My new flower-horn wont eat

Quieteyes22
  • #1
A week ago I returned some fighting chiclids to the fish shop and returned with what i was told was a super red dragon flowerhorn. I though better to have one happy fish then 2 annoyed fish.
So i cleaned the tank, water parameters are ok. Hard water here in London 7.5 ph, Temp 27. I replaced the sand as well. Tank cycled already for over a month. 100 Litres.
Problem: This fish wont eat. He's shy and hides behand a large shell and faces the other way..!
He had live blood worm raining down on him and didnt even take a bite.. I try everything and after he ignores it i vacuum up the rest of the uneaten food. Ive tried pellets, frozen bloodworm , frozen beef heart and live bloodworm and brine shrimp. No joy. Right now his tank is covered with a towel If i cant get him to eat , ill have to return him… so they can figure out whats going on.
This is my first Flowerhorn. Ive had black ghosts knives until they outgrew the rank, Blue Chilids until they out grew tank.
I have a 220 litre tank with 2 massive black moors.
Any advice would be appreciated Tracy
 

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pufferpresence20
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Sorry you're having trouble with your fish! You can try some garlic like seachem garlic guard to try and entice him to eat. Also sometimes fish just take a while to get comfortable enough to eat, maybe turn the lights off when you feed? You could also ask the fish store what they fed him and use that. Flowerhorns are a lot of fun to keep, but just be aware that they can grow up to 12" -16"so he will outgrow the 100L in no time. Good luck!
 
A201
  • #3
Find out what foods were fed to the FH at the fish store. Hold off feeding for a couple of days.
You might add a few inexpensive dither fish, like Tiger Barbs.
Keep subdued lighting.
 
PeterFishKeepin
  • #4
Put the black moors in 100 litre and move cichlid into 220 litre
 
TClare
  • #5
100l will be too small in the long term, but for now best to let him settle down. It is not unusual for new cichlids to not eat for a while after the stress of being caught and moved - young juveniles are usually fine, but once they are bigger they seem to be more sensitive. I have had cichlids stop eating just moving them to a different tank. They can go quite a while without food so I would not worry too much just yet. It is probably best not to offer food for a few days. He will get hungrier, and if you have to keep removing uneaten food it will just increase the stress for him. Follow the advice that A201 has given.
 
Quieteyes22
  • Thread Starter
  • #6
Sorry you're having trouble with your fish! You can try some garlic like seachem garlic guard to try and entice him to eat. Also sometimes fish just take a while to get comfortable enough to eat, maybe turn the lights off when you feed? You could also ask the fish store what they fed him and use that. Flowerhorns are a lot of fun to keep, but just be aware that they can grow up to 12" -16"so he will outgrow the 100L in no time. Good luck!
I returned the fish to the shop and Thats what they did.. gave him garlic to stimulate his appetite.
It worked.. took him back. Tryng to feed him more than just bloodworms.. ive got dried mealworms and a sinking pellet. Yes a lovely fish. Ive called him FLUSH.
SIZE! ill have to get a bigger tank made.. All i can do is get a much talker one than i have now.. it will be 200 litres.. but no more. Hope that is enough. I have a 220 litre tank for my black moors . They were tny, now quite large..see pic. Thats Seth and Wendy. Wendy is a disabled fish. Bred with a tail much too big.. so she developed nerve damage.. so cant control her swimming very well, but shes not in pain or suffering so im just letting her live her life as is.

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Having fun trying to figure what his habitat should be.. Do they always need a cave?
Put the black moors in 100 litre and move cichlid into 220 litre
The black moors are huge.. they really need that size tank. I had it made for them as the 118 litre was way too small.
Flush the flowerhorn is just a baby. I can get a bigger tank made for him in the next 6 months..It wont be large than 200litres, as it has to fit into a fireplace but hopefully he wont be a massive one.
 

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A201
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The 200 litre tank should be just big enough for one FH wet pet.
 
Quieteyes22
  • Thread Starter
  • #8
The 200 litre tank should be just big enough for one FH wet pet.
I have just one flowerhorn. I did want to get him a mate so he wouldn't be lonely but Sims fish said they can get quite aggressive so advised against it. He seems happy enough. He Pays alot of attention to us, which is a new experience.
Want to learn more about how they like to live..
 
A201
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Be aware that he will probably grow a substantial set of teeth.
I once kept a unfaded RED Texas FH w/ sharp teeth that would actually attack my hand during the weekly WC. Lol.
 

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Quieteyes22
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Be aware that he will probably grow a substantial set of teeth.
I once kept a unfaded RED Texas FH w/ sharp teeth that would actually attack my hand during the weekly WC. Lol.
He does look a bit annoyed! When I put a meal worm in he really goes for it. God I hope it doesnt do that to my hand one day!
 

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