Blood Parrot Fish, Bloody Parrot, Blood Parrotfish, American Cichlid Hybrid
The aquarium setup is one of the most important factors when discussing the care of blood parrots -- just like other aquarium fish species. Due to their large size, you'll want nothing smaller than a 50-gallon aquarium, bigger for more than one blood parrot. Use a soft substrate, such as sand, at the bottom of the tank. You'll also want to provide these sometimes shy cichlids with a variety of hiding places such as large rocks and bogwood. They also prefer live plants in the tank -- but use them in pots as the blood parrots may damage the root systems of your aquarium plants.
Many people enjoy keeping various types of fish in their aquarium for a more spectacular display of shapes and colors. If you prefer to have other fish in your tank besides blood parrots, they do well with most other South American cichlids, barbs, corydoras catfish, silver dollars and danios. Larger cichlids may bully them, however.
We have a pair of Blood Parrot fish.
My fish, Mango! He's a red blood parrot cichlid.
The Red Blood Parrot is orange, while the Purple Blood Parrot is bright redto purple. The Love Heart has no tail. There are also manyvariations of color which are produced through dipping these fish in strippingchemicals and then in brightly colored dyes. This stunts the growth anddecreases the life span of the fish. Colors last for 4 – 6 weeks. See the and the for information on other dyed fish.Blood Parrots are a slower swimming fish because of their bent spine. They also have small, mostly useless mouths. This lets them be kept with smaller fish with little problem. However, they do get large and can be aggressive. Like most cichlids they are most aggressive when spawning.The Blood Red Parrot cichlid is an odd ball man made Hybrid that has stirred quite a bit of controversy in the fish world but has gained a huge popularity with many. Whether you approve of hybrid fish or not, these wonderful Blood Red Parrot Cichlids are here to stay. They are very compatable for a community tank as they are peaceful, curious and they interact well with their fish keepers once they get to know you. Blood Red Parrot fish should not be confused with the true Parrot Cichlid (Hoplarchus Psittacus) or the Salt Water Parrot (Callyodon Fasciatus).You can recognise the blood red parrot at first sight due to the unique traits this fish possesses. Its beak like head and mouth and round body with large eyes are characteristic of this fish. Their mouths do not close but stay open in a perpetual "O" shape. Their teeth are far down their throats so they pretty much bump into each other but cannot bite and are no match for an aggressive fish due to this deformity produced during breeding.