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Panda Parrot Cichlid Fish for Sale Online Beautiful Juveniles
Panda Parrot Cichlids
Parrot cichlids have been in the hobby for some time now and are readily available as Blood Red Parrots typically red or orange in coloration. There are varieties of color morphs and patterns but more recently a new and exciting variety are called Panda Parrot fish.
Panda Parrot cichlids are gorgeous but more importantly their different and add immediate interest to any cichlid community tank.
These Panda Parrot cichlids for sale are two to three inches in length and can reach over 9 inches so make sure you have a big tank ready for them to grow in. All fish are housed in an indoor facility at a temperature of 75 degrees and have been quarantined for a minimum of 4 weeks.
Water Conditions for Panda Parrot cichlids
Temperature: 76 - 86F (24 - 30C) pH: 6.0 - 8.5 Temperatures should be between 76 - 86F (24 - 30C) but the ideal temperature should be between 82 - 84F (26 - 29C). Temperatures lower than 80F (24C) seems to cause them to be more reclusive and cause the color to be more pale. The ideal pH should be between 7.0 - 8.0.
Feeding Panda Parrot cichlid fish
Parrots enjoy pelleted foods with occasional Blood Worm and Shrimp treats. A smaller pellet size should be used due to their mouths. Recommended pellet brands are Hikari Cichlid or New Life Spectrum Cichlid/Cichlasoma Formula 1 - 3mm depending on the size of the fish. Feeding can sometimes be tricky as some have more deformed mouths than others or gill curl or other gill deformities. If the Parrot has trouble feeding from the surface then it is recommended to switch to a sinking pellet. Thawed shelled peas should be fed once a week to add roughage to the diet to help prevent Swim Bladder problems.
Social Behavior of Panda Parrot cichlid fish
Parrot fish, especially when young, can be very shy and reclusive. It’s typical for them to hide when you first bring them home to hide and/or be very skittish and can take a few weeks for them to adjust to their new surroundings. Some ways for you to help them adjust is to make sure they have several hiding spots and adding some dither fish. Removing hiding spots will only make them shyer and could take longer for them to adjust.
Panda Parrots like all Central American Cichlids are territorial and not typically suitable for small community fish. If it fits in their mouth or close then they will try to eat it. Given the proper tank Panda Parrots typically get along fine with most Central and Southern American Cichlids although large overly aggressive cichlids should be avoided as tank mates or house with caution.