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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-22-2004, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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hey all,
my soon-to-be father in-law is an avid fish keeper and has some new fish that he forgot the name of. they are currently fairly small: 1-2 inches long each, but will get to be about 6 inches long. i think they look like fat gouramis with chipmunk cheeks. he says that eventually their scales will spell out words in chinese.
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Maybe he has the 'flower' cichlids that are all the rage in Asia at the moment. They are a hybrid of South American cichlids. Not something you are likely to encounter in nature. I looked at a website about them a while back. I can't remember the other name for these things. Anyone else?

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Yeap, they call it Lo-Han. I'm not sure the scientific name of it though.
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yeppers. i found a forum and am currently stunned. they are posting pictures of fish that cost more than $300 as adults and can get bigger than 6 inches long.
i had no idea.
i was reading just a bit and they don't sound very hardy at all. they are pretty though.
thanks for the help!
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That's a flower horn cichlid alright. It's not a natural species, but rather a man made one. It can survive and thrive in almost any water condition and will eat anything, especially plants. They are very aggressive. Kind of reminds me of Dr. Frankenstein's fish. What ever you do please do not release these fish into the wild if you get tired of keeping them.

They also can reach 10" - 12" in size. A lot of the forums out there like to imply that this species, if you can call it that, is a hard fish to keep. I had a couple back when they were about $500 a fish and found that they have huge spawns and are near impossible to kill through neglect. I believe that most of these flower horn forums want to keep up the "weak fish" appearance to keep prices high.

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The price was driven high from Asia. A few thousand each was common for nice ones. But the market dropped last year and all breeders went back to discus, arowana and fancy goldfish there. I was in Asia last September and almost all Flowerhorn or Lohan stores either closed down or changed to goldfish. Many fish were thrown to the river.

Opie's right. They are very hardy and their personalities are very similar to Oscars. Except that they are not as greedy during feeding as oscars. Don't feed them live fish cause they like to play with them. Sometimes, they put them in their mouth and spit them back out.
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