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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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3.9 (33)
latentimage
I have had a tank of Blood Parrots for about 8 years ...
Review by: latentimage (10) January 13, 2015 21:58
  • Currently 100
4.75
mikesquillpen
In a tank full of potential bullies, the Blood Parrot...
Review by: mikesquillpen (13) January 13, 2015 03:23
  • Currently 100
4.25
1 photo
nicolemcintyre
I decided to get my parrot fish when I read that they...
Review by: nicolemcintyre (24) updated November 19, 2014 21:43
  • Currently 100
4.25
4 photos
kristindolak
These are super gorgeous fish and the highlight of ev...
Review by: kristindolak (1) October 14, 2014 14:41
  • Currently 100
2.00
1 photo
MaryW
I like to keep a tank of mixed cichlids, this being o...
Review by: MaryW (64) August 19, 2014 12:50
  • Currently 100
4.00
Habitat (2 videos)
blood parrot cichlid
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A day in the life of a Parrot Cichlid
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Feeding (2 videos)
Friendly Parrot Fish
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Parrot fish eating live shrimp
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Learn more (2 videos)
Parrot fish spawning
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parrot laying eggs
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