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Blood parrot cichlid
Red parrot fish
Origin: central America
Biotope: not specific
200 L / 44 imp gal / 53 US gal
T°: 22 à 27°C or 72 to 84°F
pH: 6 to 8
Hardness: no data
20 cm (8")
10 to 50 years
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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