The Flowerhorn Cichlid
Flowerhorn cichlids are a popular species of aquarium fishes known for the brilliant coloration and unusually shaped heads. The protuberance known properly as a “nuchal hump” is more often referred to as the “kok”. This species is a man-made hybrid that exists in the wild only due to their release by irresponsible owners. Originally developed/created in Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand, this fish quickly gained popularity. Kept in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., the Flowerhorn is banned in Australia. Because of their hybridization, some question the ethical impact of breeding these amazing fish. Fearing their introduction and cross breeding with natural fish species. We prefer to embrace them for their amazing colors, personality, and original nature. Welcome to Excaliburfh.com your premier source for Flowerhorn nutrition. Let us show you what makes us the right choice for the health and well being of your prized tropical fish.
You can expect your Flowerhorn cichlids life to span about 10–12 years. Provide them with warm water between 82 and 86 degrees fahrenheit, with a pH value between 7.4 and 8.0. Remember, big fish require big tanks, so we recommend a minimum of 55 U.S. gallons, though 125 U.S. gallons or larger is even better. This is especially true when breeding Flowerhorns as large pairs require plenty of room. A super aggressive species of tropical fish, Flowerhorns should not be kept together unless they are a known pair. Otherwise your investment may be short-lived as they will battle to the death.
Breeders use several methods to distinguish between male and female Flowerhorns. Though in general there is only one sure way to know.
Males – Generally, males are larger than females with rare exception. However, males usually develop brighter coloration and the “kok” or “nuchal hump” which is present in some females, though not as pronounced. Male Flowerhorn cichlids have visually thicker lips than the female’s.
Females – Most strains demonstrate black dots on their dorsal fins, while males generally develop longer anal and dorsal fins. Females usually display an orange belly, a prominent feature when in spawning. One sure way to determine the sex of Flowerhorn is that grown female will lay eggs every month even with or without her male counterpart.
Proven Method – The best option is to vent sex your fish. The image on the right demonstrates the visible differences between male and female. When venting fish, care should be placed in the handling of every specimen. Insure that you grasp the fish firmly with a wet hand, and return them to the water as promptly as possible to avoid accidental injury.
Flowerhorn Cichlids are not picky eaters. However, that doesn’t mean that just any food is acceptable. In truth, these fabulous fish require a high protein diet with plenty of calcium, vitamins, and astaxanthin for improved coloration. These feeds are available online and in your local fish store, but are not enough in and of themselves. Serious fish-keepers should always seek the very best for their fish.
The Good News
Keeping your Flowerhorns at their peak is now obtainable in one food system. Excalibur Original staple for everday feeding, Intense Red to bring out the vibrant red color, Mass Effect for head and body growth, and Diamond Dust for maximum shine for pearling. Excalibur Flowerhorn pellets were developed to keep your specimens healthy, happy, and vibrant. Our formulas will promote more vivid coloration, head growth, and defined pearling. These pellets contain an exclusive mix of premium all natural ingredients created specifically for Flowerhorn Cichlids. They truly are “The Ultimate Flowerhorn Food.”
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