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baxtor_lex
12-18-2009, 10:35 AM
How long does it take BP's to grow to a 6" size?? and when will they stop hiding im finding it extremely irritating never seeing any fish in such a big tank??
Same growth question about "kirin" parrots too?? anyone have a Flowerhorn X parrot?? what are yours like??
thanks guys

TwistedPenguin
12-18-2009, 10:44 AM
They're shy fish, any amount of research will tell you that. If you want an outgoing 'extroverted' fish you're probably out of luck.
I've had my 3 Blood Parrots over 2 yrs, it took about a year for them to get to 6" from juvies. The 3rd one never did grow much and is still a runt

baxtor_lex
12-18-2009, 10:47 AM
They're shy fish, any amount of research will tell you that. If you want an outgoing 'extroverted' fish you're probably out of luck.

i knew they were shy, i didnt actually want this type of fish.... but now im stuck with them im embracing them..

i read so much conflicting info on them, thats why i thought id just ask on here

TwistedPenguin
12-18-2009, 10:52 AM
Well if it makes you feel any better mine will come darting up to the front begging when they see me reaching to open the lid to feed them. They're in a 6' tank with some Plecs so there's no real competition and it's a dark tank.

baxtor_lex
12-18-2009, 10:55 AM
thanks.... its just frustrating to have a fish i dont want, then i cant even watch them... i would love a flowerhorn instead, but as far as i know, there hard to come by here in the uk.....

so do parrots ALWAYS hide or is a age thing??

TwistedPenguin
12-18-2009, 11:00 AM
It took several months of settling in before mine would come out when I was around. I think they must be pretty intelligent as far as fish go. Because mine won't come out at all when it's my husband or son in front of the tank. They either recognize me or recognize that I'm a giant food bag.

baxtor_lex
12-18-2009, 11:05 AM
hmm, i agree. they're definatly brainy, im considering rehoming...... im never going to settle with them...

but im SO picky when it comes to fish, i like size, but i dont like you average JD, sevs, gt, all that stuff.... wanted something abit different....

i feel so unsatisfied with these parrots....

i love my kirin parrot though, but even he's started hiding more... i dont know :(

vfc
12-18-2009, 8:03 PM
Although your tank picture is blurry, it looks like you may have a blue reflective background.

Try changing it to a natural plant background. My Blood Parrot hid for weeks when I had a blue background. When I changed it to a natural background, the BP was out in front of the tank within an hour and is now always up front swimming around. I assume he feels safer knowing he can dart into the weeds if threatened.

baxtor_lex
12-19-2009, 5:01 AM
its surprisingly black haha, but i will defo look into getting a new background after christmas :)

baxtor_lex
12-19-2009, 5:01 AM
oh and v-nice tank you have there!

vfc
12-19-2009, 9:44 AM
Thanks. The tank is decorated with some of the Christmas gifts the kids have given me over the years.

I think I'm getting another BIG structure this time. So I will have to figure out which tank to put it in and make room for it.

I would like an all-natural tank, but that would hurt their feelings if I didn't use at least some of their gifts. Just another sacrifice a parent makes for the kids.