Fish are young and not showing adult colours yet.
Amphilophus citrinellus x Heros severus
Native Location: Hybrid, not found in the wild.
Maximum Length: 20cm
Breeding: Not likely
Temperature Range: 24-26.5℃ (76-80℉)
Preferred pH Range: 6.5 - 7.4
Minimum Aquarium Size: 120l for a single fish
Potential Tankmates: Tetras, Guppies, Apistogramma, Kuhli loaches, Catfish.
Care Level: Easy
The Blood red parrotfish is thought to be a cross between two different cichlid species. The result is a brightly coloured placid cichlid that is right at home in most community aquariums. Unlike the aggressive features of the assumed parents, the Parrot cichlid displays no aggression which makes them a great choice for a community tank.
Due to the shyness and timid attitude, the ideal aquarium should offer lots of hiding places between rocks, wood and aquarium plants. The more hiding places available, the more confident the fish. As with all larger cichlids, excellent filtration is essential.
The diet of these cichlids is fairly straightforward. They will readily accept protein-rich flake or pellets while live foods like daphnia or bloodworm will make a very welcomed treat.
The downside of hybrid fish is that it is nearly impossible to breed them. The males are sterile. It has been known for the females to breed with other cichlid species but to further hybridise the fish would invite potential defects that could harm the fry.
The Blood red Parrotfish, although an unnatural species, do make a nice addition to a semi friendly community aquarium.
All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat for any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.