Blood Parrot Cichlid
The Blood Parrots have been in the market for many years but became
very common in the recent years. This hybrid was first created in Taiwan
in late 80s and since it is one of the most popular cichlid in many
countries. How it was created is still shady but according to some
breeders the blood parrot is the offspring of the severum with the red
devil cichlid or the Midas cichlid and the Vieja synspila. There are more
types of parrot cichlids available in the market, bubblegum parrot
cichlids and jellybean parrot cichlids are not “pure” blood parrot but
hybrid between parrot cichlid and convict cichlid. The blood parrot
available in a variety of colors, bright yellow, orange and red.
Unfortunately these cichlids are painted and available in purple, blue,
green and other hurtful colors. It has a very small mouth and a “balloon”
shaped body, its eyes are large and they can not close their mouth
all the way.
Scientific Name – Parrot fish are man made hybrid therefore it doesn’t have a scientific name.
Family – Cichlidae
Origin – Only found in aquariums
Size – Up to 20 cm
First discovered – Man-made cross-bred cichlid
Nutrition – Blood Parrots will eat a variety of foods. Flakes, pellets frozen and live foods. Frozen foods such
as bloodworms are its favorite.
Behavior –Semi- aggressive
Maintenance and care – The blood parrot should be kept in large tanks, a 60-70 gallon fish tank will be
sufficient. The tank should be decorated with rocks and woods to provide hiding places. Blood Parrots
cichlid will do best with a softer substrate, as they like to dig. Hardy, bitter plants (Anubias, Microsorium
and Echinodorus) can be used if live plants are desired. The great part of keeping blood parrot is the fact
that they can be kept with other cichlids and with peaceful community fish such as Cory’s and large tetras.
Water Parameters – Temperature: 70F-82F (21C-28C), pH: 6.5-8.2
Breeding – Male blood parrots generally are infertile but some parrots have been known to breed. In most