Animal Stories - Flowerhorn Cichlid

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The striking and unique Flowerhorn Cichlid hybrid is a gorgeous way to make a statement and get that "Wow!" factor in your aquarium!
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hanumanth - 2011-12-30
I have bought one baby flowerhorn, it is looking very fear. It is not taking any food.. and it is taking a minimum of 5-6 small stones into its mouth and releasing them back.. do I have any problem...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-30
    The picking up and then moving the gravel is normal. They just do it and sometimes create all sorts of hidey holes or gullies by moving the stones. Looking fearful??? If you just got her then possibly why as it takes a few days to accimate to new surroundings. Are you feeding your little fella the same thing he was used to eating in the store? Might want to try that or a different food but possibly just all getting adjusted. Check your tank conditions though.
  • abhishek sahane - 2012-02-11
    If he is picking stones which have food color,he is thinking it as food and give him food by smashing (pressing by finger when it is in water)it will not float in water after some days he will eat DON'T WORRY
Syberkitty - 2012-06-11
I have a flowerhorn that I bought about 3 months ago. He was about the size of a quarter when I bought him, and now he's about 7 inches long from mouth to tail. I honestly knew nothing about flowerhorns when I bought him, but I'm concerned about how fast he's growing. How long does it take for them to reach 'full size'? Will he be 14 inches in another 3 months? Am I over-feeding him?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-12
    That is much faster then normal.  what and how often are you feeding?
  • Syberkitty - 2012-06-13
    He's in a community cichlid tank. I feed them a combination of dried flakes, granules and some dried shrimp -- all Tetra brand. The shrimp is mainly because he's such a little piggy that he would suck down most of the food and still be hungry -- then get aggressive. (He's the only one big enough to eat the shrimp.) I feed the tank 2 times a day and all the food I put in is gone in under a minute.
shiv - 2012-04-27
I have a flowerhorn which is 11 months old but due to less space capacity in my living room I have kept it facing south. Will there be any feng shui problems????

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-27
    It will be fine.
Eduardo - 2012-05-11
Hello, I just bought a pair of flowerhorn cichlids, they said at the store that they were a couple. One is about half an inch larger than the other and I can see some the smaller one being pursued on and off, should I be worried? The large one is about 3 in. the smaller one about 2 1/2in. They are in a 40 gallon aquarium with plenty of large rocks in the bottom that provide caves.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-13
    No that sounds perfectly normal as long as they aren't doing damage to each other. May be trying to mate or just set dominance in new tank.
  • Eduardo - 2012-05-13
    Thanks, at day 3 I am beggining to observe the agressivness increase towards the female (or smaller one) to where now she isolates in an upper corner of the tank and stays there unless the Male (larger one) either pushes her out or she just moves to feed. I dont see damage on her ... yet. Should I begin to consider separating them (moving the Female) to another tank or should I try adding another cichlid of fairly similar size to both to maybe deter the attention of the Male to a potential new target but that can defend itself? Thinking of a Jack Dempsey as an option ... help!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-13
    Maybe do a little tank re-arrange to get the males mind off the female. Sometimes that will help. Is he hungry?
  • Eduardo - 2012-05-13
    No, he is well fed, both are feeding ok, it's just that the Male now is taking control of the tank it seems and the female keeps to a corner of the tank most of the time. I have notice there are no significant damage done to her but monitoring her condition often. I would hate to have them separated. Still considering the option to add another fish as a deterent ..
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-14
    Sounds like that may be your only option is to add another fish, maybe another female.
  • Eduardo - 2012-05-14
    What foods are recommended for 3 inch flowerhorns? I want to make sure they feed well but without stressing much the water quality, currently feeding Tetra Granules and Frozen Bloodworms, suggestions?
  • Eduardo - 2012-05-16
    I am starting to notice at day 8 that the Bigger flowerhorn (3 1/2 in) is digging a hole behing a big slate rock. Is this a sign that they will be breeding soon? He continues to be aggressive against the female but apparently building a nest at the same time, wonder how he'll get her to enter the nest?
Specter99 - 2012-08-30
My Aunt had one HUGE! I tell you she had a big tank - think she sold fish&tank for lot of money or green

amrith - 2012-06-15
I have a Flowerhorn. It has not been eating anything for 2 weeks. Its stomach is very huge. They say that it is Bloat. How can I treat it Please Help!!!!!. Emergency

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-15
    Bloat is not the disease.  It is a symptom from one.  It could be caused by parasites or bacteria.  Treat the cause first and the bloat should go away.
Jefferson Alicarte Segador - 2012-05-06
hi ! .I already have 2 Flowerhorns both pairing now and sooner having a babies! The female actually lay eggs last night! I have a problem here , I,m afraid some of the eggs will have fungus ! .I'm asking some opinion on how to treat the eggs early to prevent fungus? I read some articles that adding a methylene blue will prevent the fungus getting on the eggs . Will the methylene blue is safe for the eggs or the newborn FH fry .?

tim stephanie - 2010-06-10
My female flower horn bred with my texas and now I have babies, very very aggressive what should I do?

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  • abhishek sahane - 2012-02-11
    Sell them at low price to aquarium shops. This is best way to save their lives
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-21
    The babies are very aggressive? Are they getting enough food?
  • Donovan - 2012-04-20
    I'm pretty sure a shop won't buy them because of the fact that they are cross bred, and most people hate cross breeds.
karthi - 2011-12-24
I bought a baby flower horn does not eat and hiding in the same place.....
did it have any problems?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-24
    Can't know if it had any problems but it can take a day or two to acclimate to a new enviornment. Probably just adjusting.
karthi - 2012-02-04
I want to develop a bright coloration in my baby flower horn.....what type of foods i want to feed?

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  • Collecting Clownfish - 2012-02-07
    Congrats on your new addition! They are very pretty fish! There are several commercial fish foods that are reported to bring out reds, which will help with coloration. Hilkari makes a few foods like that. Remember, your little one will get pretty large and will be very territorial, but I am sure you are already reading up on that stuff. :)

    They will not get the full bright coloring until they are of breeding age, so be patient and you will see your Flowerhorn, uh, er.... FLOWER into a beautiful adult!