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Franna 05-27-2008 10:29 AM

29 gal & Blood Parrot
I am thinking of getting a Blood Parrot but I only have a 29 gal.

Do you think that is managable if it is one of the only fish in the tank?

I was thinking of leaving my 4 Corys in there and my Spotted Rubbernosed Pleco.

Pasfur 05-27-2008 11:19 AM

For the size the Blood Parrot gets, a 55 gallon would be preferable. That being said, I kept a Blood Parrot for 12 years, the first 5 in a 29 gallon aquarium. It was filtered by a Penguin 330. The only tankmates were 3 Rafael Catfish.

I changed 10 gallons of water every other day. Without this aggressive water change schedule, I do not think the fish would have thrived in this size aquarium.

The last 7 years of its life were spent in a 55 gallon with a Green Severum and Gold Severum as tank mates.

aquakid 07-06-2008 09:31 AM

Highly not recommended!!!!!!!

okiemavis 07-06-2008 09:40 AM

This is a chance for me to encourage you to pick a different fish. Blood parrots are a rather cruel man-made hybrid. Their spines are bent and deformed and many of them cannot close their mouths because of the odd shape they have become.

There are lots of interesting, colorful and intelligent fish that you could get that would not support such a cruel industry. Why not check out some of the other cichlids around?

herefishy 07-06-2008 11:44 AM

Okie, I agree. Too many other nice looking, odd ball fish out there that would do much better in that size of tank. Blood parrots are an example of a marketing experiment that too many have bought into. Genetically altered fish such as the blood parrot, are a feeble minded attempt to make money that we should steer away from as fishkeepers.

okiemavis 07-06-2008 02:24 PM

Thanks herefishy :D

Some of my own personal recommendations: a pair of cribs, some Tanganyikan shell dwellers, a Fenestratus

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