The Hybrid with a Tiny Mouth: Blood Parrot Cichlids Care Guide


We once raised blood parrot cichlids in an 800-gallon aquarium because they are incredibly cool and weird fish. Why not chose one of the many creatures that could dwell there instead of them? They have a unique combination of characteristics, including a greater size, vivid color, and a smaller mouth that reduces their propensity to harm or consume other fish. They are really simple to maintain as long as you have the necessary tank space and food.

Blood Parrot Cichlids: What are they?

Blood parrots prefer swimming in the middle of the water and can grow to be up to 8 inches (20 cm) long, about the size of a softball. Their small, malformed lips and rounded heads, which resemble a parrot’s beak, are the source of the common name.

This fish was created in Taiwan from a combination of primarily Central American cichlids; it is not the saltwater parrotfish. Their exact lineage is the subject of many speculations, however some educated guesses are as follows:

Midas cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellus)
Redhead cichlid (Vieja melanurus)
Red devil cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus)

What varieties of blood parrots are there?

They are available in a wide range of hues, including blood red, red and white, yellow, and purple (i.e., deep red). The enormous King Kong parrot, the platinum or snow white parrot, the polar blue parrot, and the kirin (or flowerhorn) parrot cichlid were all created through additional hybridization of blood parrots with other cichlids.

How to Construct a Blood Parrot Aquarium

Blood parrots are very hardy and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 28 degrees Celsius) and a pH of 6.5 to 8.0, unlike many artificial fish. Because they don’t dig much and have tiny mouths that can’t harm plants, we frequently maintain them in aquariums with plants.

Can I keep a group of blood parrots together? Can they survive on their own?

Although we prefer to keep them in groups, you can keep one blood parrot in a 30-gallon aquarium, three in a 55-gallon aquarium, or five to six in a 75-gallon aquarium. Similar tank requirements apply to fancy goldfish, where each fish need at least 20 to 30 gallons of water. If you just obtain a pair, one of them will probably dominate the other, thus we advise getting one, three, or more blood parrots.

What kind of seafood go well with blood parrots?

Keep them with other calm or moderately aggressive fish that are of like size and can survive in the same settings. Guppies, betta fish, and goldfish are thus off limits. Oscars, angelfish, bigger tetras, and of course more blood parrot cichlids are typical tank mates. A Mbu puffer, giraffe catfish, clouded archerfish, clown loaches, and we individually kept them with these fish.

What Foods Consume Blood Red Parrots?

Many people have trouble locating the proper items to feed blood parrots. They have to carefully align their bodies with the food and then swim forward to “scoop” it in because their tiny jaws can only open and close a very small amount. They require something that can be readily ingested because taking the extra step could make them outperform during mealtimes. Therefore, think about giving the juveniles baby-sized pellets and the larger adults mini-pellets. Because the cichlids can rise up from beneath the meal and fall inside because to gravity, we’ve discovered that floating pellets work best for them. Hikari Blood Red Parrot+ and other foods designed especially for blood parrots have the added advantage of adding chemicals that intensify color, increasing the redness of the food.

Blood Parrot Cichlids reproduce in what ways?

Hobbyists have not been able to consistently raise blood parrots at home because the males are typically infertile. Even so, they continue to make an effort, so you might witness the female lay her eggs on a level surface, followed by both parents protecting them from any predators. Although females can breed with other comparable-sized Central American cichlids, the progeny rarely resemble or exhibit the stunning hues of blood red parrots.


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