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Flower Horn Fish
Are Hybrids of Various Neotropical Cichlid Species.
       

  This video shows a large male Flower Horn Fish that's about 8" long.
 

  This is another video of the same Flower Horn Fish.
 

Scientific Name
Flower Horn Fish are hybrids between various species from the group of fish that was previously known as Cichlasoma. More recently Cichlasoma has been split into several groups.

 
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Comments
These beautiful hybrid fish are result of cross breeding various Cichlasoma species such as C. trimaculatus, C. festae, the Jingang Blood Parrot, and perhaps other species too. The best quality Flower Horn Fish have been produced by fish breeders that are eager to produce the best show quality fish. The Flower Horn Fish has gone through several generations of selective cross breeding to capture the best characteristics of various different species.

Most breeders are striving to produce Flower Horn Fish with bigger nuchal hump on the forehead, better coloration, bolder black marking on the body (which at times resembles Chinese characters), more elegant fins, and wider body. But neither chemicals or genetic engineering have been used so far to improve on the traits or characteristics of the Flower Horn.

 
Appropriate Home
This fish is very hardy, and can endure water conditions that are not suitable for some types of aquarium fish. Their hardiness is one of the big reasons that the Flower Horn is enjoyed by many Tropical Fish hobbyists. The ideal water probably has a pH in the range of 7 to 7.8 with water temperature ranging between 75 and 80 degrees F. If your aquarium water is cooler, you will need to warm it with a conventional aquarium heater. An aquarium for a Flower Horn Fish should contain at least 120 gallons of water.
 
Compatibility
As Flower Horn Fish are very territorial and very aggressive. They usually will not tolerate other fish, and will often eat smaller fish that fit into their mouths. Some aquarists have said that they can play with their Flower Horn Fish, but instead of playing the Flower Horn is probably trying to get rid of what it sees an intruder, your hand.
 
Recommended Diet
Flower Horns are not picky eaters, and need lots of food. We recommend pellet food made for cichlids and sold in many stores where pet fish are sold. We advise feeding them at least twice a day and three times is probably better.
 
Size and Lifespan
Flower Horns will quickly grow to be over 12 inches long, and some have grown to be over 16" long. They may live to be 8 to 10 years old.
 
 

Customer Comments

 
Flowehorn fish with hemorrhoids?
 
hi there,
    my flower horn fish has something that's sticking out of his abdomen. can you tell me what it is and how i can help him?
                 titi
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Titi, thank you for your email and the picture of your Flowerhorn Fish. Yes, we see something sticking our of your fish's abdomen. Does this look like a hemorrhoid? Click here to learn more about hemorrhoids. If anyone has more information for Titi please email it, and we will post it on this page.
 
 

Customer Comments

hello titi
 
saw the picture and wanted to tell that it may be haemorrhoids of the flower horn.i had one golden trimac female that had the same problem.its may be due to some constipation and it usually is not fatal.
 
just sparingly feed the fish and itll be fine as mine did.it may also retract properly when the size of the fish increases.
 
recently another bonsai red dragon got the same problem.well sometimes feel its a prolapsed intestine too.but usually gets ok on its own.just dont over stress its intestines by too much of food.
 
well i did not do anything much when my fish had this problem.just minimal good diet thats all.and in a month or two it was perfect.
 
hope your fish gets fine.
David
 
 
Reply. Hello David. thank you for sending your helpful comments for Titi
 
 
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