Can anyone please identify the cichlids, are these Rams???
Balloon rams are rams that are specifically line bred to select for the spinal deformity that makes them shorter bodied, and rounder than regular rams.monisaab said:Thanks chromedome52 but do you mind telling me what Balloon Rams are???
No reason that Blood Parrots could not be a hybrid with one of the species giving the balloon mutant feature.Chromedome52 said:Balloon rams have a deformed spine, makes them look shorter in body length than a normal fish. If you have a longfinned version, they are often called Angel Rams. The deep notch at the caudal peduncle is a common indicator of the deformity.
The spinal deformity is common in many species of fish; the term "Balloon body" was first used for Mollies with this deformity because female Mollies looked like little balloons. However, it dates back to the development of fancy Goldfish, and is likely the real nature of the so-called Bloody Parrot Cichlid, as opposed to the fairy tale of hybridization. It has become more common in various species, such as Platies, Convicts, and Rams. Or, more precisely, it's acceptance as a breed has become more common.