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Old 01-15-2004, 10:40 PM   #1
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Parrot fish compatibility

I want a parrot fish, or two.. or whatever. What are their tank mates? and is there anything special I need to know about them?
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Old 01-15-2004, 10:54 PM   #2
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Which parrots are you talking about? Blood parrots? Parrotfish (that are SW)? Or the other freshwater parrotfish?

I'm guessing you mean Blood parrots. Those are the ones with the funny faces that come in a zillion colors. Some important things to know:

They are not a natural breed. Theres a lot of controversy about exactly what they are (I've read everything from a convicts, severums, red devil cross, midas cichlids being crossbred, to they being a severum mutant), but do know you won't ever find one in nature.

The only natural colors are the orangey yellow ones; any other colors you see, especially the purple/blue ones are artificial and thats NOT a good thing for fish.

Because of their shape, they are deformed. The mouth is especially an issue, and often as they get older they lose the ability to close it.

On the other hand, they are extremely personable, and are often described as doglike in their enthusiasm and ability to recognise people and be trained.
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Old 01-15-2004, 11:27 PM   #3
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awww (thats a "thats not good" and a "thats so cute" awww)

I think they were the blood parrots yes they are fw. At my lfs they had some and Im just drawn to them. How are they artificial? Er, what is done to them or whatever that makes them like that?
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Old 01-15-2004, 11:32 PM   #4
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lyquidphyre...

The blood parrot cichlids are the end result of selectively breeding different types of cichlids together (and nobody is exactly sure which cichlids were hybridized to come up with this variation). They are 'artificial' in that no cichlid that looks like blood parrot cichlids ever swam wild on this planet (unless somebody put them in a river or lake somewhere).

Many people like the blood parrot cichlids...they certainly are good sellers. They do have the aggressiveness of their cichlid parents and, as Allivymar stated, have been bred for a particular body shape that has resulted in them having what appears to be a curved spinal column and being unable to completely close their mouths. Basically....blood parrot cichlids are the piscine equivalent of the Pekingese dog!
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Old 01-15-2004, 11:35 PM   #5
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Oh...when Allivymar posted about colors being artificial....that's exactly what was meant. Blood Parrot Cichlids that are anything but yellowish or reddish-orange have been treated with some sort of dye that turns them the various colors (like blue). Much to my displeasure...I saw some Oscars in my lfs that had been given the same dye treatment....I think they called them 'Blueberry Oscars'.

Personally I think anybody who would do that to a fish should be SHOT!!!! But then...I guess I do get a bit violent when I'm not taking my medications!
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Old 01-15-2004, 11:52 PM   #6
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Ah, I didn't know if she meant "dyed" or not. Are the pink ones dyed? (probably Im guessing).

I have just always liked them. I'm the type that likes the deformed, quirky fish. Are they healthy despite the spine and mouth problem? Are they genetically dyed? or... ?

I would really like one, but if they aren't healthy (all things considering) or they end up being more trouble than they are worth I would pass.

I just put black gravel in my guppy tank (planning to sell my guppies) and the back is black and I wanted a larger, striking fish and the hot pinkish and orange ones would be so nice.. and i just like them.


This might sound like a stupid question but would dwarf puffers work well in that tank? Because they are both aggressive?

I have a 40 gal- how many parrot fish could I put in that tank because?

So many questions.. hehe TIA
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http://www.sydneycichlid.com/dyeing.html

Check this link. It will help you understand how fishes are dyed.
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Quote:
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http://www.sydneycichlid.com/dyeing.html

Check this link. It will help you understand how fishes are dyed.
What is the difference between the glassfish and the parrot fish in how they are injected? Because I can visually see the "paint" on glassfish when I see them in fish stores and they look "fake" but it looks more "natural" in a parrot fish
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I have dwarf puffers & South American puffers w/my parrot cichlid.
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The parrot cichlid is a artificial fish that has been made up by some weird guy with a syringe, some eggs, and sperm. It is a frankenstein fish, as Alli said nobody really knows what fishes have been used. They also say that these fish are infertile and can not be breed, but i think that nature will take over and sort that out.
As i have said to Allivymar before the parrot cichlid was produced just to make money and it has worked. Someone has made a mutant fish and made millions of $ out of it.
That is the thing about this hobby, nobody knows what will happen next.

Back to your question, you can keep quite a few different kinds of fish with a parrot cichlid. Like Alli said the mouth on a parrot is very small so as long as the fish you are keeping with it grows bigger than there mouth they should not eat it. The one thing to remember though is that it is a cichlid so it will have aggressive tendencys, even though they are infertile they will still try to breed and that is when cichlids are at there most aggressive stage.
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