Gold Base Flowerhorn Cichlid 6-8 inch AAA Grade
Basics of flowerhorn fish keeping
Flowerhorn is a unique fish with a very interesting behavior, temper and completely unusual appearance. Those who decided to keep flowerhorn in a tank have never regretted it.
Cichlid fishes as a rule aren’t very critical when choosing their couple match, therefore they can make couples not only with their kind, but also with completely different cichlid fish types.
Such a peculiarity gave breeders a possibility to obtain a number of amazing hybrids with different kinds of fishes. Not all the hybrids are successful, some of them doesn’t have good coloring, some become sterile after such breeding.
But there are always some exceptions.
One of the famous and popular tank fishes – parrot cichlid, is exactly the result of artificial crossing. As well as a flowerhorn cichlid, it’s a son of genetics and Malaysian aquarists persistence.
It was Malaysia where thorough line breeding and different cichlid types breeding (which ones no one yet knows for sure) was performed to get a healthy and fruitful breed.
Flowerhorn cichlid fish is a hybrid, however it doesn’t tend to get sick, it’s good looking and fruitful.
Interesting peculiarity of the fish is that it changes its color during its life up to reproductive stage. So, if you are interested in buying a bright colored fish of certain color, you have to choose from mature fishes.
Otherwise, you’ll be surprised later and possibly in a bad way. From the other hand, if you buy flowerhorn cichlid juveniles you’ll see series of wonderful color changes and who knows, maybe you’ll have an awesome colored fish in the end?
Flowerhorn care is very easy since the fish isn’t demanding and it’s an enduring one. Let’s mention that the fish grows up to be very large – about 30-40 cm and it requires a spacious tank, especially if the fish has some tank mates.
Flowerhorn likes digging tank bottom and eating the tank plants, so you aren’t likely to create some kind of nice aqua-scape with plants. Because of that and due to the fish size it’s recommended to put rocks, snags and other tank decorations directly on a tank bottom, not on a substrate.
Otherwise, fishes will move the decorations around the tank as they wish. It’s better to keep flowerhorn fish alone as a rare show fish. It is rather territory-dependent fish with aggressive temper and rather bad behaved as for its tank mates (except for big tanks of about 175 gallons capacity). In smaller tanks flowerhorn cichlid tankmates will get injured or they will be stressed all the time.