The Flowerhorn is a hybrid fish produced from the matings between a number of South American cichlid species. They are otherwise known as the Louhan or La Han fish. It is known to be one of the most expensive cichlids you can buy. Many people choose them for their interesting patterns or the large nuchal head hump that can develop.
Keeping This Fish
This cichlid is typical of other large South Americans in it's needs. It is relatively hardy but requires a large aquarium as it's length will reach 40cm. Other tankmates should be equally robust as the flowerhorn will become aggressive. They are often best kept in a single species aquarium. Feed them with a cichlid pellet that is suited to their size along with occasional live foods.
Flowerhorns are a fairly recent addition to the fishkeeping hobby being first made available by the Malaysian breeder in the early 1990's.
The original parentage is publicly unknown but common opinion is the flowerhorn is a result of hybridization amongst red devil family relatives such as the Cichlasoma trimaculatum & Amphilophus citrilophus. The first breeder either will not disclose or is not completely certain of the cichlid species involved.
What differentiates the flowerhorn fish from many other hybrids is it's ability to produce fertile offspring. None the less, the hybrid nature of this species means it has not been given a latin name.
Flowerhorn Demand & General Prices
Flowerhorns are either loved or hated by those interested in keeping cichlids. Cichlid enthusiasts sometimes consider it to be a monstrocity because of it's unnatural genetics. Others are willing to pay extremely high prices for particular specimens.
Flowerhorns have been known to sell for over $1000 dollars when good specimens are offered to the market. Smaller fish that have not yet fully developed can sell for $50 or less however..
Flowerhorn Cichlids For Sale
Good prices can be found for this fish even if they are known for being quite expensive. Many flowerhorns for sale will have been imported by the seller or wholesaler from overseas breeders.
Beneath are the listings where you can buy flowerhorn fish from eBay.