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Tropical Waters - Red Blood Parrot Cichlid and Others Exhibit

Taken 12/5/16. This facility in Scottsdale, AZ is part of the new OdySea In The Desert complex; it claims it is America's largest butterfly conservatory. In addition, it has a handful of smaller terrarium exhibits and an aquarium room called Tropical Waters with 9 medium-sized tanks.

Tropical Waters - Red Blood Parrot Cichlid and Others Exhibit
geomorph, 19 Dec 2016
    • gentle lemur
      Why in heaven's name do aquaria give houseroom to these malformed hybrids? There are so many beautiful and fascinating wild species of cichlids (not to mention species from other families). Parrot cichlids are ugly monstrosities which have no place in serious collections (in my opinion of course). BTW the other fishes are one of the Metynnis species, sometimes called silver dollars.
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    • dean
      I have often wondered this my self GL when space is so valuble and finite in zoo's do they keep some species that you can find in a lot of pet/aquarist shops.
    • geomorph
      The three species listed on the sign for this exhibit are:
      Red Blood Parrot Cichlid
      Silver Dollar
      Striped Raphael Catfish

      This room of aquatic exhibits contains a fairly standard roster of mostly freshwater species of fish so it does not surprise me to see some commonly available hybrids such as these; also, they are generally not geographically grouped in tanks and this one is a good example. The exhibits in the newly-opened OdySea Aquarium, next to Butterfly Wonderland in the same complex, has a more impressive set of exhibits and species and I will post photos and a list of species or review once a forum and gallery are created for it.
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