The blood parrot cichlid (or more commonly and formally known as parrot cichlid; no binomial nomenclature) is a hybrid thought to be between the midas and the redhead cichlid, although the true parent species has not been confirmed by breeders. Generally, Blood Parrot Cichlid care is something that we recommend for aquarists with an intermediate level of experience. 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. When choosing Blood Red Parrot fish you will notice that the baby Parrots are very dark with stripes. Hard gravel could cause cute and other physical injuries which can lead to more serious complications over time. But we recommend avoiding those fish. These are usually dyed Red, Green, Blue, Purple or Pink. PH should be around 6.5-7.4. While some unscrupulous sellers and breeders still exist, you can definitely find healthy Blood Parrot Cichlids to raise. Let's see if some simple imagery works. That said, these deformities don’t take away from their beauty. After moving the fish to a quarantine tank, you can use over-the-counter medications or treat the disease naturally with higher temperatures and light water salinity. Breeding : Males are usually infertile. Tank Size. When kept in these groups, the fish tend to be more confident and less affected by stress. Blood Parrot Cichlids are beautiful, albeit controversial, freshwater fish. A dry food formulated for Cichlids is your best bet. Create multiple hiding areas out of driftwood, plant pots, and rocks. Blood Parrot Cichlids are a gorgeous freshwater fish that have generated quite a lot of conflicting opinions over the years. Luckily, they have teeth deep in their throats to take care of the food they eat. Author Note: When planning your aquarium, it’s important to strike a good balance between open swimming space and plenty of hiding places. For a high-protein snack, you can offer up some brine shrimp and bloodworms every once in a while (2-3 times a week max). But these fish are few and far between. The two fish will then protect the eggs fiercely. You can choose to go for a natural decor scheme or something a bit more artificial. Breeders sometimes inject dyes into the fish, which shortens their lifespan quite a bit. Instead, they are a hybrid fish species that was first created in Taiwan around 1986. I cannot say enough of the joy these special fish have brought to me and when you look into those big beautiful eyes, you will find them hard to resist as well. Their mouths do not close but stay open in a perpetual "O" shape. So this guide will be a little bit different. Whatever the case may be, these fish are rather rare in the fish trade. Every additional fish needs at least 10 gallons to ensure that they all have plenty of space. It causes tiny white spots to form all over the fish’s body. Usually the only way is by dissection, or if they happen to lay eggs (an unlikely occurrence). A fine sand substrate is recommended as well. In rare instances, Blood Parrot Cichlids can reach lengths of 10 inches. Aquarium Size : Minimum 42 gallons, additional 10 gallons for each thereafter. With the heavy bio load of Parrots, it is essential that you have good aquarium filteration. Limit feedings to only a couple of minutes, twice a day. Diet / Fish Food : omnivore, see above for more details. The eyes are large and vividly colored as well. However, many think that the Redhead Cichlid (Paraneetroplus synspilus) and Midas Cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellus) are the parent species. As the fish gets more comfortable, they’ll spend more time swimming out in the open. That pic is in my 6ft tank.