Man's Best or Worst Creation?
This cross-bred fish is loved by some, but ignored by more
by Michael McEwan
The Blood Parrot is a brightly colored, odd shaped Cichlid. As its name suggests, the fish has a red body and a mouth that resembles a beak. These fish somewhat resemble fancy goldfish and appear to swim awkwardly due to their deformed swim bladders.
These fish should be kept in community aquariums with other small, timid fish. Nippy fish such as Tiger Barbs generally make poor tankmates because the Blood Parrot makes for the perfect target. Plants and hiding places should be provided along with good filtration.
Because of their small mouths, these fish sometimes lose out to more aggressive fish at feeding times. They are omnivores and should be fed accordingly. They will accept live or prepared foods, including pellets, flakes, worms and chopped beef heart.
Follow recommendations for other American cichlids when it comes to water chemistry. A neutral pH and temperature between 72-82 degrees F should be used.
Differences in sexes are unknown. While Blood Parrots will spawn in the usual cichlid way, they usually cannot produce fertile eggs, thus rarely ever produce fry.