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Home > Parrot Cichlid and the True Parrot Cichlid

Parrot Cichlid and the True Parrot Cichlid

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A typical varitey parrot cichlid fish availableParrot cichlids are quite popular by many but you must understand that this is not a naturally occurring cichlid. These fish are hybrids which mean they are man-made. Supposedly these fish were created during the mid 1980’s in Taiwan.
 
 
It’s unclear as to the exact percentage of their makeup but many people believe this fish to be a combination of Amphilophus citrinellus and Heros severus. Some even say there may be Theraps synspilum in there as well.
 
 
Did you know there is another cichlid which goes by the same name, parrot cichlid fish? There a cichlid fish which shares this same name and it’s not a hybrid. Hoplarchus psittacus is a large South American cichlid that actually requires advanced knowledge to maintain and breed, this is considered the true parrot cichlid.
 
 

Did you know parrot cichlids are man-made fish? These fish are not found in the wild.

 
 
This fish is deformed especially its mouth which makes it somewhat usual looking. Some people keep a few together or a school of them, five to six specimens in a larger aquarium. Many aquarists including tropical fish clubs are against the sale of these as they are man-made. Again this “cichlid” is not for everybody.
 
 
Deformity of mouth red blood parrot fish  Juvenile true parrot cichlid fish from South America
 
Red Blood Parrot hybrid                                   True Parrot Cichlid from South America
 
Like most cichlids it’s relatively hardy and tolerates water directly from the tap. In terms of breeding these guys, it is not uncommon for the males to be infertile. Most likely these are artificially reproduced manipulating science for the purpose of revenue. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
 
SUPER PREMIUM PURPLE JELLYBEANS PARROT CICHLID 2 INCHES IMPORTED FROM THAILAND

SUPER PREMIUM PURPLE JELLYBEANS PARROT CICHLID 2 INCHES IMPORTED FROM THAILAND
   $65.00 USD
1

1" Polar Blue Short Body Globe Parrot Cichlid RARE, Gorgeous Show Quality
   $4.95 USD
Live Polar Blue Zebra/Tiger Parrot Cichlid *PLS READ DESCR*

Live Polar Blue Zebra/Tiger Parrot Cichlid *PLS READ DESCR*
   $25.5 USD
Live Polar Blue Zebra/Tiger Parrot Cichlid *PLS READ DESCR*

Live Polar Blue Zebra/Tiger Parrot Cichlid *PLS READ DESCR*
   $13.00 USD
BEAUTIFUL PINK JELLYBEANS PARROT CICHLID  2 INCHES IMPORTED FROM THAILAND

BEAUTIFUL PINK JELLYBEANS PARROT CICHLID 2 INCHES IMPORTED FROM THAILAND
   $65.00 USD
2 SUPER BEAUTIFUL SNOW WHITE PARROT FISH 2 INCHES IMPORTED FROM THAILAND

2 SUPER BEAUTIFUL SNOW WHITE PARROT FISH 2 INCHES IMPORTED FROM THAILAND
   $70.00 USD
Live Polar Blue Zebra/Tiger Parrot Cichlid *PLS READ DESCR*

Live Polar Blue Zebra/Tiger Parrot Cichlid *PLS READ DESCR*
   $37.5 USD
2

2" SHORT BODY Polar Blue Zebra Parrot Cichlid Breeding Pair (Two fish total)
   $49.95 USD
Pack Of 5 SNOW WHITE PARROT CONVICT CICHLID (PLATINUM PARROT) live1.5 to 2

Pack Of 5 SNOW WHITE PARROT CONVICT CICHLID (PLATINUM PARROT) live1.5 to 2"inch
   $80.00 USD
 

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