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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Flowerhorn

I just pick up a 8" red dragon male
Really dull in color
How do I get him to a brighter color
He's in a 30 gallon
Temp 78

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-28-2012, 06:40 PM
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If you just got him, he's probably just stressed. Giving him time to adjust to his new home should do the trick
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He was dull when I pick him up
Pinkish color not red like the one I c on the net
Plus I think his hump is getting smaller to

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live food?
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So far I feeding him fancy guppy

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i honestly never dealt w flowerhorns, i just know live food usually does the trick for fish. id try some shrimp. maybe things like beef heart n color-enhancing pellets too. it won't change overnight, so just make sure to give him food high in nutrition and hopefully u'll see some difference in a while. good luck! they are beautiful fish :)
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High quality pellets are a must, they contain all the nutrients that they need. Not feeding pellets and only feeding live food is like letting a kid eat candy all the time, They prefer it but it's not good for them.

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Flowerhorns are omnivores,a bit aggressive but intelligent.
They will accept any food you put in.
Be careful when you feed him meaty foods,he may bite your hand if meaty foods are fed constantly.
Try feeder shrimp(ghost shrimp),he will grow his hump bigger if you feed him those.My lfs fed them ghost shrimp and have huge humps at only 3-5 inch.
They will take weeks to be used to his new home.

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Krill,chopped earthworm's,cricket's,shrimp,and good quality pellet food such as New Life Spectrum(has vegetables and fruit) would be good food's, but no food's will make hump larger for this is entirely genetic.
Some will develop large hump's some won't.(some females develop small hump's)
Keeping nitrAte level's low will be a bit tough in 30 gallon tank(Too small longterm) with a fish that can grow as large as the Flowerhorn. (50 percent weekly water changes). IMHO

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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