Above: In this picture a young premium quality
Polar Blue Parrot Cichlid is swimming in one of
our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
These are awesome fish with
great coloration and a very unusual mouth shape.
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.
In aquariums, they can grow to be about
toward their own species, but can be semi-aggressive
toward other fish.
fish do best in a species only tank, but can do well with similar cichlid
species that are not too aggressive.
here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.
Parrots live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F.
with 78 being perhaps ideal.
here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and
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.
here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.
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.
here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.
Parrots will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least
80-gallons of water, and bigger is better.
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.
here for more about aquarium gravel.
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.
here to learn more about aquarium filters. The addition of
Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.
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
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.
females produce eggs, but most males are infertile unless injected with
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.
Names: This fish has no real scientific
name, because they are hybrids of different species.
The Parrot Cichlid is a hybrid of the Midas Cichlid and the Redhead Cichlid.
Then that hybrid is crossed with a Convict Cichlid to produce the Polar
Blue Parrot Cichlid.
Some aquarists worry a lot about hybrids like these.
But actually lots of very popular aquarium fish are hybrids, including Angelfish,
Oscars, Swordtails, Platys, Serpae Tetras, and several more.
Variations: There are several variations
with various colors.
We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
DrTom - 02/13/2019
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