our 7 year old fish starting laying eggs about 3 months ago

Blood Parrot fish are known to be fairly aggressive like most central American cichlids
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"Ah, lets see what can I tell you about blood parrots? I guess the best place to start is to debunk some myths. There are exceptions to any rule as you know but generally speaking BP's have no trouble swimming, or with their swim bladder, they have no trouble eating anything, nor are they shy about eating, they are more docile than their red devil parents but can be very aggressive especially when breeding. Mine has drawn blood defending her eggs! They are thought to be hybrids of red devils and perhaps midas, cichlids but no one knows for sure. As with any hybrid most of them are mules but some are fertile and will breed with many other south american cichlids. BP's and convicts are the parents of jellybeans, and BP's and flowerhorns will give off the variety known as King Kong. These fish will get huge, up to 12" or so. BTW, most BP's will get to be about 6". Unfortunately these fish are targeted by many breeders for dyeing, and also for other in-bred mutations like! having no caudal fins or deformed fins (heart BP or bloody heart!), or deformed dorsal fins (unicorns).
Cichlidnut Fishlore VIP Member. What other fish are in the 125? You could add more blood parrots to help spread out the aggression.
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Below are a few blood parrot tank mates that can possibly be housed together with your blood parrot. Of course, always use caution when mixing fish. If you see any aggression being done, simply separate the fish. Blood parrot fish are a hybrid African Cichlid. As such, they can grow large and aggressive. Most African Cichlids also need relatively hard water with a high pH.
Photo provided by FlickrSomething to keep in mind though, Bloody Parrots are less aggressive cichlids simply because they cannot defend themselves by biting as most fish can.
Photo provided by FlickrFeb 6, 2014 - Most people will say “blood parrots are aggressive fish” and as much as that might be true, you can still house other fish with them
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Blood Parrots are a slower swimming fish because of their bent spine. They also have small, mostly useless mouths. This lets them be kept with smaller fish with little problem. However, they do get large and can be aggressive. Like most cichlids they are most aggressive when spawning.You can recognise the blood red parrot at first sight due to the unique traits this fish possesses. Its beak like head and mouth and round body with large eyes are characteristic of this fish. Their mouths do not close but stay open in a perpetual "O" shape. Their teeth are far down their throats so they pretty much bump into each other but cannot bite and are no match for an aggressive fish due to this deformity produced during breeding.These fish like to dig, and nothing will stop them if there is something to dig in. They especially like to dig when they are getting ready to spawn. For this reason a fine gravel or heavy sand is recomended. They can have a significant variety of behavior when it comes to aggression. They exhibit the standard cichlid aggresion when spawning, but at other times the fish may be anywhere from very passive to fairly aggresive. Blood Parrots will often fight each other all day long, doing little damage because of their useless mouths and weak swimming, and then when it is time for them to sleep they will all congregate to the same cave and spend the night without incident, only to pick right back up where they left off the next day.Blood Parrot cichlid fish can be super aggressive as Todd shows in this video. Even tame or mild blood parrot cichlids can become super mean come breeding time. It is recommended to avoid putting your hand in the aquarium with mating blood parrots as they can easily attack to defend their area.Blood Parrot cichlid fish are very entertaining to keep. Red parrot cichlid fish are very curious and inquisitive. Blood parrot cichlids can be super aggressive and take it out on their plants. Blood parrots frequently attack plants and other tank decorations. They seem to really enjoy strong current and water flow within their aquarium. Blood Parrot cichlid fish are known to dig and rearrange their aquariums quite often. We really enjoy using sand for our blood parrot fish tanks. They sift and dig through sand for hours on end.OK, time to chill out,how long have you had these fish? have you had cichlids before? This is, I think normal blood parrot behaviour, all cichlids display aggressive behaviour,many are worse than parrots!!! when you say other fish you do mean your other blood parrots don't you ?provide hiding places for your fish, you were worried that one of your fish was frightened of swimming to the top of the tank,there may be reasons why he doesn't go to the top but being frightened of swimming there is not one of them, My advise to you is read and reply to my previous answers to your questions (in which I said that bumping was normal unless it really gets out of hand) and then to read all the posts on this site to gain knowledge of how blood parrots are , don't worry, there are lots of people on this site to help you