The Blood Parrot Cichlid is sometimes referred to as the Blood Red Parrot and is the result of crossbreeding different Central American Cichlids. The body of this fish is round in shape with a beak-shaped nose. The color of these fish ranges from orange to red when mature. Juveniles are dark in color, and they gain red color as they mature.
The Blood Parrot Cichlid requires an aquarium of at least 55 gallons, with a sandy bottom, rocks, and plenty of hiding places among the rocks. Live plants should be planted in pots to protect the roots from these fish. The Red Parrot is generally peaceful with other fish of similar size but can be timid or bullied by other Cichlids.
The Blood Parrot Cichlid is normally infertile and will not successfully breed in the aquarium. They may lay eggs in a cave, but because the males are often times infertile, they usually will not develop.
The Blood Parrot Cichlid is omnivorous and will eat most prepared and frozen foods, including freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and ocean plankton, as well as flake food and Cichlid pellets.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2″ to 2