These fishes are hybrid fishes of Cichlids. As they are hybrid, they tend to have a mouth that cannot be closed completely (do you know this fact)

Why need a beginner’s guide for the Blood Parrot fish? The beginner’s guide helps with the information required for the growth of the Blood Parrot. As these are hybrid fishes it is essential to know the basics to upkeep them in a home aquarium

Blood Parrot Fish – Overview

Common NameRed Parrot fish or Blood Parrot cichlid
Scientific NameAmphilophus citrinellus or Paraneetroplus synspilus
Habitat or OriginThey live in almost all of the world’s aquariums but they are native to Central America
Average SizeAn adult fish can grow up to 8 inches
ColorationThey can be orange, red, yellow, or even greyish
Life SpanOn average, they live for 10 years but in the ideal condition
DietFish pellets are best for these fishes. The size of the pellets can be increased with the increasing size of fishes
Gender IdentificationFemale fishes have rounded fins whereas the male ones have pointed anal and dorsal fins
BehaviorThey eat food with a lot of wastage. This would require extra cleaning of the tank. They will be active when they have hiding places as they feel secure
CompatibilityThey cannot manage with aggressive fishes but can get along with peace-loving fishes like danios, tetras, angelfish, and catfish
Ideal Tank ConditionsOne blood parrot fish can be in a 30-gallon water tank. However, with each increasing number of fish, 10 gallons can be increased. As they tend to live in school, 80 gallons or more would be better for them. They do not need any gravel in the tank. In case there is gravel, it is better to have only a quarter-inch of gravel otherwise the water might get contaminated by the leftover foods of these fishes. Bio wheel filters can be placed
Water ParametersThe temperature could be around 75-80 degree Fahrenheit and they would do fine with well water or RO treated water
BreedingOn a flat surface, females lay eggs. Later the males fertilize them. They both together protect the eggs and the fry in later days
Common DiseasesBlack Spot disease is very common in Blood Parrot fishes. This is due to unhygienic water conditions. If the water is kept clean, this disease can be avoided. However, the treatment is dipping the infected fishes in fresh water and then in formalin. These fishes can be kept in separate tanks till they get better. Until they are in a quarantined tank, they can be treated with praziquantel.
Approximate CostThey cost an average of 7 USD to 12 USD depending on the size and in southeast Asia/India they cost almost half the price
What to look when buyingCheck if the fishes have no black spots on them. It is best to avoid such fishes as they are affected fishes
Species in the Marketone more variety which is available in the market are the golden parrot fishes, king kong parrot fish

Gallery of Blood Parrot Fish


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