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Keeping Flowerhorn Cichlids in Freshwater Aquariums
A Beautiful but Aggressive and Destructive Fish

The crossbreeding of several South American cichlids has produced the Flowerhorn in an attempt to develop exquisite colors and markings that may bring in high prices.

According to the Asian belief of Feng Shui, good luck and harmony is caused by Flowerhorn cichlids if they have certain colors and markings. The body of the fish resembles the Chinese God of Longevity. Arowanas are another treasured fish in Chinese culture because they resemble a Chinese dragon. Koi also have a special meaning and high prices are paid for unusual markings.

In Chinese culture, the hump on the forehead of the Flowerhorn means good luck so the larger the hump, the better luck it brings to the owner.
History of the Flowerhorn Cichlid

The Flowerhorn is a hybrid fish and crossbreeding began in Malaysia less than twenty years ago. The Red Devil cichlid was imported from other nations and crossbred with the native fish of Malaysia.

The Blood Parrot cichlid, which is a hybrid of a Red Devil and a Severum, was also brought in for crossbreeding. These fish were desirable for hybridization due to the humps on their foreheads.

As a result, there have been several crossbreeds produced, such as the Five-Colors God of Fortune and the Hua-Luo Han.

In the early 2000s, further crossbreeding has produced more unusual physical features, such as oversize lumps on the head, shorter mouths and curled tails. There is continuing hybridization to produce more unusual colors and markings.

One unfortunate result of crossbreeding is the use of fish with bad temperament. Flowerhorns are known to be aggressive and nasty.
Keeping a Flowerhorn Cichlid in a Home Aquarium

It is wise to have only one Flowerhorn housed its own tank. They have a difficult time getting along with each other, let alone with other fish. They grow quite large so they need at least a 60-gallon tank.

Some fish owners install an acrylic divider in a large aquarium in order to own more than one Flowerhorn and not worry about having the fish kill each other.

To test the health of a Flowerhorn, if it doesn’t eat, then it’s stressed. When selecting a fish, make sure it has an appetite.

The Flowerhorn is a tough fish and can do well in many types of water conditions. The ideal water should have a pH of 7.4 to 8.0 and a temperature of 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

It’s very hard to over feed a Flowerhorn cichlid. They will take any kind of frozen or live meaty foods. They will eat pellets, worms, beef heart and flake. Their diet must consist of protein.

Due to the fact that a Flowerhorn is a heavy eater, it will produce a lot of waste mater and will pollute the water. To keep the water clean, a weekly water change of at least one-third of the tank is needed. A good filtration system is required and a canister filter is highly recommended.
Breeding a Flowerhorn Cichlid

This is very risky because Flowerhorns are quite capable of killing their mates. There have been successful attempts at breeding but at the risk of the female being beaten by the male.

If keeping a breeding pair in one tank, it must be a large tank with lots of hiding places for the female. Rock caves are good or large pieces of PVC pipe or flowerpots turned on their side. Both parents usually stop the aggression when they guard the fry and the eggs.

Another idea is to keep the male and female Flowerhorn in separate tanks and put them together only for breeding. Once they have bred, the parents can be returned to their own tanks and the eggs allowed to hatch in the breeding tank.

The Flowerhorn is a very beautiful fish and can be expensive to buy, especially if they have unusual markings. Fish that have markings resembling Chinese symbols are rare and sell for an extremely high price.

The copyright of the article Keeping Flowerhorn Cichlids in Freshwater Aquariums in Freshwater Fish is owned by Douglas DuHamel. Permission to republish Keeping Flowerhorn Cichlids in Freshwater Aquariums in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.
 

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awsome! as a flowerhorn keeper this article is very helpful and interesting! thanks for ur time finding this info!

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Your very Welcome

If it helps people its fantastic. Thanks very much
 
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