Blood-Red Parrot Cichlid | Live Fish | PetSmart

i would like a large aquarium full of blood red parrot cichlids (the fish that smile!)
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Blood red parrot cichlid eating live fish Guppy.

Blood parrots are often bright orange in coloration, but there are other colors that they can have naturally, such as red, yellow or gray. Other colors may be produced by dyeing the fish, which can shorten life expectancy. Some fish have been injected with a colored dye by the breeder. Another modification, generally considered inhumane by enthusiasts, involves cutting the tail while small which causes the fish to grow into a heart shape and are usually sold under the name of heart parrots. As the press has brought this practice to light, the majority of fish stockists will no longer sell these modified fish. Adult fish can grow to a length of 8 inches (20 centimeters) and reach an age of 10 to 15 years. Various breeds of blood parrots have been developed such as the king kong parrot which typically vary in color from red to yellow. They have fully functioning mouths with less of a nuchal deformity and grow larger. They are usually considered more valuable than blood parrots.
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Also known as Red Parrot or Blood Red Parrot Cichlid. Blood Parrots have been around in the fish hobbyist world for ages!
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Man-made hybrid fish of the midas and the redhead cichlid. Many hobbyists dislike the Blood Parrot, as it is not a naturally occurring fish. They are prone to spinal and swim bladder problems due to their round body type. Although their mouths do not fully close, they are still capable of eating well due to strong throat muscles. Most common disease is Ich, characterized by small white spots on the body of the fish. Can be treated with Rid-Ich and similar medicines, but is easily combated with non-iodized salt and heightened temperatures. 86° F for three days will speed up the disease's process, and salt will destroy it. Can also be found in the "jellybean" variety, with colors ranging from green to blue. Be aware, the natural color of these fish is and always has been orange or calico. Jellybeans are tattooed or dyed fish. Dyeing and tattooing are highly destructive ways that breeders will attempt to market their fish. Do not ever buy a tattooed or dyed fish, as their lifespan is severely reduced and they are more susceptible to deadly disease. The tattoo or dye will also disappear within a month's time. Do not buy into this barbarian practice. Common Names:  Blood Parrot Cichlid, Red Blood Parrot, Red Parrot Cichlid, Red Parrot Fish, Parrot Fish.
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Blood Parrots have many features that set them apart from other cichlids. The most obvious is the "beak" they possess for a mouth. A true Parrot Cichlid is unable to close its mouth, but instead, uses the muscles in the throat to chew or crush food. It's a misconception that these fish can't eat from the surface. Every Parrot Cichlid owner I have encountered, including myself, report that theirs eat easily from the surface.

It's also been commonly stated that Parrot Cichlid's have deformed swim bladders. These organs control buoyancy and allow the fish to maintain a certain depth in the water column. If they do have swim bladder problems, it's not evident in the ones I keep. Many people think that, due to this deformity, the fish must constantly swim to stay afloat and keep level. In most cases, I have also found this to be untrue.

I can however, agree with the fact that Parrot Cichlid's possess a deformed spine, this is one the reasons they have such a unique shape. I don't believe it to be much of a problem for them. I've had reports of Parrot Cichlids living perfectly good lives for up to 10 years.

A true Parrot Cichlid will also have larger than normal, bright yellowish-green eyes. Many have an oddly shaped or overly large iris. Some have a oval iris while others have a round iris. Some have a streak leading from the iris to the outer edge of the eye. One of ours have this feature and it gives the illusion of wearing mascara. Very cute! Their eyes are definitely one of the traits that gives Parrot Cichlid's such a great personality.The enchanting yet comical Red Blood Parrot Cichlid is a joy to behold. These delightful Cichlids have unique personalities, and make great pets. Blood Parrots can be taught simple tricks. This personable fish loves to eat food from your fingers,...