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"I was first introduced to the blood parrot fish when I ran across my first one back in 95'. I had a 185 gallon tank with 2 lg. 2' sharks, a 3' pelco and 4 huge angels in it. I was in a pet store I had never been in before and I saw this funny looking, cute little aqua colored \fish. It was explained to me what it was, how it would change to a deep orange/red color as it matured, and that it would only grow to about 5" tops. Well they were wrong about 2 things, Flounder as we called her (little mermaid movie, the fish on there, we thought she looked like her a little) Never did change her color, she got a little lighter but never did turn the orange/red color, and she grew to 10" big. Some say it was because of the size of the tank. I fed her flakes, shimp pellets, frozen shimp, and algae pellets. She also ate lettuce put in the tank for the sharks as I raised them to be vegetarians. (No live fish). Anyways she would follow you around the room. When the tv was on she would sit in one spot and watch the tv until it was turned off, then she would go back to checking everything out in the tank. She was quite the fish, who I grew to love very much. I had my sharks 17 yrs and her for 10 yrs. The sharks would eat out of my hand, and flounder soon learned to do the same thing. She did seem to poke at the pleco a lot but she never harmed him. My sharks died within a week of each other, I assumed old age, and 2 weeks later my flounder died. The angels had all died long before that, and I gave the pleco away and Moved to another state, so I sold my tank. Well this past yr I got another tank. I bought a 55 gallon thinking I'd be happy with it, but not the case so I upgraded to a 125, then a 185 gallon. Here it is very hard to find a true blood parrot. If you do they range from 25 dollars for a baby the size of a nickel, to $150 for a 3-4' one. You can find the dyed ones in lots of pretty colors for a little cheaper but I think it's so inhumane to do that I refuse to buy them. I had decided that my 125 gallon tank was going to be used for blood parrots only, so I was on a mission. To find true blood parrots. Sometimes I'd hear of a store having them and I'd drive up to 100 miles to find some, just to find the dyed ones. Finally, one of the guys at wally world (yea I know), seemed to be pretty knowledgeable about them and told me, I can special order them for you. Well being wally world I was very hesitant. But finally I said ok. So the wait was on. I was told 1 week. Well it took 5 weeks, but finally they were here. I didn't rush right down as I had already prepaid, and well I figured they would be small. I got in there about 6 hrs after I received the message and there were a group of people standing around discussing them. I quitely stood back and just listened, at this point all I could see was there noses, until one moved. I could not believe it. He was close to 4" big and a dark Orange, more red I'd say. At this point I'm getting excited, so I step up and say aren't they cute, and one guy said yes I think I'm going to buy one. I said not tonight your not, he kinda looked at me funny and I said they are mine, they were special ordered for me. Well then Sergio the guy who ordered them steps up and said, ah Paige your fish are here, nice aren't they? OMG yes real nice. I paid $15 each for them, and they are just amazing. I put them in the 125 gallon tank with huge logs, caves and gravel about 4" deep. a few live plants, but mainly silk plants. I had gotten the tank ready by putting in 5 gold fish (who are still in there cuz I've been to lazy to remove them) and 2 cichlids (a yellow back, and not sure of the name of the other, a brilliant orange with colored spots on her fins) that were being picked on by my big bumblebee cichlid in another tank. A 4" pelco, and a 5" picus cat and 1 lg angel (who was being picked on in the other tank). The bigger of the 2 parrots kinda goes nose to nose with the cichlid with the colored spots but they aren't hurting each other. I keep my tank at 80 degrees exactly, I check it daily. The ph about 7 and I feed the same things I fed my first blood parrot flounder. They are quick compared to flounder, but seem to hide more then flounder did. I have had them a month now and they know me, and will come out of hiding when I'm in the room. I recently ordered 2 more which haven't came in yet. Then about a week ago I ran across someone giving away a pair.(I had to drive 75 miles one way to go get them but I think they are well worth it) They are a male and a female and they are in the same tank and they are acting like they want to breed. We will see. They are bigger, around 5-6", but also a bright orange color. One has a little bit of black along the top of her but the guy said she was dark like that then started her color change. I also heard they get that way when they are ready to breed. The other 2 BP's hang near these 2 like they are protecting them or something, so we will see. All in all if you can afford these fish I would most definitely recommend having them. Not only are they cute, beautiful, playful and smart, they have a wondeful personality. They can be a bit terrerial about theire hiding places but they really don't cause anyone any grief. They make me smile or laugh every day, and if I have anything to say about it, I will always have one or more in my life. Thank you, Paige"
"Paige"

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