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02-21-2014, 03:14 AM #1
Feeding a blood parrot
I love my blood parrot's. I have had them for 2 1/2 years now. I feed them once a day in the morning. They are each about 6 inches from mouth to end of caudal fin. It is kinda sad that their mouths are somewhat deformed because it prevents them from feeding properly imo. The floating pellets don't work. It's like watching children bob for apples. The flakes will work to some degree, as well as some sinking pellets. My question is, what other types of food should I be feeding these guys? I think their mouths prevent them from scarfing just anything I put in the tank. Thank you in advance.
IMG_0032.jpg[SIZE="1"]55g truvue tank with built in wet/dry filtration.
02-21-2014, 11:14 AM #2
Hi, I also have 5 BP and really they are lovable and cute. But i never had this problem with them.. Mine's eat whatever i feed them without a problem. I feed them with varied diet like floating pellets, Flakes, Sinking granules, Spirulina pellets, blood worms and Shrimps...
I don't know if you tried it or do it beforehand.. Soak the food in tank water for a minute and then feed it, it will be easier to eat for them then.
02-24-2014, 09:17 PM #3
I have 2 BP too. One is a year and a half, one is some time older (about 3 and 4 inch respective). NEVER have I had trouble feeding them. Especially pellets. I have many different sized and flavor pellets. It is really fun to watch them eat them, they chomp like a cow and their gills puff out when they do. Hell I even break up the soft noodle dog food sometimes for a treat. They go mental. LOL Are you perhaps feeding too much that your not admitting? No competition? They can eat them but are fussy? There's got to be a reason for you because BP can physically eat pellets.55 Gallon community tank.
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11-07-2014, 04:17 PM #4
I'm late to this party but I have 2 blood parrots in my 90. One has NO difficulty eating. The other ones mouth is so small that it has difficulty. I've been taking pains to hand feed the smaller one because it's clear it has difficulty positioning itself to intake the food. It's like it can't see it's mouth so it doesn't know where to attack the food. I attempt to swat the other fish away when I hand feed it and sometimes that helps. Otherwise, I feel your frustration Sheil.
11-11-2014, 04:37 AM #5
I joined a blood parrot forum and asked about the small mouth issue. Had some good suggestions. Because BP's are so sociable it's easy to train them to slip into a large net. If you can make that happen, then net the fish and sequester it during feeding time, giving it a chance to take it's time to eat without being rushed.
Another is to feed cichlid sticks. They're about the size of chow mien noodles and crunchy. You can hand feed them easier than flakes or pellets.
11-12-2014, 06:27 AM #6Member Swordtails
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Try small shrimp pellets or cichlid sticks or something... small and solid. Mine will eat anything, including the flake that sink below the surface.Work hard and have fun