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Old 06-18-2003, 05:35 PM   #1
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FW Parrotfish?

I am trying to find info on FW Parrotfish. My wife saw some at the LFS and I think she has fallen in love. I have been trying to research them online but always run into SW Parrotfish info. Any help/info would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-18-2003, 07:35 PM   #2
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Hey JM, I think I may know why you were having trouble finding them, that is if this is the cichlid you're talking about. The cichlid I think you're talking about is called a Blood Parrot Cichlid. Go to this link and post back if this is what you are looking for.

http://freshaquarium.about.com/libra...s/blfw6084.htm

From what I hear they're nice fish that cause little to no probs with other fish. I see them in show tanks in LFS's and they always seem peaceful and bright colored.
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Old 06-18-2003, 08:15 PM   #3
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Just as an aside, parrots are actually a hybrid of three different cichlids, Red Devil, Severums and something else that I can't remember. Last I heard they cannot breed on their own and are "created" by fish breeders. Most of the hardcore cichlid (or just fishkeepers) keepers, consider them an abomination.
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Old 06-19-2003, 01:46 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info, I will go down to the LFS myself and investigate a little further.
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Old 09-01-2003, 05:04 PM   #5
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hey just another wife loves these fish. i have 6 in 2 40 gallon tanks, 3 in each tank. i absolutley love these little guys!they have an awsome personality! i hope that your wife got some.
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Just make sure you don't get the dyed ones!

If they're called Jellybean or Bubble Gum Parrots, stay away. These poor creatures have been subjected to a cruel process of dying to enhance their color. It doesn't even last.
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dont get them, stay a way from all hybrids
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Theres a lot of controversy bout the blood parrots. Some say they are a mixed breed hybrid (I've heard severums, red devils, green terrors, etc). Others say they are actually mutated severums (sort of like the different types of goldfish mutations). I tend to think the latter, as they have many of the characteristics of the severum. They're bred in Asia (Malaysia maybe?) and it appears a lot of the rumors come from there; maybe to confuse the issue so people don't bred them on their own (as no one is sure what the combo is to get them) and they can have a monopoly. However, they CAN breed (although this is rare). From what I've read, the offspring tend to be a combo of blood parrots and what appears to be severum, which again leads me to believe they are mutated severums.

While I personally aren't fond of them, I know they tend to be VERY personable. I've heard them described as almost like pet dogs. I do know they have to be watched as they get older; the deformities can cause problems (such as being unable to close their mouths). And as for why I don't like them...I just think they're ugly LOL
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I hate those giant knobby heads that they get, same with flowerhorns.
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I hate those giant knobby heads that they get, same with flowerhorns.
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