Aquarium Fish Parrots
Recently, in many restaurants, cafes and other institutions where there are decorative aquariums, aquarium fish parrots are found more often than others. These fish of the cichlid family were bred artificially by aquarists. In 1991, breeders from Taiwan through multiple crosses of three representatives of the cichlid genus received a new breed of fish, the growth of which is not limited, under the name “parrot” or “red parrot”. Due to their bright color and attractive appearance, these fish have earned the penchant and love of amateur aquarists, as well as the creators of the interior of leisure facilities and offices. But, unfortunately, for all the time the breed existed, not a single breeder was able to get offspring of parrots except breeders.
The fish got its name because of the unique shape of the head, which resembles the head and beak of a parrot. In addition, aquarium fish parrots have a bright color of various colors: red, orange, blue, yellow, purple, green and less often pearl white. Fish differ in a mobile and energetic way of life, therefore it is recommended to keep them in a spacious aquarium from two hundred liters or more. Due to the fact that the original species from which the parrots were obtained lived in running water, we recommend that you install a pump in the aquarium to create an artificial flow in the aquarium. As for the water temperature, the parrots are thermophilic fish, so try to keep its temperature within 24-26 degrees. It is also important to maintain high oxygen saturation of the water, for which it is recommended to equip the aquarium with a high-quality aeration system. It is recommended to replace the water with a regularity of three to four days and a volume of approximately 30-40% of the total displacement of the aquarium. Aquarium fish parrots are very energetic and playful, therefore, if the aquarium is not deep enough, we advise you to purchase it immediately with a lid or build it yourself, otherwise the fish may just accidentally jump out. Parrots are very peaceful and friendly fish, but in case of danger they can stand up for themselves, so they get along well with both herbivorous fish and predators. But we advise you not to keep parrots in the same aquarium with very small fish or fry (especially if the parrots are large enough), as they can easily swallow them inadvertently. Parrots get along best with barbs, swordsmen, scalars, aquarium catfish, discus, neon, goura and so on. It is not advisable to lodge them with astronotes!
Parrots are absolutely not demanding for food, they are happy to eat both live and dry food, but it is recommended that it be primarily small, then it is more convenient for the fish to swallow it. To maintain the bright color of the red, orange and blue parrots, it is recommended to feed the fish occasionally (prematurely once a week) with dry food with natural dyes that match the color of the fish itself.
In general, we can say that aquarium fish parrots are very peaceful, active, mobile and unpretentious in care. Plus, these are very nice decorative fish with a unique cute “smile”, for which modern breeders and aquarists have fallen in love with them.