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The Flower Horn fish is a mix of different cichlids of Central America, p.e. Amphilophus Trimaculatum (Trimac) or Amphilophus Citrinellus (Midas). The characteristics of these wild predecessors also affected the nature of these bulls. First, these fish were bred and traded with in Asia, some time later the flower horn craze covered North America as well. 

In Europe, there are only few flower horn fans – however, many well-known experts disapproved of the flower horns and condemned them as torment breed. In any case, these fish give enrichment to any tank scenery. 

If you opt for acquiring a Flower Horn, you should contemplate whether to start with an adult fish or with a young one.

Flower Horn Thailand Of course, full-grown fish offer the advantage that they have already developed their full color and that their sex is easy to differentiate. Most females have very small or no frontal hump at all. Adult fish survived over the critical point of 10 cm; these fish are – comparable to their ancestors – susceptible to intestinal parasites (white feces) when they are still young.

For a lot of Flower Horns, being affected with these parasites means death sentence. Adult fish which have grown up in isolation will turn into brutal mavericks and it is not possible to socialize them. Young fish, in contrast, are easy to socialize with the help of simple tricks. In this way, it was possible to socialize three of these powerful fish, who have grown up with the quiet and peaceful South American Heros Cichlids, with other fish without any problems. It goes without saying that it is also a matter of the tank size.
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Flower Horn in seperate tanks

The ideal tank offers enough space for at least one pair of Flower Horns, i.e. from  1,50 m * 0,60 m * 0,60 m onwards, with a lot of grit and radix composition so that the female has the possibility to retreat.

 It’s best to take a large tank including several pet fish. However, in the case of really aggressive Flower Horns, it may unfortunately be that it is possible to keep one Flower Horn only. A tank for this purpose should offer space of 1,20 m * 0,60 m * 0,60 m at least. In order to keep single fish in good humor, you can try whether it will get along together with Convict Cichlids.

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Intestinal parasites, which are getting the upper hand and are sapping the fish’s energy; most frequent are malign parasites when the fish is generally stressed or when it is fed with poor feed (p.e. larvae).

In a case like that, the Flower Horn’s color darkens and it secretes white feces. In order to cure this, it may suffice to combat the cause for the stress and to feed high quality food.

Saucer eyes are caused by poor water quality. The original species A. Trimaculatum is very delicate regarding water charged with nitrates and phosphates.

Flower Horn Food

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 Amphilophus Trimaculatus

Actually, it is possible to feed these fish almost any kind of food ranging from ordinary frost feed to dry fish food except for red larvae and beef hearts. These cichlids like to feed off crickets, insects or small fish. Whereas you have to keep in mind that many small fish may not receive any attention, but introduce pathogens into your tank
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