Blood Parrot Cichlid

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Blood Parrot Pair

208 Litres (55 US G.)

20.3-25.4cm (8-10 ")




6.0 - 8.0

22 -28 °C (71.6-82.4°F)

8-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

10-15 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Jelly Bean Parrot, Parrot Fish

Origin[edit | edit source]

This is a hybrid fish, the exact hybridisation is unknown, but it's said to be a cross between a Severum, Midas Cichlid and Red Devil. They are often boycotted by respectable fish stores due to their abnormalities.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

These fish are not easy to sex, males should have longer and more pointed fins whereas females fins are shorter and more rounded. Males are usually infertile.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Best kept in species tanks or with other medium sized semi-aggressive/aggressive American Cichlids. Must not be kept with fish small enough to be eaten nor with much larger aggressive fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Not a fussy eater and will take many foods such as Cichlid pellets, daphnia and bloodworms.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Appreciate a large tank with wood and rock décor. Will rearrange the tank to suit its needs.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Very big personalities, can become aggressive with other fish if laying eggs.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Red-orange in colour, with a short, almost stunted, round laterally compressed body. The mouth on this truly stands out as, because of the hybridisation, it is unable to close it's mouth fully. Due to the hybridisation they also often have other abnormalities such as deformed swimbladders, stunted spines and oddly, exceptionally large irises.

Species Note[edit | edit source]

This fish is also commonly seen as a victim of being a dyed fish. Dyed Blood Parrots are often referred to as Jelly Bean. Their true colour is red to orange, anything other than that, or a red just too vibrant, they've been dyed. They have also been seen being victims of the horrific fad of tattooing fish, and even being mutilated to appear heart shaped by cruelly amputating the tail. More and more of these fish available nowadays have less, and less of said characteristic deformities, appearing more like normal cichlids, to the point that there are even fertile specimens.

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