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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 (22)
taha85khan
This is one unique kind of fish I had. This fish is a...
Review by: taha85khan (12) 3 days ago
  • Currently 100
4.50
1 photo
ed31312
The blood parrot has lots of controversy surrounding ...
Review by: ed31312 (54) updated 27 days ago
  • Currently 100
5.00
2 photos
jowadek
I have owned a total of 6 parrot fish over the past 1...
Review by: jowadek (9) updated March 02, 2014 18:09
  • Currently 100
5.00
1 photo
warriorsmurf
I petsit for a couple with a few freshwater fishtanks...
Review by: warriorsmurf (5) updated February 20, 2014 00:50
  • Currently 100
3.50
1 photo
Newspoet
Until our freshwater aquarium included a pair of Bloo...
Review by: Newspoet (22) January 31, 2014 22:38
  • Currently 100
1.00
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 (3 videos)
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Parrot fish spawning
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fighting parrot cichlid
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parrot laying eggs
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