There is no scientific name for the parrot fish, but it is also known as blood parrot cichlid. They are a hybrid of the midas and red head cichlids.

They grow up to 20-26 cm / 8-10 inches fully grown. They prefer water parameters of PH range 6.5-7.5 and temperatures of 22-27 Celsius / 72-80 °F.

The parrot fish was first created in Taiwan around 1986. Because they are a hybrid cichlid there is controversy over the ethics of creating the blood parrots. They can have a deformation with there mouth which has only a narrow vertical opening. This makes feeding them some what hard so you have to feed them smaller pellets or granular foods so they can eat it easier. They do eat frozen mussel as they get bigger but it needs ripping up in small pieces.

As the parrot fish is a cichlid fish they can be very aggressive so mixing them with bigger fish is best. They are fine on there own or can be in pairs or small groups. We would recommend mixing them when they are smaller as they are less aggressive when small.

They will eat small pellets, and granular foods. And also live and frozen foods are good for them.