How to Care for Scared Flowerhorns

Male cichlids with developed nuchal humps are those that have established their dominance over an area.

The same is true with flowerhorn cichlids. Only when a male flowerhorn has completely established dominance over a territory will the development of kok starts. This is the main reason why you should never put a small fish alongside a larger one.

While louhans are generally aggressive, there are those that are scared of anything that moves. Here are the things you can do to help this kind of fish:

Flowerhorn Breeding Tips for the Main Mating Day

This is the continuation of the flowerhorn breeding preparatory guide. Make sure to follow it first before attempting any flowerhorn breeding project to save yourself from a lot of trouble.

Flowerhorn Breeding: The Main Breeding Phase
To check the likelihood that the pair will successfully breed, try removing the glass divider at some point for a couple of minutes and observe how they get along with each other. If you chance a couple where the female or male is submissive, you are lucky. This happens, but not as frequent as we all wish.

Flowerhorn Types: Red Dragon Flowerhorn

The red dragon flowerhorn fish is perhaps the most popular and easily available Lou Han ever produced. These fish are relatively easier to keep and enhance in comparison with the other strains making it perfect to first-time fish keepers.

Most red dragon flowerhorns during the early days of this strain did not have large nuchal humps and excellent pearl markings, but recent improvements done to this popular strain are quite impressive.

I have yet to find a literature fully disclosing the details about the origin of red dragon flowerhorns but many believe that the first ones came out of Malaysia. The strain would soon spread in Singapore and Indonesia, then to other neighboring Asian countries as well as in the USA.

Ideal Tank Size for Flowerhorns

You should provide your flowerhorn with more room than it needs.
Many newbie hobbyists fail to realize that tank size is one of the biggest factors which promote flowerhorn head growth and health.

In choosing the ideal tank for a flowerhorn, size and age of the fish must be considered.
Louhans are just too aggressive and should be kept in a separate aquarium alone.
Advantages of Large Aquariums
  • fairly constant water temperature
  • cleaner water/less frequent need for water change
  • better nitrogen cycle parameters, e.g. less ammonia per gallon of water
  • more room for the fish to move around/more physical activity

Best Aquarium Light for Flowerhorn Fish

Proper aquarium lighting is essential if your flowerhorn is to achieve its full potential. A good lighting promotes better health that will in turn enhance head growth. Seasoned hobbyists would also readily agree that lighting somehow makes its color shine brighter.

The Natural Daylight
Natural daylight is the best form of lighting for flowerhorns. It is noted that it helps improve the color brightness of these fishes. It is therefore advised to place your tank where it would receive an ample amount of daylight.
Direct sunlight, however, should be avoided. It promotes algae growth, results to sudden water temperature fluctuations, and may cause discomfort to the fish.

How to Boost Overall Health for Flowerhorn Hump Growth

Increasing the size of flowerhorn head is among the ultimate goals of every hobbyist. While genetic makeup is considered biggest factor for flowehorn head growth, overall health is undeniably essential.

Overfeeding is the biggest cause for poor health condition of the flowerhorn fish. Practice sensible feeding habit at all time.

Is Pumping Good?
Many fish owners are enticed to pump feed their pet thinking it will hasten head development.

I have seen that happen countless times and the only result so far is protruding belly. Seasoned hobbyists would readily agree pump feeding will just do more damage than good.