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Lady Hobbs
04-18-2008, 02:21 PM
Parrots sell for $28-45 around here. Can you imagine how much a spawn like this would bring in? Too bad they are infertile because these fish sure would be good parents.

They do not even eat the dead eggs and the tank is full of them. This log is covered with eggs on all sides, too. Tons of eggs.

Ghostknife
04-18-2008, 02:28 PM
Holy crap, thats alot of eggs! You might as well get some use out of them, good old Scramled Eggs!

Lady Hobbs
04-18-2008, 02:34 PM
This has got to be their largest spawn ever. There must be a 1,000 eggs in there. or more

Ghostknife
04-18-2008, 02:35 PM
Why are they not fertilized?? Is the male not doing his job? Sorry for the ingorance, never had these lads before!

Tolley
04-18-2008, 02:35 PM
wow thats amazing, now to get your firemouths spawning that many! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

angelcakes
04-18-2008, 02:46 PM
thats alot of eggs......:19:

sandy_n
04-18-2008, 05:14 PM
That's a whole lot of eggs! :laugh1blue:

Incredulous_Ed
04-18-2008, 06:13 PM
Dang. I can get small parrots here for like 12$. But the again, they are small.

RainMan
04-18-2008, 06:54 PM
Why are they not fertile... and why are they spread across the entire tank like that? Seems like it's a mess to clean up now.

That would be a money maker though... wow!

Goshawk
04-18-2008, 07:15 PM
Well the reason they are so expensive is because people can't breed them. Only farms can. The farms do something (I don't know what) to make the males that they sale infertile. Meaning there the only one hows supplying your LFS. If they were fertile the market would probably even out and they'd be the same price as any other cichlid.

RainMan
04-18-2008, 07:24 PM
awww.... sneaky buggers took the poor parrots mojo... that's not cool.

Thanks for chiming in Goshawk. I had no idea.

Lady Hobbs
04-18-2008, 10:40 PM
Parrots are a hybrid between a severum and a Red Texas Cichlid. Other types of male cichlids are said to also be used.

The are all imported and not farm raised in the US. This is why they cost more.

young_cichlid
05-31-2008, 12:17 AM
is it possible to crossbred them in a aquarium?

country_boy454
05-31-2008, 03:06 AM
Wow that is a lot of eggs! They do look to be like they would be good parents!

Dave66
05-31-2008, 03:53 AM
Hobbsy,
There have been stories of SOME pairs bearing fertile eggs that I've read about; a case of nature finding a way. Most likely they are sister and brother from a 'spawn'. They inject the fish with hormones to make them lay, then 'milk' the male with a catheter to fertilize them, because the vast majority of those male hybrids have no idea how to spray milt. The fertilization process, I've seen.

Dave