Yesterday I had to do one of the hardest things Ive had to do since Ive been keeping fish. I had to euthanize my 4 yr blood parrot as she never improved from her year long "illness" if we can call it that. I have to say the parrot was probably my favorite fish. loved the unique personality and how they seem to recognize you and interact with others in the tank. That being said, now that im looking back, I dont think I could ever buy another one and support the market. When I got mine, I remember hearing about some of the negative things we all know about - deformities, how prone to illnesses they are, how people advocate it is almost cruel how they came to be etc. Despite that, I decided to give it a go thinking maybe they just needed a little more attention to keep happy and everything would be ok. Long story short, after owning one I got to see many of its physical shortcomings (before the illnesses) and how much of a disadvantage she had when in came to eating and trying to reproduce in comparison to other fish. As far a health goes, i have never had a fish so prone to diseases. This shocked me because i stay on top of my tanks and clean them regularly. So I never have any issues aside from your occasional fluke. However, after the first year I started to have issues with the BP. She got ick twice (without the introduction of new fish or stress), several fungus infections, swim bladder, loss of appetite due to intestinal problems, and towards the end she could not swim other than in circles and always floating a top of the tank despite trying to swim down as hard as she could. For this reason as much as I enjoyed her, I dont think I could get myself to get another parrot or encourage others to do so. Anyone else had a similar experience here?