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Parrot cichlid

Picture of Parrot cichlid
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Common name:Parrot cichlid, Blood parrot, Red parrot
Scientific name:No valid scientific name - not a true species, sometimes referred to as 'Cichlasoma' parrot
Size:Up to 6" (15cm)
Origin:Not found in the wild, a man-made hybrid.
Tank setup:A fairly large tank (3-4ft/92-122cm) with rounded stones and planted areas.
Compatibility:Can be aggressive.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
Water chemistry:Not too critical: medium hard with neutral to slightly alkaline pH (7.0-7.6)
Feeding:Omnivorous, most foods accepted.
Breeding:Eggs are laid on a pre-cleaned site and protected by the parents. They are often infertile due to this fish being a hybrid, but there are reports of occasional fertile eggs.
Comments: There is some controversy surrounding the origins of this fish. Most believe it to be a hybrid of Heros severus (Severum) and a closely related species (due to the fish sometimes being fertile), although more unlikely second species have been suggested - including the goldfish! One of the Amphilophus species is more likely. The hybridisation has resulted in a deformed body shape and small mouth. Juveniles are normally greenish in colour, but adults can be found in a range of colours from yellowish to blood red. There are also so called 'jelly-bean' parrots for sale, which may be a hybrid with convict cichlids. These come in a ghastly array of bright artificial colours, and conscientious fishkeepers are strongly discouraged from purchasing such fish, and supporting the cruel trade in fish injected with dyes.

This hybrid should not be confused with the "real" Parrot Cichlid, a natural species named Hoplarchus psittacus.


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