Flowerhorn Cichlid

Flower horn cichlid are ornamental fish noted for their vivid colors and their oddly shaped heads for which they are named for. Their head protuberance is called a nuchal hump. They were first developed is Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan. They are now kept by fish hobbyists worldwide.


Flower horn cichlids are ornamental fish that have vivid colors and head with a nuchal hump on it.


The flower horn cichlid's parents are a mystery, but they are believed to be the same as the blood parrot's. The two parents are believed to be the Midas Cichlid and the red head cichlid. Like the blood parrots, the flower horn cichlid is a man-made hybrid cichlid, and does not exist in nature at all. There are several ways to tell a male and female flower horn cichlid apart. Males are generally larger than the females, but there are some exceptions. Females usually have black dots on their dorsal fins, but males have longer anal and dorsal fins. Females tend to have an orange belly, especially when ready to breed. The mouth of the males are thicker and more pronounced than the females.


Flower horn cichlids are carnivorous fish with hearty appetites. They need to be fed two or three times daily in order to stay healthy and alive. You can feed them with cichlid pellets, mosquito larvae, shrimps, tadpoles, crayfish, crabs, crustaceans, frogs, live krill or feeder fish, chicken hearts, chicken intestines, beef hearts, common house geckos, cockroaches, grasshoppers, maggots, ants, blood worms, earthworms, and crickets. It is best to feed them a variety to ensure that all their nutritional needs are met.

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