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Blood parrot cichlid

Blood parrot cichlid
(Red parrot fish)

Blood parrot cichlid is a hybrid fish. Therefore, the males sterile. They have a poor quality of life because they are distorted and we encourage you to avoid their maintenance. However, as everyone is free, here are some tips to take care of your fish!

Scientific name

None

Common name

Blood parrot cichlid
Blood parrot
Parrot cichlid
Bloody Parrot
Red parrot fish

Origin

what are its countries of origin?

Origin: central America
Biotope: not specific

Dimorphism

what are the physical differences between males and females?

None

Group

Group

Cichlidae

Volume

what is the minimum volume for this species?

200 L / 44 imp gal / 53 US gal

Water parameters

what are the water parameters for the maintenance of this fish?

T°: 22 à 27°C or 72 to 84°F
pH: 6 to 8
Hardness: no data

Difficulty

Difficulty

Average

Size

what is the maximum size of this fish?

20 cm (8")

Life expectancy

what is the average life expectancy of this fish?

10 to 50 years

Living zone

in which area of the aquarium does this fish live?

Middle

Individuals

sociability of the species

2

Food

How to feed the Blood parrot cichlid?

Food

How to feed the Blood parrot cichlid?

The beak-shaped mouth of Blood Parrot cichlid requires only special food. Indeed, they can not close their mouth completely and can not chew. They crush the food with the muscles of the throat. That’s why it needs foods that are adapted and assimilated in this way.

red parrot

Behavior

What kind of behavior does the Blood parrot cichlid have?

Behavior

What kind of behavior does the Blood parrot cichlid have?

It is difficult to generalise about the behavior of the species, except for their tendency to be territorial. Indeed, some will be aggressive when others will be very shy.

Cohabitation

Who can live with the Blood parrot cichlid?

Cohabitation

Who can live with the Blood parrot cichlid?

Even though its mouth is distorted, it still retains its predatory instinct. Thus, the association with smaller fish should be avoided because they could serve as a meal.

Depending on the temper of the fish, you can associate it with other cichlids from Central or South America. As a precaution, avoid cichlids too big or aggressive.

Breeding

How to breed the Blood parrot cichlid?

Breeding

How to breed the Blood parrot cichlid?

Impossible except with the use of hormones and a specific diet. Even with this method, breeding is uncertain.

Note that you can have clutches in your aquarium but they will be sterile and the eggs will eventually rot.

Since females are often fertile, breeding of females with males from other Cichlids is possible. It would not be surprising that it is because of this that we find many variants in the Blood Parrot.

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Blood parrot cichlid?

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Blood parrot cichlid?

The Blood Parrots cichlids are big polluters. Feel free to install a powerful filtration and make water changes regularly to keep the water clean.

Arrange your decoration so that there are hiding spots, but also plenty of room for swimming.

Good to know

Good to know

Find all additional information!

It is derived from the cross between a female Paraneetroplus synspilus and a male Amphilophus citrinellus. Like all hybrids, it is usually sterile. Let us specify that it is the males that are sterile, not the females.

The color variants are numerous. The most common is orange, but there are also yellow or red. However, with the injection of hormones or dyes, more far-fetched colors are possible. Fortunately, this practice has been condemned and it is now very rare to find this kind of motive.

As for the FlowerHorn, ethical controversies revolve around this deformed fish and unnatural, because its quality of life is quite low even if we respect all the necessary maintenance parameters.

It owes its name to the shape of its head and its mouth, in «beak», reminding that of the Parrot.

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