Just as you thought the hybrid parrot cichlid couldn't go through any more torturous bodily mutilation, our snapper picked up this one.
Balloon bodies, dyed colours, tattoos, the parrot cichlid seems to have been the number one subject for humans to try out their tricks in order to gain more fish sales. And now this...
Apparently the breeders have crossed cichlid hybrid selective breeding with new gene technology to give the parrot cichlid characteristics of fancy goldfish – a cyprinid.
Other traits now also said to be possible include lionhead parrots, veil and fantails, telescope eyes and even pompoms. A celestial eyed parrot cichlid is also said to be in the pipeline.