Species group: Cichlids
Other common names: Hua Luo Han; Golden Monkey; Thai Silk; King Kong Parrot; Red Ingot; Kamfa; Zhen Zhu; Golden Base; Kamfamalau; IndoMalau
Scientific name: Cichlasoma genus
Flowerhorn cichlids are man-made hybrids which are distinguished by their vivid colors and distinctively shaped, protruding heads. Their head protuberance, or "kok", is formally termed a "nuchal hump." Flowerhorn cichlids were first developed in Malaysia and Taiwan, and are now kept by fish hobbyists worldwide. Flowerhorn breeding began in 1993 in Malaysia with the cross-breeding of South America cichlids such as the Red Devil Cichlid and the hybrid Blood Parrot Cichlid etc. with with the Jin Gang Blood Parrot from Taiwan. This crossbreeding led to the first generation of Hua Luo Han Flowerhorn hybrids, which were then followed by subsequent breeds and strains.
Flowerhorn Cichlid come in an extraordinary variety of colors and shapes. Popular breeds of Flowerhorns include: King Kong Parrot; Red Ingot; Golden Monkey; Kamfa; Zhen Zhu; Golden Base (Faders); King Kamfa; IndoMalau; Tan King; and JPG or Golden Apple.
The Flowerhorn Cichlid is a territorial and aggressive fish. Being aggressive and territorial, two or more Flowerhorns are usually not kept together. Like other Cichlids, the the Flowerhorn Cichlid is a territorial and aggressive fish.
Flowerhorn Cichlids require a large tank (minimum of 50 gallons) to grow. Being aggressive and territorial, two or more flowerhorns are usually not kept together, but the tank housing them can be divided up with acrylic dividers or egg crates.Flowerhorn Cichlids can also reach a very large size (16 inches), so at a minimum, they require a 50 gallon tank.
parasites, large aquarium, community aquarium, aggression, large Cichlid
forehead, hybrid man, good filtration, hiding places, big stones