Red Parrot


The Red Parrot 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 range from orange to red when mature. As a juvenile, they are dark in color, and they gain the red coloration as they mature.

The Red Parrot requires an aquarium of at least 50 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 Red Parrot 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, the usually will not develop.

The Red Parrot 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.

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LadyFish October 7, 2009 at 4:38 am

I have had a pair of orange ones for about two years. They are
easy to care for, a treat to watch and they get along with my
angels,gouramis and catfishes

Taylor Clarke June 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I have 4. 2 are red bloods and the other 2 are just bloods. I love them. My 2 bloods are about 1 inch and were very shy and never came out until i introduced my 2 2.5 inch red bloods.
They all get along with my other fish in that tank. 3 clown loach, 2 rainbow sharks, 1 golden dojo loach and my hifin pleco.

Grace October 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm

I have a pair of these guys! They’re so intelligent, and very active. One is about 12 years old, and the other is 5 years old, so they live a very long time. As well, they can be the bullies of the tank, and I would suggest moving the ornaments around in the tank to help stop it.
Be careful of their mouths. Because they’re so strangely shaped and can’t close, it’s harder for them to eat. They suck in their food. I would suggest pellets that sink, so they aren’t sucking in air.
They also are very hardy fish, and I have always kept mine with cichlids. My Jack Dempsey works well with them, but he’s also very relaxed, and calm so it really depends on your fish’s behaviors.

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