Parrot Cichlid. Happy fish . Is it weird I find these adorable ?

i would like a large aquarium full of blood red parrot cichlids (the fish that smile!)
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The blood parrot cichlid (or more commonly and formally known as parrot cichlid; no ) is a of the and the . The fish was first created in around 1986.[] Blood parrots should not be confused with other or salt water (family Scaridae).
My fish! flowerhorn and his baby, Texas Cichlid pair, Parrot Fish, Zaire Frontosa's
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Flowerhorn cichlids are much more aggressive thanBlood Parrots and cannot usually be kept with other fish. They are bestkept singly or in matched pairs. Parrot Cichlid. Happy fish . Is it weird I find these adorable ?
Photo provided by FlickrRed parrot swimming amongst a mixture of South American cichlids and other large fishes.
Photo provided by FlickrParrot cichlids ignoring that rainbowfish to the right. Note the color variations.
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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.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).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.Vivid, vibrant, and varied, cichlids species include angelfishes, Oscars, discus, green terror, yellow lab, firemouth, blood red parrot, humphead, and convict. A common member of the Cichlid family is the tilapia. Tilapia are Old World (native to Africa or Asia) cichlids that are important as wild or pond-raised food fish in the tropics and, increasingly, in subtropical and even temperate climates.Although Parrots will pair off and spawn the male Parrot is usually infertile and the eggs will die off. Successful spawning has resulted when the females have cross bred with non hybrid fish such as the convicts and other cichlids such as the Severums and Midas. Female BR Parrots have been bred with male Convicts to create the Jelly Bean and Bubblegum Parrot. These are usually dyed Red, Green, Blue, Purple or Pink. These fish should be avoided so not to contribute to the horrific procedure these are put through. Newly developed though are specimans that are a true pink, due to the cross breeding between the Pink Convict male and a BR Parrot female and are not dyed. They have been called Jelly Bean as well. There have been cases of Jelly Bean and Bubblegum breeding but do not mistake them for true Blood Red Parrot fish. All cichlids provide parental care in one form or another. This is not the norm for fishes—most fish species do not provide parental care, and of those that do, it is typically the male that provides the parental care (in contrast to mammals or birds where the female is often the primary caregiver). But in cichlids, almost anything can and does happen, and that is one of the most fascinating aspects of their biology.