The Blood Parrot is the result of interbreeding between two unknown species of cichlids—although the South American Severum (Hews severus) and a Central American cichlid, such as the Midas Cichlid (Amphilophus cithnellus) or the Red Devil (Amphilophus labiatus) are often cited as the parents. This hybrid fish occurs in a range of colors, from orange to red or purple. The most common morph is the Red Blood Parrot, which, despite its name, is gold to orange in color with a pink patch on the throat. The main characteristics that distinguish the Blood Parrot from other cichlids are its beaklike mouth and unusually large, bright yellowish-green eyes, often with an oddly shaped iris.
As one of the common names for this species indicates, one of the main characteristics is the thick lips possessed, particularly by adult males. While red specimens occur in nature, this is by no means the only naturally occurring morph of this variable species. Several cultivated color varieties are also available.
This large group of fish (the name of which is pronounced “sick-lids”) originates mainly from Central and South America and Africa, although three species (including one recent rediscovery) are known to come from Asia.
[Ebook] Encyclopedia of Aquarium & Pond Fish – Introduction to Freshwater Fish – Breeding – Breeding in aquarium
One of the most challenging yet rewarding aspects of fishkeeping is to breed your own fish. Think carefully about which fish you should breed and where you will house the spawning fish, and decide how many fry you can comfortably cope with and how you will feed them. Make a record of your successes and failures so that future breeding attempts go more smoothly.