5 x Red blood Parrot Fish Cichlid, 5cm Live Tropical Fish

Blood Parrot Cichlid. I had one of these, always thought they were cool little fish. :)
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The Red Parrot cichlid fish is a super personable fish. Learn about how to care for your red parrot cichlid. We discuss how to properly set up a Blood Parrot cichlid aquarium fish tank, Talk about what to feed, what tankmates work and how many to keep in an aquarium. Join us in a video explaining the fading process and how to raise a Red parrot fish from juvenile to adulthood.
For a 55 gal.-2 parrots, 2 keyhole cichlids(or rams), 4 to 8 cory cats, and 1 or 2 boseman rainbowfish(this is my set up)
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Hey Tai,
Not necessarily. You would probably just get more short-bodied Texas cichlids. Blood parrots are a short-bodied fish, but all short-bodied fish are not blood parrots. As far as I know, you’ll need to breed blood parrot to Texas, select the nicest of the offspring (they’ll all be slightly different because of the effects of hybridisation) and mate one of these again to a Texas to bring out the nice spotting. Blood Parrot Cichlid, Featured item. #blood #parrot #cichlid #fish #petfish #aquarium #aquariums #freshwater #freshwaterfish #featureditem
Photo provided by FlickrRed Parrot Fish, Blood Parrotfish. Do not confuse it with the Parrot Cichlid. Also, is not related to the saltwater Parrot fish.
Photo provided by FlickrCommon Names:  Blood Parrot Cichlid, Red Blood Parrot, Red Parrot Cichlid, Red Parrot Fish, Parrot Fish.
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Blood Parrot's can sometimes reach sizes up to 10 inches, so an adequate sized aquarium is a must. I recommend no less than 42 gallons (36Lx18Hx15xW) for 2-3 parrots. Anything smaller just will not do for an adult Parrot Cichlid. These fish need plenty of room to establish territories. Taller tanks don't really benefit Parrots because they tend to hide among the rocks and driftwood on the bottom. The bigger the tank the better. Once you get over a 55 gallon tank, one fish per 10 gallons should be sufficient room for each.PH should be maintained between 6.5 and 7.4, and kept at he lower end of the range if attempting to breed. Although they can be kept at a PH as high as 7.8, their colors are best at a lower PH. I know of a Parrot Cichlid owner who keeps his with discus, in very soft acidic water, and the fish look great. I keep my Parrot Cichlid's at a PH of 6.8 with a GH of 5 degrees and a KH of 2 degrees. Temperature should be between 76F and 84F degrees. I have had reports that a even lower temperatures will darken the colors of the fish, but this is not advisable. 10-20% water changes every 2 weeks are welcomed, as these fish produce plenty of waste and don't do well in toxic water.There is much confusion surrounding the many types of Parrot Cichlids. This page will attempt to familiarize you with all of them. Be aware, there is another fish that goes by the common name "Parrot Cichild" (Hoplarchus Psittacus). Make sure, when referring to Parrot Cichlids, others are aware that you mean Blood Parrot Cichlid, or the Hybrid Parrot Cichlid and not Hoplarchus Psittacus.Blood Parrots have many features that set them apart from other cichlids. The most obvious is the "beak" they possess for a mouth. A true Parrot Cichlid is unable to close its mouth, but instead, uses the muscles in the throat to chew or crush food. It's a misconception that these fish can't eat from the surface. Every Parrot Cichlid owner I have encountered, including myself, report that theirs eat easily from the surface.

It's also been commonly stated that Parrot Cichlid's have deformed swim bladders. These organs control buoyancy and allow the fish to maintain a certain depth in the water column. If they do have swim bladder problems, it's not evident in the ones I keep. Many people think that, due to this deformity, the fish must constantly swim to stay afloat and keep level. In most cases, I have also found this to be untrue.

I can however, agree with the fact that Parrot Cichlid's possess a deformed spine, this is one the reasons they have such a unique shape. I don't believe it to be much of a problem for them. I've had reports of Parrot Cichlids living perfectly good lives for up to 10 years.

A true Parrot Cichlid will also have larger than normal, bright yellowish-green eyes. Many have an oddly shaped or overly large iris. Some have a oval iris while others have a round iris. Some have a streak leading from the iris to the outer edge of the eye. One of ours have this feature and it gives the illusion of wearing mascara. Very cute! Their eyes are definitely one of the traits that gives Parrot Cichlid's such a great personality.