Blood parrot tank mates are definitely a possibility, but you must choose the right fish to co-exist with your blood parrot. 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. Just make sure to get fish that are peaceful, fast, and are in no way a threat to your blood parrot. Also, you are going to want to get fish that are bigger than the size of your blood parrots mouth. The truth is… if it can fit in your blood parrots mouth, it will be lunch!
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.
The most common snail being sold in pet stores today is the apple snail. Apple snails can be put into a blood parrots tank with no problem due to its large hard shell. The blood parrot can’t possibly harm the snail. It is recommended to get a big apple snail, rather than a small one if you have a large blood parrot fish.
Convicts are very peaceful fish and are quite comical to watch when they are juveniles. Being a peaceful fish, convicts should make good tank mates for your blood parrot. Be warned, blood parrots and convicts can breed and create very awkward looking fish.
Cory catfish make great tank mates due to their calmness and way of living. As a bottom dweller, they will stay out of the way of your blood parrot and will do a very good job at cleaning the tank by eating all uneaten fish food at the bottom of the tank which may fall into your fish tanks substrate.
Larger Species Tetra
Stay away from neon and cardinal tetras as they will most likely be eaten. Go with the larger sized tetras. Some fish keepers have successfully kept the larger tetra species with their blood parrots such as the lemon tetras, glow tetras, serpae tetras, and etc. If you’d like you could add a bit of foliage and PVC pipes in the tank to allow for your tetras to hide and maneuver around just in case there is a little tension between the two species.
The debate continues… Some fishkeepers say they have housed opaline gouramis together with blood parrots with no problem while others say they will fight if you house them together. It’s a hit or miss in this situation. If you want to try it, you will have to monitor the fish very carefully for a while.
Plecos make good tank mates for blood parrots because of their size and calmness. Most plecos spend their days eating algae on rocks and glass, not bothering anybody. If you are wanting to get a pleco, get one based on the size of your fish tank. Some plecos get big, while other stay small (5 inches) like the clown plecos, bristlenose plecos, and rubber lipped plecos. But all do pretty well with blood parrots.
Yoyo loaches have great energy and are great fish to add to any tank. They are also bottom dwellers and will not bother your blood parrot fish. They are known to ruin and eat live plants on occasion, so be careful if you are using live plants.
A Guide in Choosing Blood Parrot Fish Tank Mates
- No nibblers – do not get any fish that will nibble at your blood parrot. Your blood parrot will defend itself and fight back.
- No bigger fish – Anything that looks big will intimidate your blood parrot. Intimidation will cause stress or fights.
- Tank size – If you are getting tank mates for your blood parrot, you will be needing a large fish tank. Blood parrots alone need a large tank. So if you will be wanting to get tank mates, you will be needing a very large tank. The more room, the better.
- Bottom feeders – Many bottom feeders are fish that can live well with blood parrots. (Plecos, catfish, and loaches)
- Diet & water requirements – Make sure to choose only fish that require the same diet and water conditions as your blood parrot. Sometimes, tank mates will require different foods. Make sure you know the diet of each fish if you are adding different fish that require different diets.
- Juveniles – The best way to introduce fish together is to buy them all as juveniles. If they grow up together, they will be able to tolerate each other better. Introducing new fish when they are fully mature may be harder.