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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 (39)
goody718
but brawn is in this parrot! I love these guys for bu...
Review by: goody718 (13) 23 days ago
  • Currently 100
5.00
1 photo
StaceyLacyLou
I never really thought it was possible for a fish to ...
Review by: StaceyLacyLou (4) June 06, 2015 04:00
  • Currently 100
4.75
1 photo
renard8450
Andy is my first blood parrot. I found him at a fish ...
Review by: renard8450 (9) April 29, 2015 14:05
  • Currently 100
4.25
1 photo
Nevril
I have 3 cichlids of this sort. I bought them just a ...
Review by: Nevril (433) updated April 23, 2015 09:12
  • Currently 100
3.50
1 photo
SawyerCat
My Blood Parrot Cichlid was so colorful and beautiful...
Review by: SawyerCat (6) March 30, 2015 09:42
  • Currently 100
5.00
1 photo
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