Small Kirin parrot cichlid (Flowerhorn parrot) 2-3 inch
Origin: Parrot Cichlids are hybrids of Cichlids named Paraneetroplus synspilus and Amphilophus citrinellus, which are both native to Central America.
These Polar Blue Parrot Cichlids are thought to be hybrids of Parrot Cichlids and Convict Cichlids.We've heard the original hybrids occurred in Taiwan.
But now these fish live in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, they can grow to be about 8" long.
Behaviors: Parrots are usually not aggressive toward their own species, but can be semi-aggressive toward other fish
Compatibility: These fish do best in a species only tank, but can do well with similar cichlid species that are not too aggressive.
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Temperature: Parrots live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for these Cichlids to eat.
It's best to feed them small pellets, when they're small, then gradually increase the size of the pellets, as the size of the fish increases.
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Water Conditions: These fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or hardness of the water.
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Aquarium Size: Parrots will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 80-gallons of water, and bigger is better.
Decor: Parrots do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but this fish will usually dig up plants up, so most aquariums with Parrots do not have live plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for at least two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimal set up for these fish.
Better is a 100, 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Parrots can live for 10-years or more. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely live longer.
Gender: It's nearly impossible to tell males from females just by looking at them, but when they mature, the female may become plumper, as they fill with eggs.
Breeding: Most Parrot females produce eggs, but most males are infertile unless injected with hormones.
Females lay their eggs on a flat surface, and the male fertilizes them. Both parents then protect their eggs and later the fry.
Popularity: The Parrots have been a very popular aquarium fish.