Parrot Cichlid (Hoplarchus psittacus)

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Parrot Cichlid

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Juvenile Parrot Cichlid

Hoplarchus psittacus

114 Litres (30 US G.)

24.9-32cm (9.8-12.6 ")




5.5 - 7.5

27 -30 °C (80.6-86°F)

5-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Parrot Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Heros psittacus, Aequidens psittacus, Centrarchus cychla, Hoplarchus pentacanthus

Origin[edit | edit source]

South America: Amazon River basin, in the Negro, Preto da Eva, Urubu and Jamari rivers in Brazil; also in tributaries of the upper Orinoco River basin.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males, when mature, Have a rounder, larger look when females are are usually smaller

Diet[edit | edit source]

Prefer Krill, and larger high protein pellets

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Well planted tank with sand as the substrate, and bogwood.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful cichlid, that can be timid or bullied by more aggressive cichlids.

Identification[edit | edit source]

As a juvenile, the H. psittacus does not display its adult coloration. The juveniles have a much more camouflaged look, dulled out with gray and dark teal. As they grow, they turn a much richer teal.

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