Orange Parrot Cichlid
The blood parrot cichlid is the hybrid product of the midas cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellus) and the redhead cichlid (Paraneetroplus synspilus). Parrot cichlids often develop distinct personalities, which has lead to a large fanbase in the aquarium hobby. They were first bred in Taiwan in 1986 and remain one of the most controversial species in the hobby. Hybrid cichlids are generally frowned upon, and on top of that, parrot cichlids often can have deformities that can affect their ability to eat and swim. Despite this, certain varieties of parrot cichlids are long-lived and very hardy for the home aquarium. When purchased at a small size, parrot fish will tend to be very skittish and are best kept with peaceful species. They will become more gregarious as they get older. Parrot cichlids love to excavate gravel areas, so it is best to not have live plants in their aquariums in order to avoid being uprooted. Parrot cichlids prefer aquariums with a large, open swimming area combined with accessible hiding spots and caves. Aquarium Diet: Blood parrot cichlids are omnivores and will accept cichlid pellets, brine shrimp, blackworms, bloodworms, ghost shrimp, algae wafers, and fish flakes.