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Blood parrot advice needed. Setting up tank.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.01(Sat)21:19    Post subject: Blood parrot advice needed. Setting up tank. Reply with quote

My nephew gave me a blood parrot. I have a 29 gallon tank he can live in for a while as he's growing. I am looking for suggestions. As I was reading up on the fish I discovered controversy about these fish but I still want to give him a home as he grows. I am looking for advice in set up and companions and just any good advice. Thank
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PostPosted: 2011.01.05(Wed)9:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very glad to read that you want to give this fish a good home. I am not a fan of these sort of mutations/hybrids, but if I ended up with one as a gift I would have the same thoughts as you do.

I have very limited personal experience. I do know that they can grow upwards of 7 to 8 inches so I would think a 29 gal. would be the smallest for one fish. These fish also have very small mouths and from what I have read there is a good deal of waste food at feeding that finds the bottom of the tank uneaten. This could easily lead to water quality issues so a weekly vacuum and water change would be very important.

If you are planning to upgrade tank size, I have also read that these fish are very compatible with most community-type species (unlike their cichlid lineage). Their smaller mouths and odd bodies make it very difficult for them to be aggressive. The one thing I would suggest is not to get another one. Although the males have been sterile in the past, another recent article I read noted more and more accounts of these fish successfully breeding in home aquariums.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.05(Wed)23:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I am cycling the tam with two adolescent plattys. I will update with photos. MAybe a good bottom feeding scavenger would be a good idea? I will definitely not get another one. I'll stay with this guy. His name is Jake.
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