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How To Breed Parrot Cichlids or Blood Parrot Cichlids

Updated on January 21, 2016

Parrot Cichlid Pictures

My male Parrot Cichlid
My male Parrot Cichlid

History of The Blood Parrot Cichlid

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Blood Parrot Cichlids have been in the hobby for about 10 years and don't seem to be fading in popularity anytime soon. Parrot cichlids are said to be a hybrid from a Severum cichlid and a red devil cichlid. But now experts are thinking it could also be mixed with that and midas cichlids as well as convict cichlids but the secret isn't going to be released anytime soon since the breeders in china and japan are making a killing of them. Blood Parrot Cichlids ome in a variet of colors from blue, green, purple, tattooed, pink, yellow. Don't be fooled by the different colors because they fade back to a red or red/black combo. Also I have seen convict cichlid looking parrot cichlids with the black and siver strips. Parrot Cichlids get up to 8"-9". So they get large and need a large tank. These fish are some of the most calmest and non territorially fish. They can be put with some community fish like cory cats, platys, mollies, larger guppies, just no real small fish.

Water Temp 74-82F
PH- 7.0-8.0

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Sexing and Breeding Parrot Cichlids

Male Parrot cichlids have a pointed dorsal fin and anal fin. Also they get a little larger than female parrot cichlids. Female Parrot Cichlids have rounded dorsal and anal fins. Also with female parrot cichlids they have an enlarge egg duct tube between the two back bottom fins.

People say that all Parrot Cichlids are born infertile because they are hybrids but that is not true since I have breed 3 pairs and have talked to others in the community and hey also have in the adventure to findout what they are made from. Some pairs may just lay eggs and nothing else bu keep trying and try swapping out and mixing other parrot cichlids in until you get a successful pair.

Starting the Breeding I buy six at a time from 3 different pet stores so that I can get a big genetics pool. I feed 4 times a day

  1. BoodWorms
  2. BrineShrimp
  3. Beef Heart
  4. BloodWorms

Then 2x's a week I do 50% water changes. Doing this reduces the hormones in the water and allows the fish to get bigger quicker. When fish are in a tank and no water changes are done a hormone they release stays in the water an causes the fish not to grow as big or as fast. The perfect set up is a large orange claypot large enough for the two fish to enter. Parrot cichlids are very terriottally even with your hands. Parrot cichlids are egg layers and sometimes they are good parents. The Parrot Cichlids clean out a spot in th pot or around it and can clean for a couple days then you will seethe female layin lines of eggs as the male shakes behind her and fertilizes the eggs.

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Eggs take about 2-3 days to hatch in 74-80F water. Leavethe parents in with the eggs because parrot cichlids will fan the eggs to prevent fungus and will eat the fungus eggs before they affect the others. If your cichlid lays eggs and eats them or some take them out and leave the eggs. If the eggs do't hatch after 5 days start again and after a couple failed attempts don't take it as defeat switch out one of them and try again.

Baby parrot cichlids live off the yolk sac for 24 hours and eat small brine shrimp 3 times daily remember frequent but small feedings and do live food if you can it is so much better for them.

Picking out a spot!

My male and female getting a spot ready
My male and female getting a spot ready

The End Results

 You will be surprised in 3 months what you have because some may not b parrots they might resemble red devil cichlids or severums.  That's what I find to happen and it must be the ancestries of the parents coming out in genetics. I have also had others tell me about this.  This is how you can find what they are made from and try breeding those two species.

Try these for live food even great for th Parent Blood Cichlids

What have you tried breeding and were you successful?

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      4 years ago

      hi my parrot fish layed eggs in 4feet tank and it is proecting from other fish in the tank. tell me what care to be taken

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      7 years ago

      Curious do you recommend moving the "mating" parrots to a separate tank if there are more then just them in it ? We have ours in a tank with some angels and a few random other smaller fish and a pleco I just don't want them to eat the eggs...

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      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      That would be the point lol

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      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Another fascinating hub! You are making me want to start keeping and breeding fish again!

    • caninecrtitics profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you i'm glad I could help you. More to come.

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      8 years ago

      I enjoyed learning about this


      thank you

      Kimberly [and prey]

      Happy to be following


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