FAQs on the Flowerhorn Cichlid
Flowerhorns by Ong,
Blood Parrots & Flowerhorn
Cichlids: maintenance and healthcare of two popular hybrid
by Neale Monks,
Disease 1, Flowerhorn Disease 2,
Flowerhorn Disease 3,
Flowerhorn Disease 4,
Flowerhorn Disease 5,
FAQs on Flowerhorn Cichlid Disease by Category:
Nutritional (e.g. HLLE), Infectious
(Virus, Bacterial, Fungal), Parasitic
(Ich, Velvet...), Genetic,
South American Cichlids,
Will Flowerhorns tail grow again 3/16/14
I am new in this forum. I m having 1 baby Flowerhorn 1" and another one
is of 2". Last Month The bigger one bite to small one
and His tail was totally gone now. He is healthy now swim properly eating
normally. But is there any chance that his tail will grow again
<IF not "bitten back too far" (like to the hypurals), maybe. Bob Fenner>
Re: Will Flowerhorns tail grow again 3/18/14
Please find attached pic of my baby Flowerhorn. Please tell me is there
any chance of his tail grow again
<Not much; no. B>
Please help identifying my fish's disease 3/26/13
The picture of my fish is attached in the mail.
<... this fish has been brutalized... Beaten by another. You provide no
information re tankmates, the system... Read over what is posted on WWM
re all FHs. Bob Fenner>
My new Flowerhorn is staying so calm and stop eating and two days later
i saw this injury on the left side of his body.
I don't know how to deal with this.
Please help me out with the disease and give me idea to cure this fish.
I am keeping this little fella with a Thai silk Flowerhorn
<Likely the perp.>
and i think the disease could spread the Thai silk is not eating well now.
Will i need to cure him as well?
Thank you advance for your answer.
Re: Please help identifying my fish's disease
The tank is divided by a tinted glass. He stays with a Thai silk.
There is no way the Thai silk can come and bully him.
<Then how did this fish get beaten on its side? Did the one fish "jump
over the barrier, then jump back?" Is there some sort of sharp decor;
like coral there?>
If it is brutalized what medicine should i use?
He stopped eating couple of days ago.
Is that thing fatal?
<Hopefully not. Should cure on its own. Re-read what is posted re FHs on
Re: Please help identifying my fish's disease
Thank you very much
<Ah welcome. B>
Male Cichlid Beating On Female Cichlid, FHs
Hello, can you please help me. my female Flowerhorn was attacked by my
male Flowerhorn. so I removed the female Flowerhorn from the tank. now
she is badly injured and can hardly move around. Do you know if there
is anything I can do, to help nurse my female Flowerhorn back to
health. Thank You.
< Usually the female is smaller than the male. Experienced cichlid
keepers place a piece of plastic pipe that is only big enough to allow
the female in and not the male. This gives the female a place to escape
from a eager
male looking to breed. In the wild the male is looking for a female
willing to spawn with him. He chases or kills the unwilling females and
tries to attract another that will. If the pipe is not too attractive
then others have been using ZooMed Aquarium Logs too. These have the
additional advantage in that they float and allow the female a chance
to get to food more easily. Now that the female is damaged you need to
carefully nurse her back to health. Luckily cichlids are pretty hardy
creatures and things may not seem as bad as they first appear. First
keep the water very clean. High nitrogenous waste levels will lead to
diseases that will kill if going untreated. Do lots of water changes
and keep up on the filter cleaning.
Treat with an antibiotic called Nitrofuranace. It will work against
disease causing bacteria and fungi. Add a little salt to the water.
This will put a slime on the fish to keep parasites off. Look at some
of the water conditioners that have some sort of wound control. Use
these when changing water. When your fish acts hungry then go ahead and
feed her. Good luck.-Chuck>
FH .. Urgent problem Female Flowerhorn Possibly Egg
Hey WWM. Salute you all. This is Sam again. I have the following
problem. My female FH wants to lay eggs since past 6 days but is
not able to or doesn't want to lay due to some reasons.
Problem is she has a black spot and a tail like structure on her
papilla. I don't know what is it. I even don't weather is
is normal or not. I have attached some pics for the same. I also
performed a water change ( 70% ) because I thought that water
must be the reason. She has stripes all over the body and swims
freely with the male. Her size is 3.5". Hope you reply me as
soon as possible cuz this problem is not letting me sleep ! Thanz
in advance ! WWM rockZ !! :)
< If the pair are acting like they are going to spawn, like
digging a pit and flaring, then I would increase the water temp
to the low to mid 80's F. That should get them going. If they
are not going through the courting rituals then it could be an
internal blockage that has forced the genitalia out of the body
cavity. Treat in a hospital tank with a combination of
Metronidazole and Nitrofuranace. If she is still eating normally
then give her a medicated food with these medications already in
Tail On A Flowerhorn 4/4/06 Hi
again. I e-mailed you a day ago but you didn't reply so I went
to our local pet store and well they didn't have the
Nitrofuranace and bio-coat so they gave me this tablet
called baktopur direct by Sera instead. Is that one okay
too? The tail keeps getting shorter instead of
growing back. My dad who used to have pet fishes as a
kid said that it is natural because the fish is getting rid
of the damaged tail in order to grow a new one. is that
true? Thanks! Cecille, < When a tail fin gets chewed on it is
usually not very straight or even. This allows bacteria to infect the
tissues and to begin to start what is commonly called tail rot. Dead
tissue usually fungus's up with a white cotton ball like look to
it. I would take some fingernail clippers and trim the tail back just
past the damaged area if possible. Do not get into the caudal peduncle
or the fins will never grow back. Baktopur is a combination of
butylglycol, acriflavine and methylene blue. These help inhibit
bacterial activity but are not as strong as the antibiotics I
recommend. Sometimes dead tissue will fall off just before the new
tissue starts to grow, but this really sounds like bacterial
Beat Up Flowerhorn Needs Help -
03/29/2006 Hi, WWM crew... well, you see by some reasons
my smaller Flowerhorn (a little over 1 inch) got to the side where I
keep my bigger one (around 2 1/2 inch. I really don't know how it
happened since there are dividers but well, the smaller ones tail was
almost eaten!!! I removed him and let him swim for a while, first it
was okay but then he fell vertically with his head down. I tried
supporting him with a net but it didn't work. Earlier this morning,
I saw him swimming horizontally again, but when I tried to feed him I
realized that he can't swim upwards (like, with his head facing the
surface) and so he can eat only those that sank at the bottom of the
tank. What can I do to help him? Will his tail grow back and function
normally if it does? I'm really worried that he might die of
starvation. Please reply soon. Thank you. < First of all keep the
water clean and treat for infection with Nitrofuranace. Add Bio-Coat by
Marineland to add a protective slime to the body. When things start to
grow back he will begin to swim normal and start to eat again.
Everything may grow back if things do not get infected. Fins will not
be as long as undamaged fins.-Chuck>
Re: Beat Up Flowerhorn Needs Help
4/1/06 Hi, WWM crew... well, you see by some reasons my
smaller Flowerhorn (a little over 1 inch) got to the side
where I keep my bigger one (around 2 1/2 inch. I really
don't know how it happened since there are dividers but
well, the smaller ones tail was almost eaten!!! I
removed him and let him swim for a while, first it was okay
but then he fell vertically with his head down. I tried
supporting him with a net but it didn't work. Earlier
this morning, I saw him swimming horizontally again, but
when I tried to feed him I realized that he can't
swim upwards (like, with his head facing the surface) and so
he can eat only those that sank at the bottom of the tank.
What can I do to help him? Will his tail grow back and
function normally if it does? I'm really worried that he
might die of starvation. Please reply soon. Thank you.
< First of all keep the water clean and treat for
infection with Nitrofuranace. Add Bio-Coat by Marineland to
add a protective slime to the body. When things start to
grow back he will begin to swim normal and start to eat
again. Everything may grow back if things do not
get infected. Fins will not be as long as undamaged
Re: Beat Up Flowerhorn Needs TLC
4/3/06 Hello, thanks for replying soon. well, how fast
will the tail start to grow and he still has very low
appetite, how long can he last without eating?
-------------------------------------- Hi, I
went to our local pet store and they said they didn't have
the Nitrofuranace and the bio-coat and gave me this tablet
like thing, Baktopur direct by Sera. is that okay too?
Cecille <... for? Please see WWM for Flowerhorn Disease:
and Cichlid Disease, Neotropical Cichlid Disease, Infectious Disease...