Blood Parrot Eggs

Discussion in 'American Cichlids' started by MonkeySee, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. MonkeySeeNew MemberMember

    I just posted here last week because I was moving my fish to a much bigger aquarium. I used the old filter media (and filter + a second filter) and all the plants/wood/rocks from the old tank. So that may have sped up cycling. Well ten days into this new tank adventure, I discovered that my two blood parrots were digging and clearly making room for something. I found this strange because normally the bigger one bullies the smaller one and she'd always hide. All of a sudden they weren't just constantly together but they just became super territorial.

    Well now I just noticed the eggs. I know most male parrots are infertile. What do I do with the eggs? Will it mess with my water parameters?

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  2. NavigatorBlackFishlore VIPMember

    Most males are infertile, not all. See what happens. If they fungus, pull them. It's not a big problem for the cycle.
  3. MonkeySeeNew MemberMember

    Okay thank you! :)

    Just wondering....everyone I know seems to be confused about these BPs. This whole time I thought they were both female. Then someone pointed out to me that the BP in the picture above is actually male. But he (?) is the one guarding the eggs so what gives? Is (s)he the female after all?
  4. grantm91Fishlore VIPMember

    They will eat them soon, its just a nuisance i have a pair that do it all the time they batter my hand whilst its spawning time. Those eggs have already begun to fester.
  5. NavigatorBlackFishlore VIPMember

    Two females can spawn. It's common with Cichlids. They need to unload the eggs, and keeping them as a single sex tank is not what nature has wired them for. There may be preference too, but at the very least, there is a need to try to live a normal life and spawn.

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