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Q: Can a Blood Parrot Cichlid live and thrive by itself?

April 3, 2008 | By Karen A. | 1 answer | Expired: 2194 days ago

I have one BP Cichlid that has a tank all to herself. Should I put additional fish in there for her to interact with? She is fairly young - about 6 months and is approximately 5" from tail to nose. There was another cichlid in the tank with her up until about 2 weeks ago. She is currently in a 10 gal tank, however I will move her to the 30 gal tank if I add other fish.

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Jill R.
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Apr 03, 2008

I checked with a fishy friend and he says "Yes, they can live just fine on their own. If I am correct, Blood Parrots are hybrids between two species of the family Cichlidae, therefore it's not technically a cichlid and by default has no natural home in the wild. They either can be extremely agressive or very passive. They have been known to do well in groups and can survive just fine all alone. Blood parrots usually grow to 6-8 inches and should be fine in the 10 gallon tank, if it's one fish and going to be kept by itself in that tank (remember: 1 inch of fish per 1 gal. water to prevent overcrowding!).

aquatic-hobbist.com should have some info on it, too."

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