Acquired: Fish / pet store
Nova Scotia, Canada
Posted Apr 15, 2016
I originally started with convict cichlids and moved into more colorful breeds such as the Blood Parrot. Blood parrots co-exist with other breeds well as long as the other breed isn't aggressive. Unlike the others, the blood parrot's mouth is low and isn't meant for biting. They can't defend themselves if they're attacked by another fish so it's better to only have the blood parrots alone or to research the aggression level of any other chichlids you put in with it. They're an expensive hobby to have and it's disappointing when you wait up in the morning to see your african cichlids have taken the heads off your smaller prettier fish.
With this species, no matter what breed you get, research is a must if you plan to keep more than one in a tank. As well, they are large fish and require large tanks. They will grow to the size their tank allows but keeping them in close quarters to each other starts conflicts between them and can be risky to the well being of your aquarium.