2 new BPs

Discussion in 'Parrot Cichlid' started by abc123d30, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. abc123d30

    abc123d30Well Known MemberMember

    I just got 2 new Blood Red Parrot Cichlids and they are so small and cute :D
    They're pretty shy but sometimes they come out to the front of the tank and swim.

    Check'em out :photo:

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  2. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Cute! Which tank did they go into? :)
  3. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    oh they are cute! I would love to put some in a tank, just have no idea what tank to use lol

  4. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Me too! They need to be in groups I think and a large tank. My 75 has Discus in it and is the largest tank I have so I guess their out for me :)
  5. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Babies! :) Congrats abc!

  6. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    congrats they're cute.
  7. James95

    James95Well Known MemberMember

    They can be kept as singles but prefer to live with other BPs. They need at least a 55 gallon tank as adults.

    Congrats on your new babies, ABC!
  8. OP

    abc123d30Well Known MemberMember

    Thanks all :)
    and they went into my 55gallon. I'm hoping to eventually upgrade to a larger tank in the future so by that time they should be pretty big and ready to go in a bigger tank.
  9. James95

    James95Well Known MemberMember

    Bigger is great! I can't see a permanent 55g being an issue. The maximum size for a blood parrot is between 8 and 10 inches, but 6 inches is more likely.

    Size also depends on your fish's ancestry. If they have any red devil cichlid genes in them they're bound to get big. If they have any convict cichlid genes they'll stay on the smaller side.

    It can be hard to determine the adult size of a hybridized fish. Especially with the mixing of multiple species :)
  10. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    I love aquarist48 s 265 with his huge BPs :) Just an example of what they can look like :)
  11. James95

    James95Well Known MemberMember

    I agree. I'm so jealous of that tank! Most of Ken's BPs look like red devil/Midas/severum mixes. These tend to be the bigger BPs.
  12. OP

    abc123d30Well Known MemberMember

    Yeah I think the bps should be fine in the 55 gallon especially while they are still not full grown. I already planned to eventually get a larger tank (125g or larger) so I figure by that time the Bps will be big enough that they'd be more comfortable in a bigger tank :)

    @james95 that's interesting about the size depending on the fish's ancestry, I never knew about that before
  13. James95

    James95Well Known MemberMember

    I too find it interesting. But, with such mish mosh of a gene pool it doesn't come as a surprise. lol

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