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.
After some time, you will notice the female starting to clean a spot. Place an unused floor tile upside down covering that area. Many breeders prefer bonsai pots.

Introduce more aeration and water movement into that spot to make it more ideal for the female to breed in that spot. Flowerhorn cichlids usually deposit their eggs in a spot where there is running water. Running water helps your breeders keep their eggs clean and also provides a more stable temperature around the eggs.

Remove overhead  filtration systems and other filtration set-ups that suck in water. You would not want the eggs getting sucked by filtration. Sponge-type submersible filters are ideal in this stage.

main flowerhorn breeding process where the female lays the eggs, to be followed by male for fertilization
Flowerhorn Breeding
The Female Deposits Her Eggs
the Male Follows Her and Spray His Milt
If your flowerhorn breeders don't seem to get along with each other, don’t worry. What you need to do is to set the glass divider in such a way that there is around 1 inch space from the top of the tile to the base of the divider. This will give you enough space to slip and turn the tile back and forth during breeding. Focus the movement of water in this part of the tank where the tile is placed upside down.

Soon, you will notice the female starting to clean her part of tile. The male may also clean his half.

Also, make sure that the glass or acrylic divider is properly placed to avoid fish injury. Expect the pair to do some bumping and biting into the divider. Divider holders with suction cups should keep the divider in place.

In my experience, flowerhorn breeding usually starts around late in the afternoon. It starts with the female cleaning her spot of the tile more vigorously than usual.

If your pair has already learned to get along well with each other in previous occasions that you removed the divider, remove it again this time.

Be careful not to leave them unattended as they might turn to each other in a snap. If the female is really ready to lay her eggs, breeding will start after some time.

You will soon notice the female flowerhorn depositing her eggs in the tile. The male flowerhorn will soon follow her trail spraying his milt into the eggs.

The mating process will continue from an hour to three. Be sure to always keep an eye on them because when mating is over, they may start fighting again.

When you notice the female has stopped depositing her eggs, you will find her fanning and cleaning the spot where the eggs are.

At this point, you may leave the flowerhorn eggs in the care of the female or both the parents, or you may incubate flowerhorn the eggs yourself until they hatch.
Be sure to let your flowerhorn breeders some time off before you induce them to breed again. This provides them the necessary time to recover.