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Blood Parrot Cichlid

Blood Parrot - Chemical Dyes

Blood Parrot Cichlid
Blood Parrot

The following information is provided to make you aware of the chemical dyes used to create the colors of this recently popular fish. The Blood Parrot originated from hybrid breeding of cichlids in Taiwan in the late 1980s. It is distinct from the freshwater Parrot Cichlids (Hoplarchus Psittacus) and the saltwater Parrot Fish (Callyodon fasciatus). It has no scientific name, since it is not a species that produces offspring.

The parentage of the Blood Parrot is a secret hidden away with the breeders of Taiwan.

The most common suggestions for the two parents are:

  • Midas Cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellum) and the Redhead Cichlid (Cichlasoma synspilum)

  • Severum (Heros severus) with the Red Devil (Amphilophus labiatus)

Blood Parrot - Deformities

The Blood Parrot has some disturbing deformities. They have a beak, which gives rise to their parrot name. They are unable to fully close their mouth, but they can eat easily from the surface of the water. The iris of their eyes is overly large. They have deformed spines, which produces a unique shape. They also have an awkward swimming pattern.

Blood Parrot - Colors

The Red Blood Parrot is orange, while the Purple Blood Parrot is bright red to purple. The Love Heart has no tail. There are also many variations of color which are produced through dipping these fish in stripping chemicals and then in brightly colored dyes. This stunts the growth and decreases the life span of the fish. Colors last for 4 - 6 weeks. See the Glass Fish and the Blackskirt Tetra for information on other dyed fish.

Blood Parrot - Aquarium Setup

Blood Parrots should be provided lots of open space and also hiding places and caves to establish as their territory. Dim lighting is best. They love to dig in the substrate, so soft gravel should be chosen. Higher temperatures can bring out their color. They will eat a variety of foods including flake, live, frozen, freeze dried foods and cichlid pellets. When Blood Parrots are kept together they will frequently fight during the day and sleep in the same cave at night.

Blood Parrot Cichlid
Blood Parrot

Blood Parrot - Breeding

Breeding the Blood Parrot should be about as easy as breeding a mule. It's not going to happen between true blood parrots. That's why they don't have a scientific name. However there is enough uncertainty among variations that breeding of some types of Blood Parrot are said to occur. You can apparently breed a Blood Parrot with a Convict Cichlid though and produce Jelly Bean and Bubblegum Parrots. These are also dyed bright colors.

Blood Parrot - Compatibility:

Blood Parrots are compatible with Angelfish, Corydoras, Glass Catfish, Kuhli Loaches, Swordtails, Tetras, Plecos, Silver Dollars

Blood Parrot - Profile

  • Scientific Name: None

  • Family: Cichlid

  • Temperature: 22 - 28 C; 72 - 82 F

  • pH: 6.5 - 7.0

  • Size: 20 cm; 8 inches

  • Life Span: 10 years

  • Breeding: Hybrid - can't reproduce further