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Blood Parrot Cichlid

Blood Parrot Cichlid


Species group:
 Cichlids

Other name: Bloody Parrot; Parrot Cichlid;
Blood Parrot Fish; Red Blood Parrot;
Bloody Parrot Cichlid; Blood Parrotfish;
Bubblegum Parrot; Jellybean Parrot

Scientific name: Cichlid hybrid

Country / place of origin: Not known

Appearance

Details: The Blood Parrot Cichlid is a man-made cross-bred fish which was first created in Taiwan in 1986 and which became popular in the fish trade around 1990. Its parentage is unknown, but the most commonly speculated pairings are Midas cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellus) with the Redhead cichlid (Cichlasoma synspilum), or the Severum (Heros severus) with the Red Devil cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus).

Because this hybrid cichlid has various anatomical deformities, controversy exists over the ethics of creating the blood parrot. One of the most obvious deformities is its mouth, which has only a narrow vertical opening. This makes blood parrots hard to feed and potentially vulnerable to starvation. Some cichlid enthusiasts have called for their removal from the market and organized boycotts against pet stores that sell them.
Reviews
Owners say:
Wonderful:
entertaining, great personality, curious fish, interactive, lovely orange
Challenging:
misshapen mouths, aggression territoriality, huge tanks, ethical concerns, obvious deformities
Interesting:
simple tricks, tag game, bad swimmers, light petting, manmade hybrid
Overall review
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4.0 (29)
MaryW
I like to keep a tank of mixed cichlids, this being o...
Review by: MaryW (64) 13 days ago
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4.00
adrianvm
In truth, the parrot cichlid is a beauty, but only be...
Review by: adrianvm (42) 13 days ago
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3.50
1 photo
Pookalooka_08
Maybe it was the big eyes or the puffy cheeks but som...
Review by: Pookalooka_08 (13) July 30, 2014 10:57
  • Currently 100
4.00
Cynthia_lu
I had 2 specimens. This fish is very resistant to dis...
Review by: Cynthia_lu (71) updated July 07, 2014 11:54
  • Currently 100
3.00
1 photo
plantman2465
A unique funny looking fish. They can grow large and ...
Review by: plantman2465 (41) June 13, 2014 08:55
  • Currently 100
3.00
1 photo
Habitat (2 videos)
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blood parrot cichlid
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A day in the life of a Parrot Cichlid
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Feeding (2 videos)
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Friendly Parrot Fish
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Parrot fish eating live shrimp
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Learn more (2 videos)
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Parrot fish spawning
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parrot laying eggs
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