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Flowerhorn cichlids are ornamental aquarium fish noted for their vivid colors and the distinctively shaped heads for which they are named. Their head protuberance, or kok, is formally termed a "nuchal hump." Like blood parrot cichlids, they are man-made hybrids that do not exist in nature.


First developed in Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan, they are now kept by fish hobbyists worldwide. Some critics have questioned the impact of flowerhorn breeding programs. 


The Flowerhorn fish is a mix of different cichlids of Central America, p.e. Amphilophus Trimaculatum (Trimac) or Amphilophus Citrinellus (Midas). The characteristics of these wild predecessors also affected the nature of these bulls. First, these fish were bred and traded with in Asia, some time later the flower horn craze covered North America as well.


Full-grown Flowerhorn fish offers the advantage. They have already developed their full color and their sex is easy to determine. Most females have very small or no frontal hump at all. Adult fish survived over the critical point of 10 cm; these fish are – comparable to their ancestors – susceptible to intestinal parasites (white feces) when they are still young.



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