Red Parrot fish swimming in aquaria.

Blood parrots are often bright orange in coloration, but there are other colors that they can have naturally, such as red, yellow or gray. Other colors may be produced by dyeing the fish, which can shorten life expectancy. Some fish have been injected with a colored dye by the breeder. Another modification, generally considered inhumane by enthusiasts, involves cutting the tail while small which causes the fish to grow into a heart shape and are usually sold under the name of heart parrots. As the press has brought this practice to light, the majority of fish stockists will no longer sell these modified fish. Adult fish can grow to a length of 8 inches (20 centimeters) and reach an age of 10 to 15 years older. Various breeds of blood parrots have been developed such as the king kong parrot which typically vary in color from red to yellow. They have fully functioning mouths with less of a nuchal deformity and grow larger. They are usually considered more valuable than blood parrots.

My Red parrot fish is so cute n funny, it's always trying to make new deeds. Love it

The Blood Parrot is a hardy fish and good for the beginner cichlid keeper. Because of the shape of the mouth feeding can be difficult at times, but there are commerical foods designed for this fish. These fish are messy feeders, so be prepared to perform a good deal of cleaning.

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i would like a large aquarium full of blood red parrot cichlids (the fish that smile!) The history of Red Parrot has witnessed great successes in breeding techniques of Red Parrot. From its emerging stage as just a rare ornamental fish with not enough supply to be classified on the market, to a mass production of super large sized Red Parrot. This made me keep wondering whether we will encounter more miracles of fascinating new hybrid fish that will continue to marvel the aquatic world.

Red Parrot fish in freshwater aquarium - YouTube

Many years ago, when I first saw parrots and learned about their unnatural origins, I was horrified. I was an outspoken critic of the parrot cichlid and hated them without ever knowing them. Since then, I've placed many parrot cichlids into tanks located in hospitals, daycares, schools, nursing homes, and the like. There is no other fish that gets the level of positive attention these fish do—everyone is drawn to their bright color, their personality, and their outright cute shape. They're large, incredibly hardy, superbly colored, and not particularly aggressive, filling a niche among freshwater fish that is unmatched. As people become enamored with the parrot, they often ask “How can I keep one?” and soon join the ranks of aquarists. Many eventually move onto all sorts of aquarium keeping. At the end of the day, that's the important thing: They get people interested in the aquarium. Give the parrot a chance; you won't regret it.

Red Parrot Fish in Aquarium - YouTube