Blood parrot cichlid
Scientific name: Blood parrot cichlid
Common name: N/A
Usual size in fish tanks: 17 - 20 cm (6.69 - 7.87 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.4 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 16°N (53.57 - 285.71ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 28 °C (73.4 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Cultivated form / Hybrid
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
As these fish cannot actually close their mouths, they eat by crushing the food with their throat muscles. Because of this try to feed them softer pellets and a quality flake. They will also relish treats of blood worms and brine shrimp.
The Blood Parrot is a hybrid fish so has no natural habitat.
These fish are almost impossible to sex due to finnage variations with different breeder’s fish.
On the whole, male blood parrots will be infertile. There are some cases of these breeding in the aquarium but not many. The female will lay her eggs on a flat stone and both parents will protect the brood. Most times the eggs will develop fungus or be eaten by the parents after a few days.
The expected life span for Blood parrot cichlid is 10 years.
Blood parrot cichlids are messy eaters so demand high filtration for the tank with regular water changes. They can be kept singly or in small groups but when they reach adult size they will require a larger tank.
Contributed by Christian Legro Francesconi.