Parrot Cichlid (Hoplarchus psittacus)

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Parrot Cichlid

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Juvenile Parrot Cichlid

Hoplarchus psittacus

Moderate

113.562 liters
113,562.353 mL
113.6 Litres (30 US G.)

12.598 in 25-32 cm (9.8-12.6")

sg

Freshwater

pH

5.5 - 7.5

300.15 K
80.6 °F
540.27 °R
303.15 K
86 °F
545.67 °R
27 -30 °C (80.6-86°F)

5-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Uncommon

5-8 years





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Additional names

Parrot Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Heros psittacus, Aequidens psittacus, Centrarchus cychla, Hoplarchus pentacanthus


Origin

South America: Amazon River basin, in the Negro, Preto da Eva, Urubu and Jamari rivers in Brazil; also in tributaries of the upper Orinoco River basin.

Sexing

Males, when mature, Have a rounder, larger look when females are are usually smaller

Tank compatibility

Diet

Prefer Krill, and larger high protein pellets

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Well planted tank with sand as the substrate, and bogwood.

Behaviour

A peaceful cichlid, that can be timid or bullied by more aggressive cichlids.

Identification

As a juvenile, the H. psittacus does not display its adult coloration. The juveniles have a much more camouflaged look, dulled out with gray and dark teal. As they grow, they turn a much richer teal.

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