Flowerhorn? Yes or no?

ElectricBlueCrawfish1

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Hey y'all, so I have a 60 gallonthat I'm emptying and I think I want to do a flowerhorn cichlid next. It's been on my list for a while and I have an opportunity to so why not. I'm going to get a canister filter for it and probably won't have anything in the tank, maybe substrate, maybe. I haven't really picked out what tip of flowerhorn I want but that will come later. The filter is a SunSun hw-302 3tage filter 264gps. I also want a non full spectrum light so I need suggestions for that too.
 

FinalFins

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Flowerhorns need much bigger tanks than 60g, unfortunately. 100 gallons is usually the minumum size for these fish.

If you got a bigger tank and keep up with WC, I see no reason why not to get one.
 

aussieJJDude

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What's the dimensions? I think for a single fish, a 60 gallonshould suffice providing its wide enough for the fish to comfortably turn around.
 

FinalFins

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Good point. A long and wide enough tank can hold a flowerhorn.
 

A201

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Think long & hard before buying a FH. I recently traded in a Red Texas FH. I made an impulse buy, and after 2 yrs. He had grown to 10" with no sign of slowing down. His 65 gal.home was beginning to look cramped. The FH had a full set of teeth & bit me numerous times during WC's. A little unnerving. Lol.
 
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ElectricBlueCrawfish1

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Ok, that's good cuzz my tank was a custom build that the guy I bought it from got. I'm not home right now so I don't have the dimensions, sorry.
 
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ElectricBlueCrawfish1

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How big does a FH get?
 

GlennO

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About a foot long. I wouldn't keep one in a tank less than 5' x 18".
 

mbkemp

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I think a flower horn in a 60 is like living in a sleeping bag. It’s ok for a bit, til you have to poo.
 

Nikki2577

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I think a 60 gallonis too small unless you get a short body FH or a female. 18” width is really important. If it’s 12” I wouldn’t even bother.
 

FinalFins

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Females grow to the same length and just don't have the Kok.

Short body would be better.
 
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ElectricBlueCrawfish1

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My tank is 36"L 18"D 21"T
 

FinalFins

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36 inches long is too short. Only 3 feet compared to the estimated growth of 12
inches.

wouldnt do a short body FH either.
 
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ElectricBlueCrawfish1

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O I forgot too by the way! I would get a baby and he'd only be in that tank for about a year, I'll turn 16 in a year or so and I was already planning on getting a 125, and I've been planning on getting a FH. So would it be fine in this tank for the time being?
 

Feohw

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ElectricBlueCrawfish1 said:
O I forgot too by the way! I would get a baby and he'd only be in that tank for about a year, I'll turn 16 in a year or so and I was already planning on getting a 125, and I've been planning on getting a FH. So would it be fine in this tank for the time being?
I would wait till you get the other tank before getting him. You never know what may happen in a year. You may get him and no longer have the possibility of getting the bigger tank. Or you may forget until he's already cramped - if he gets that way. Better to have the appropriate tank and then get the fish imo.
 
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ElectricBlueCrawfish1

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Ok, ️
 

Momgoose56

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ElectricBlueCrawfish1 said:
O I forgot too by the way! I would get a baby and he'd only be in that tank for about a year, I'll turn 16 in a year or so and I was already planning on getting a 125, and I've been planning on getting a FH. So would it be fine in this tank for the time being?
That would be fine. Consider it a 1 year grow out tank and find the bigger tank you'll want, start collecting the equipment you'll need for it i.e. a stand, a filter, media. Get the 60 well cycled and put plenty of transferable media in it and by the time he is 6" long you'll have your bigger tank.
 

FinalFins

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I agree with Feohw. Anything could happen.
 
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ElectricBlueCrawfish1

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Ooo... The plot thickens! So are you (momgoose56) saying u think that having one for a little bit in 60 would be fine and collect the components I need for a bigger tank? I'm not discarding the rest of all a y'alls thoughts.
 

GlennO

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I read that they can grow very fast, up to 2cm per month in their first year.
 

Momgoose56

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GlennO said:
I read that they can grow very fast, up to 2cm per month in their first year.
Tha would be really unusually fast. A couple of varieties can get close to 8 inches in a year but even that is unusual.
 

FinalFins

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8 inch FH is too big for a 60 gal IMO.
 

GlennO

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Momgoose56 said:
Tha would be really unusually fast. A couple of varieties can get close to 8 inches in a year but even that is unusual.
Yep, it's just what I read, I have no personal experience with them. Pretty safe to say though that even if he gets a small 2.5" juvie it could outgrow a 36" tank very quickly.
 
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