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post #21 of 45 Old 02-29-2016, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hey Warhawk, I watched the vid as well --fantastic--theres a tank you have about half way through the video, which has an amazing pair of Yellow what looks like Cichlids, think theres a Gourami or two in there as well, I particulary like those whatever they are.

Are you talking about the first sand bottome tank? It has 3 Gold Gourami and my corys. Or are you talking about the tank to the right with the 2 Large blood parrots? I do have a blue Gourami, black skirt tetras and the Bichir in that tank also.

I will make another video of the BP tank so you can see them a little better.


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post #22 of 45 Old 02-29-2016, 12:17 PM
Its the Blood Parrots, first time I watched I forgot I had the laptop connected to my headphones, so I thought it was a silent video, upon hearing your commentary you did mention them by name as the Blood Parrots. I had never heard of these but they are superb PS I love the look of your sand bottom tanks, I always do, It looks far nicer than the gravelly bottom, just my opinion of course. Nice Guppies too, nice everything. Hats Off

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Its the Blood Parrots, first time I watched I forgot I had the laptop connected to my headphones, so I thought it was a silent video, upon hearing your commentary you did mention them by name as the Blood Parrots. I had never heard of these but they are superb PS I love the look of your sand bottom tanks, I always do, It looks far nicer than the gravelly bottom, just my opinion of course. Nice Guppies too, nice everything. Hats Off
I totally agree about the sand. I started using it a few years ago, and never see myself going back to gravel substrate. It just looks epic, especially with some nice plants.
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Its the Blood Parrots, first time I watched I forgot I had the laptop connected to my headphones, so I thought it was a silent video, upon hearing your commentary you did mention them by name as the Blood Parrots. I had never heard of these but they are superb

Blood Parrots are a hybrid fish. From what I have seen some cichlid keepers hate the fish because of that. I bought my first one about 4 years ago when my wife fell in love with him at one of the big chain stores. There is a lot of guessing on what fish they breed but last I read they have found out(sorry don't have the book with me) both where South American cichilds.

The first Caption Jack he has lots of personality and will chase your finger on the glass and eat from your hand. The other is Ms Swan she isn't as out going but still nice. I plan on moving them this summer to a 75g tank and getting a few more.

I did put them in the 150g for about a week but they stressing out Kong(my bigger oscar) I think because Jack was bigger, so I moved him. Like I said in the video the 150g is my oscar tank (Kong and Oswald) everyone else is just there until they cause a issue then will be moved. Long story short those are my 3rd set of Oscars and these are the largest I have had so far.


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I totally agree about the sand. I started using it a few years ago, and never see myself going back to gravel substrate. It just looks epic, especially with some nice plants.

I tried play sand a few years ago, it looked nice but after a few months I hated it. But this time I used pool filter sand I do like this much better. On those two 20g H tanks with sand I do have a DIY Co2 bottle on both and I hope it helps the plants grow as good as they have in my other tanks.


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Hey Warhawk, I watched the vid as well --fantastic--theres a tank you have about half way through the video, which has an amazing pair of Yellow what looks like Cichlids, think theres a Gourami or two in there as well, I particulary like those whatever they are.
I believe those were his blood parrot cichlids.

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Oops....posted late and just saw the responses.

I believe blood parrots are a cross between severum and I think red devil cichlids, but I'm not certain. I'm pretty sure on the severum part though.

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Oops....posted late and just saw the responses.

I believe blood parrots are a cross between severum and I think red devil cichlids, but I'm not certain. I'm pretty sure on the severum part though.

I always thought it was those same fish but I picked up a book a few weeks ago "Fish Encyclopedia" I think and had something other than the red devil listed. I will have to get that book out tonight to be sure, sounded off to me but I'm no expert. I will post the book and author and what is says in the morning.


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post #29 of 45 Old 02-29-2016, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Complete Encyclopedia of the Freshwater Aquarium lists them as a hybrid of Vieja synspilum and Amphilophus citrinellus.

Looking at date it's 2001 so not as new as I thought, so could be out of date already. It does say it was thought to be severum hybrid but it says that was proven wrong. Not sure how they proved it.


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I tried play sand a few years ago, it looked nice but after a few months I hated it. But this time I used pool filter sand I do like this much better. On those two 20g H tanks with sand I do have a DIY Co2 bottle on both and I hope it helps the plants grow as good as they have in my other tanks.
I had pool filter sand first (funny story, the guy at the pool place was convinced that I was crazy, and the silica would kill my fish in a terrible way ) and it did fine for a few years until the bottom layer started turning black, and there were green patches on the surface. I replaced it with play sand and have had that for a few months and am already getting black spots underneath . The pool filter sand has larger particles which is supposed to be better for plant root aeration, so I am probably going back to that, especially with my new tank. Btw, love the thread. I might start one of my own as I start piecing together that 55g of mine
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