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Blood-Red Parrot Cichlid

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  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Spirulina
  • Maximum size: 8"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Middle
  • Experience level: Intermediate
  • Tank Setup: 29+ gallons
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South American cichlids are a diverse group of fish that are hardy, easy to care for and add spectacular color to their freshwater environment. They are popular among fish hobbyists due to their multitude of species and color options. There are many species of South American cichlids, including discus, oscars, angelfish and Jack Dempseys. These active and intriguing freshwater fish come in a range of eye-catching colors and sizes, allowing you to create a diverse, fascinating show tank.

They are generally peaceful with fish of the same size and temperament, but may eat any fish small enough to fit into their mouths. You will see your cichlids swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful environment, be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.

Things to remember

This means they eat mostly animal matter, including prepared foods and fresh, freeze-dried or frozen foods.

Adding fish
Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new fish into your tank, don't forget to add only 1-3 at a time.

Staple diet
Choose a cichlid flake or pellet food, or freeze-dried fish foods. Feed according to the directions on the packaging.

Specialty foods
Cichlids enjoy fresh or frozen bloodworms, adult brine shrimp and glass worms. Always remember to thaw frozen foods before feeding.

Supplement their diet with food containing spirulina, a nutritious type of algae.

Frequent feedings
For optimum health, feed your cichlids as much food as they will consume in 1-3 minutes, twice a day. You can alternate between regular staple diet feedings and 2-4 meals per week of a specialty food.

Start with a 20-gallon or larger aquarium. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every one inch of full-grown fish.

Decorate their aquarium with rocks, driftwood, and plants, but be sure to place them on the sides and back of the aquarium so they'll have enough space to swim in the center.

Fish compatibility
Cichlids should be housed in a semi-aggressive or cichlid-only community aquarium with fish of similar size and temperament.

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Blood-Red Parrot Cichlid is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 47.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shy Well I just got my BRP a few days ago and he is so adorable. I am very disappointed that all he does it hide though. I am not sure if he is eating enough b/c the only time he will come out is when the lights are off. I am not sure if this is normal for them or not to be this shy when you first bring them home. But it has been a few days so I figured he would be doing something by now. But like I said he does come out when the lights are off. Problem though again is as soon as he sees me he swims back into hiding. I heard it can take months for them to become comfortable in their new environment. I hope not b/c I have a 40 gallon tank with only him in it and that would be crazy if he never comes out. He is adorable though and I want to keep him so I am thinking I will just get him some friends that he can have that might help bring him out faster. Other than that he is a good fish. Totally cute and sweet. I can't wait until he starts coming out more so I can see him though.
Date published: 2012-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from when you first get these into your tank, they take a while for them to come around, they get really scared and tend to hide for awhile.....but boy once they get used to your tank, they are funny as all get out.............i have 3 all in different tanks, one in my kitchen and he watches me cook and put dishes in the dishwasher, the one in the living room tank, loves to watch tv..........the one in my husband bedroom, watches for me to come down the hall to go in the bathroom........when they get to be a certain age, they NEED and will show you that they need to be fed live feeders.........all three of my blood parrot are HUGE, most of the time they all are docile, till it comes to the live feeding day, then its all out war.......they also DO NOT like change in their tanks, the way i can tell if they are upset, is their fins and tail will turn some black, till they settle down and accept what you have done in their tank....VERY entertaining fishes to say the least
Date published: 2012-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun fish My parrot fish, Peter and Patty, were the best fish I have ever had. I got them when they were babies and they lived 8 years. That is the longest I have ever had a fish live. They died within 6 hours of each other. Parrot fish can live up to 10 years. They were more like dolphins - super friendly. They have a personality where as most fish are just fish. I highly recommend getting a pair of parrot fish!
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them! Highly recommend. I've had two of these fish for about 2 years now. They're entertaining, very colorful and SO cute. I also find them to be dog-like, frequently coming to the front of the tank to look right at you and beg for food. Don't get duped into buying the slightly larger orange ones which go for $25 to $30 each at the store. Buy a juvenile fish for $8 to $9, and it will change color in just a few weeks to a couple of months. Mine started out a dark greenish color with stripes and they're now both a beautiful, vivid orange/mango color. These "dogs" are all bark and no bite. They are an odd mixture of shy with territorial/aggressive. Sometimes they hide or startle easily. Other times they painlessly peck at my arm when I stick it in the tank for maintenance, which always cracks me up. They love to uproot and rearrange live plants. They really love having a cave to hide in and will not allow most other fish to share it (only my Cories and Cherry Barbs get a visitors' pass -- everyone else, GET OUT!) They get along well with most other fish that I've tried. Sometimes they'll charge to show who's boss, but they don't endlessly pursue or harass others. They can't bite or hurt them. Mine haven't grown large enough yet to eat small fish. My largest is about 5.5 inches but he's a thick, brawny guy. If you don't like fighting in your tank, do not mix them with Kissing Gourami. There will be constant "Alpha Fish" battles. My Kisser is the biggest fish, about 7 inches, and stressed my Blood Parrots so much with her obsessive chasing and kissing that they broke out with Ich several times -- just the Blood Parrots. So now they are separated from the Kisser in a different tank. Problem solved.
Date published: 2013-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best!!! These are the best fish ever. They are the most happy fish ever. I have a blue one and a yellow one. I feed them Tetra floating cichlid sticks.After one month they will start to trush you and soon you will be able to hand feed them. They currently live with a gourmi and a danio. There mouths are huge im suprised they did not eat the danio in one gulp. I sugest these fish for 35 gallons of more. They used to live with two green corys but they had passed because the were in a tank with a african cichlid. Maby get some guppies with them to.
Date published: 2013-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best fish ever! This is the cutest fish you could buy. He's very curious and loves to explore his tank. He gets excited when you feed him the flakes or pellets and he gets along with another fish, even those smaller than him. He's a fun fish to have. They like to swim so a lot of room is best. I can't wait to get him a companion. Overall he seems like a happy fish. :)
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love My Blood Parrots I got my first Blood Parrot about 3 months back, and he hid for about a month, but now he is out and about, and the cutest thing I've ever seen. I just got another one today - I hope I enjoy him as much as I do my first Blood Parrot!
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Fish Lives for years Hi These are the BEST full of personality. Petsmart has real nice BloodRed Parrot. They are beautiful and peaceful 99% of the time. I do not recommend with small fish or aggressive fish. They are fun to watch build nests and my oldest is nine and going strong. I have 90 gallon plus sump for just 3. I had the bow tank 55 gallon from Petsmart and too small for three of them unless you want weekly water changes. I use prime in my water and I recommend CLEAN water for good health as mine love it when I rearrange the tank and put in new plants and love the clean water. They act funny when the water starts to change. This is important with all fish however we like clean air same with water. It is great work out changing the water and seeing my fish so happy. The also like to be in your main room as they follow me and like to peer around. I have known these fish to live in their late teens when well taken care of. I hand feed high quality pellets and a variety of high protein food. They like peas once a week hand fed as this helps clear out digestive system. Mine find it hard to eat food and feeding by hand and sinking pellets is preferred. They come to the tank right away when they see me. Do not over feed and have fun changing the scenery. National Geographic at Petsmart has great realistic plants that brighten the aquarium. They are great fish if kept in ideal conditions. They can be shy at first and like to have a friend.
Date published: 2016-03-15
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How many do you recommend in a 55 gallon with corydoras? Will they get along with a black rainbow shark? (I also have 5 neon tetras that my shark ignores. May wait until the little guys die as they are old and don't want the parrot fish to eat them.)

Asked by: Fish Breathe
My blood parrot will chase off all the fish that come on his side and didn’t like my corodoras so add cover for your catfish and it should be fine
Answered by: ItsMe4488
Date published: 2018-08-26

So I. Just got a 60 gallon what other type of fish could I put in with 6 of these

Asked by: Isaksonan
Ideally, none. These w I'll get close to 12" long AND tall and are very messy. Adding more fish is not a good idea.
Answered by: StormyJ
Date published: 2018-04-09

I’m looking for a male blond parrot fish is it possible to acquire one in the store near my area 

Asked by: Alexander8961
Call the store directly.
Answered by: StormyJ
Date published: 2018-04-09

Hi want buy 10 fish you deliver 

Asked by: Quang

How long deliver Arizona 

Asked by: Quang

What other fish pair well with parrot cichlids 

Asked by: Heather45

Do you have different colors of parrot fish

Asked by: Eddiesilk23
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