You are here

how fast do they grow?

ok guys how long does it take for the BPs to reach a larger size? mine is about 2 1/2 inches and just wondering if they were slow growers? not that its real important, but i haven't read anything.

Topics: 

Comments

it really depends on the tank size. when i got my first blood parrot i had him in a 20 gallon, and he hardly grew at all. Then I inherited a 75 gallon and he really shot up in size quick. But it was gradual, so I didn't really notice how quickly he had grown until I went to the pet store and the baby blood parrots looked tiny lol.
According to Wikipedia: Adult fish can grow to a length of 8–10 inches (20–25 centimeters) and reach an age of 10 years or older.
My largest one (given to me) is about 4 or 5 inches and I have no idea how old she is.. But my the first blood parrot I ever bought (probably about 3 or 4 years) is only about half an inch less than her.. haha sorry I'm blabing on and on :P

he is in a 29 so will he stay small for a long time or is that big enough for him to grow normally?

I got two that were almost the same size, now one has almost reached the size of my original parrots were as the other still looks tiny(although he is growing) maybe it depends on whether is male or female?

i think tank size does play a large part in their growth.. the first one i had that was in the 20 gallon was in there for about a year or 2 with very little growth.. With a 29 gallon, I doubt it will get very large. Are there any other fish in the tank?

just 6 white skirts, i use as dithers. and he hates those. tries to eat them. but he gets 2 water changes a week.

i got two at the same time. one in a 100 gallon and one in a 29. the one in the 100 gallon is about 6 inches and the one in the 29 is maybe 4 inches. they are fed the same and have the same care. so, i agree that tank size is a big factor in how fast they grow.

I have four blood parrots,all of them were bought within two weeks of each other. Two of them are considerably bigger now. The big ones are now about 4-5 inches and the small ones are about 2-3 inches. They are in a 55 gallon tank. They are now about a year old. I stopped into a local store and saw one that was about the size of a small dinner plate. The employee told me that iw would take about 7 more years for mine to get to that size.

i got 18 parrots in a 165 gallon tank, i got them about 3 yrs ago and when i got them, they were all around 2-3 inches, now most of them are around 5-6 inches, and a couple are around 7 inches whereas 2 or 3 of them have just grown to about 4 inches. they are all kept in the same tank and are feed the same too, but still some of them have grown at a good rate, while some are still pretty small. but lately they havent grown much, is it due to overcrowding or wat??

yours should have roughly a 200 gal tank,tank size is a factor although some fish are just smaller than others

Size has not been important to me. The tank is much
smaller than recommended, but my five bp's grew
from about three inches to six over six years. I lost
them early in the year to some disease, probably
from introducing a new small one. After cleaning the tank and Fluval filter I bought six new ones about
two inches in size. I was lucky, they were never
shy and come over expecting be fed when I get near the tank(two small grains each every morning) and
perform for company. I change half the water and clean the filter once month with a thorough vacuuming
There is a fountain aeriating the water and lots of plants which are the ones they don't eat. However,
they are growing rapidly-about three inches now.
They are real joy to have, and is difficult to get friends
away from the tank. They also get mostly window
lightand some supplemental for the plants, but the
hate to have their sleep disturbed with night light