He is a 3 inch red dragon and I am wondering if the kok is hard or water.
The easiest way to test this is actually touching it; if its hard, then its fat-filled and would be a hard kok. If it's soft throughout, then it would be a water kok. Another good method is shining a flashlight through it, the more "translucent" it looks (kinda like if you shine a flashlight through your hand; it'll look something similar to that), the more water there is.
A semi-water would indicate a soft feeling, but you can feel the hard kok underneath.
It's a bit hard to tell at that size, the more growth will help out a lot, but, for now, you can make a good guess as to what the water:fat ratio is
Also, I *think* that may be a female . But I could be wrong, you can't tell perfectly 100% unless you vent them, but he/she seems to have a couple of the observational body signs of a female (unless he/she is being underfed, which I'm guessing isn't the case)
Hope this helps and best of luck!
Thanks for your response. How do you suggest feeling the kok?
Just go ahead and press it gently and feel around (sorry it sounds kinda weird). Best analogy I can think of is like if you were pressing/examining your forearm. You can give a bit of pressure/squeeze but don't press so hard that it hurts; same type of pressure you should give when examining your guy.
If he's pretty tame; you may be able to hold him in one hand (like you're gently holding a taco holding from the "top" of fish, or if he isn't fighting back, you can lay him flat on his side in you hand, using your fingers to slightly grip him so he doesn't accidentally "fall off") and feel around with the other hand; it'll make it easier so he doesn't swim away every time your hand comes near
There are so many ways this thread could be interpreted.
Isn't it lucky we're on FishLore talking about flowerhorns lol
Hold your fish like a taco... I'll have to remember that.
I will try that when I get a flowerhorn. If I ever do.
Yeah I put my hand in the other day and he bit me
That's his way of saying, 'I don't want to be held like a taco.' If they're big enough there are some Flowerhorns I wouldn't risk trying to touch.
How about held like a hamburger?
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