I Don't Know What Happened

TJG

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I got my Flowerhorn on 8-16-19. He did fine until last Friday (9-13-19). Then he just stopped eating. The day before he was his usual self, eating everything I put in the tank. I tested the water Saturday morning with my API test kit and had 0 am, 0 trite, 5 trate. He is the only occupant of the 75 gallon tank. I went ahead and did a water change just to be safe. He still didn't eat that day. Next day I tried some shrimp and he still didn't eat so I tried frozen bloodworms (thawed out) on Monday and Tuesday never saw him eat anything. Tested the water a few more times during that time still had 0,0, and around 5 on the nitrate. Wednesday night I tried the bug bites again and he still didn't eat. When I got home from work this morning he was dead. There are no outward signs on his body of anything other than his color had darkened a bit. Only other thing is pH is at 8.2. Anyone have any ideas? I don't want to move the filter media to another tank to keep it cycled until I figure this out. As far as the high pH goes none of my other fish seem to mind it and neither did he for the first few weeks. I am at a total loss and super disappointed that I couldn't keep this little guy alive.
 

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I have never owned a flowerhorn, but I might be able to contribute here. The physical build of a flowerhorn can commonly alter their ability to eat because of compression of their organs. After all - they are hybrids, the parts/organs they get from each species don't always work together very well. They are not particularly long-lived for this reason. I would highly recommend taking a look at Joey's (King of DIY) video on Youtube about the death of his flowerhorn, it sounds like a similar situation.
 

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I have never owned a flowerhorn, but I might be able to contribute here. The physical build of a flowerhorn can commonly alter their ability to eat because of compression of their organs. After all - they are hybrids, the parts/organs they get from each species don't always work together very well. They are not particularly long-lived for this reason. I would highly recommend taking a look at Joey's (King of DIY) video on Youtube about the death of his flowerhorn, it sounds like a similar situation.
I must agree. Flowerhorn cichlids are a genetic mess. Sometimes they live for a long time and sometimes they don't live more than a few months. I have had my flowerhorn for almost a year now so some do fine. It sounds like its not your fault though, some of them just have bad genetics unfortunately.
 
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Thanks for the replies. Now I need to decide if I try another flowerhorn or go a different route.
 
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