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The jelly bean parrot cichlid
is a man-made hybrid thought to be derived from crossing the blood parrot cichlid with other South American cichlid species. These unique fish are named for their bright, candy-colored appearance. Their oval-shaped bodies lack distinct edges and fins, giving them a swollen jelly bean look.
Vibrant colors like orange, yellow, green, pink and white cover their body in splotches akin to a handful of jelly beans. Highly variable patterns mean no two fish look exactly alike. Their beak-like mouths remain permanently closed. Males may develop a forehead hump during breeding periods.
While their bizarre shape limits swimming ability, jelly bean parrots are generally vigorous once acclimated. However, their deformed physiology makes them prone to health problems like swim bladder disorders. Providing clean, warm water and a varied diet is essential.
Though unable to breed on their own, jelly bean cichlids exhibit fascinating behaviors like digging pits in the substrate. Their unique appearance and peaceful demeanor make them well-suited for community tanks with similarly sized fish. An aquarium of at least 30 gallons is recommended.
Though controversial, jelly bean parrot cichlids remain popular in the aquarium hobby. Their bright, playful appearance delights aquarists. However, care should be taken to avoid purchasing fish exhibiting signs of deformity or illness. When properly cared for, they can make unusual and interactive aquarium inhabitants.
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