Flowerhorn Articles

How to Acclimate a New Flowerhorn

Congrats on your new Flowerhorn, now that you’ve selected a fish you need to get it situated and comfortable in it’s new surroundings. Let’s get right into in the process of acclimating your new Flowerhorn. Step #1. Turn off the Aquarium Lights and Some Surrounding Room Lighting Fish are quite sensitive to sudden changes in lighting and after a chain of stressful events like being netted, bagged and transported your fish will need all the…

FOUR TIPS IN CREATING AN IDEAL HOME FOR YOUR FLOWERHORN

Flowerhorn is one of the few fish that exhibits, what hobbyist refer to, as personality. They are playful, they have a unique appearance, they can be aggressive and they show different movements when reacting to their owners. This is why hobbyist loves them. But there are requirements for a Flowerhorn to grow into an ideal pet. One of them is the environment. With fish like Flowerhorn, which grow in a controlled environment, their home is…

WHAT TANK SIZE FOR A FLOWERHORN?

Flowerhorns are large aggressive cichlids, with that said they produce a lot of waste and often maul their tank mates. These fish need a decent amount of space to thrive and therefore shouldn’t be kept in small 10 and 20 gallon aquariums. A more suitable size aquarium is AT LEAST 55 gallons for a single Flowerhorn, this sizing is recommended to provide adequate volume for proper dilution of waste products (less quickly changing water parameters), space to…

Flowerhorn Cichlid Basics

The Flowerhorn cichlid is one of the most interesting and unique fish around. The gorgeous colors and beautiful looks of this fish have catapulted it to “superstar” status in the world of fish keeping. In Asia, the Flowerhorn cichlid is considered to bring good luck to its owners according to Feng Shui. It is believed that the larger the nuchal hump or Kok of the Flowerhorn, the more good luck the fish will bring. This…

How Long Does a Flowehorn Live?

Flowerhorn cichlids have a lifetime of 10 to 12 years. However, this isn’t a guarantee! To maximize the lifespan of your Flowerhorn you need to provide it with the optimal environment and living conditions.  For starters, you want to make sure your water is RIGHT! Never ever put a Flowerhorn in an aquarium that isn’t cycled. Being patient is hard but it’s totally worth it, not exercising patience when it comes to cycling your aquarium…

The Best Flowerhorn Food, What Is It?

In the Flowerhorn hobby, there are lots of questions when it comes to Flowerhorn food and what to feed your fish to get them to grow, enlarge the nuchal hump and enhance their color. When it all comes down to the question that everyone wants to know the answer to is “What is the best Flowerhorn food?” The answer isn’t necessarily ONE particular food, Really the best food consists of a variety of different foods.…

Koi Articles

Best Koi Pond Plants

Koi Pond designers add plants to their pond designs to improve the overall look of the pond. Plants can also help your koi live better lives but owners should make the right choices when picking the aquatic plants that will co-exist with your beloved pets. Plant placement should also be done the right way to make sure that they won’t just be eaten by your koi. We all know that oxygen levels are vital in…

Koi Fish Pond Design

If you want to add eye-catching designs to your landscape, koi ponds are one of your best options. These ponds can attract birds and butterflies which are a good sight to see but the problem is they also invite predators like cats, raccoons, dogs and some birds that love to eat koi. A good architect would design a pond with natural barriers against these predators to prevent them from reaching the edges and feast on…

Best Koi Fish Food

Koi owners just love it when feeding time comes. Seeing your precious pets rise up to the surface to feed is such an amazing sight. You see all of them swim gracefully towards the food in all their different colors and sizes. You have to keep in mind though that not all koi fish food is created equal. What you feed your koi matters because this will affect their growth, health and the color of…

Which Animals Eat Koi Fish?

You are the owner of a wonderful Koi pond and hopefully, you’re finding this content before getting cleaned out. Here are the most common Koi predators listed most DANGEROUS to least dangerous. #1. American Mink If you live in a region where Minks reside #2. Blue Herring The most deadly pond killers! They can clean out an entire pond in one swell swoop. These stealthy hunters will take their time to remain still in your…

The Ultimate Japanese Koi FAQ Guide

Japanese Koi are beautiful pond fish with fans all over the world. In fact, many people enjoying being relaxed by them so much that they often create water features at their homes specifically to house these graceful beauties. With that said though there are lots of questions that remain unanswered when it comes to Koi. Are they hard to keep? How long do they live? What other aquatic life does well with them? And on…

Product Reviews

Best Koi Pond Pumps

Koi fish ponds add life and beauty to a home. It relaxes people when they watch koi fish in vibrant colors swim gracefully across the pond. A pond that has aquatic plants add more color and balance to the pond ecosystem. The challenge pond owners have is the complex task of regular maintenance. For the newbie, it can get confusing and overwhelming. If you have a koi pond, one part of the system that you…

Best Koi Pond Plants

Koi Pond designers add plants to their pond designs to improve the overall look of the pond. Plants can also help your koi live better lives but owners should make the right choices when picking the aquatic plants that will co-exist with your beloved pets. Plant placement should also be done the right way to make sure that they won’t just be eaten by your koi. We all know that oxygen levels are vital in…

Best Koi Pond Filter

Having koi fish collecting as a hobby can be very relaxing and therapeutic. Watching your fish swim gracefully around your pond and enjoying their vibrant colors is truly a sight to behold. Koi fish can live up to 50 years, that’s a long time for you to enjoy them. The only challenge that you have to hurdle is keeping their environment clean at all times. Let’s be honest, your precious pets can be a mess…

7 BEST Aquarium & Fish Tank Filters

The ultimate guide to the best aquarium filters in 2020: Keeping an aquarium is a rewarding and even relaxing hobby. There is nothing like watching fish glide by a nicely decorated aquatic wonderland. For this reason, aquariums have been popular since the 1960s. Aquarium hobbyist gets to enjoy the beauty that comes along with tank ownership but let’s not kid ourselves there is a lot of work that comes with owning and maintaining a healthy…

FLUVAL AQUA CLEAR 110 FILTER REVIEW

The Fluval AquaClear 110 is supposed to be the #1 HOB filter on the market but that doesn’t mean that it is. To determine if the hype was real or not we decided to do a review on the highly acclaimed filter and compare our experience with comparable filters like the Aqueon and Marineland models. This particular filter has a unique design in that it is able to funnel water to the very bottom of…

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How Did The Beautiful Flowerhorn Come Into Existence?

Flowerhorn Cichlids are tropical fish with origins traced back to Malaysia. Here’s the timeline:

  • 1993: Malaysians adored fish called Kaloi which means warships. They have protruding heads and long tails. Some Taiwanese consider these unique features to bring bad luck.
  • 1994: Malaysia imported Red Devil Cichlids and Trimac Cichlids from Central America. They also imported Red Parrot Cichlids from Taiwan. These fish were all bred together which created the Flowerhorn.
  • 1995: Parrot Cichlids were further crossbred with Human Face Red God of Fortune, creating a new breed called Five-Colors God of Fortune. The fish instantly became a star of aquariums all over Asia, because of its beautiful colors.
  • 1998: Malaysia imported Seven-Colors Blue Fiery Mouth from Central America. They also brought Jin Gang Blood Parrot from Taiwan and they crossbred these fish together to create the first generation Hua Luo Han Flowerhorn hybrids.

The Flowerhorn has been crossbred and tweaked to achieve the largest nuchal humps, brighter colors, longer tails, and the boldest patterns. Flowerhorns can’t be found in the wild. These man-made fish have been a huge hit in the aquarium hobby and have gradually become one of the most popular fish kept.

Providing A Home For Your Fish

Due to its large size, which can reach up to 30 cm (11.81 inch) and sometimes even bigger, Flowerhorns need an aquarium that can accommodate 200 liters (52.83 US gallon, *Most hobbyist use the standard 55-gallon tank), in order for one specimen to live happily. They should have a lot of free space for swimming, the substrate for digging and a cave or two for hiding. Although they are a strong fish that can live in different water conditions, it is recommended to provide between 25°C (77°F) and 30°C (86°F) of temperature. Ideally, pH value must also be controlled between pH level of 7 and 8. The water’s acidity affects the colors of the fish, It can also make them sick. To prevent your Flowerhorn from being vulnerable to bacteria that can cause sickness, avoid changes of temperature, monitor ammonia levels and avoid overfeeding. The Flowerhorn fish is very messy and can cause nitrate levels to increase in the water, that’s why filtration is extremely important. There are two options, you can choose between internal and external filtration. If your aquarium does not have enough free space, external filtration will work better to leave more space for the fish to swim.

Before you decide to bring home a Flowerhorn, you should have a cycled aquarium for the fish. Maintaining the fishes environment is a must. Observe the water to make sure that you oxygenate it to keep it at a temperature so the fish can thrive. In order to make the fish feel at home, tank decorations are important. You can use fine gravel but when you place them in the aquarium, make sure that the rocks are stable. Flowerhorn likes to dig a lot. Decorations must be secured as to not risk hurting the fish. Place live plants such as big Anubis because they are strong and won’t be mistaken by your Flowerhorn as food. Sometimes these fish crave plants so artificial plants are the safer bet. However, live plants can help with oxygenation and filtration.

Flowerhorns are naturally aggressive and extremely territorial. That’s why it’s better to have it separated from other fish. Any fish that can fit in its mouth will be eaten, also any fish that is close to its size will be taken as a threat and you’ll have bullying at the very least. If you plan to keep your Flowerhorn with other fishes it is ideal to place them all in a large tank (I’d say 120 gallons and up). Provide each fish with the territory they can occupy to avoid fights. You can use accessories and decorations to divide the tank into those territories. When housing multiple fish overcrowding is also a good trick to minimize aggression but extra filtration is a must.