Flowerhorn color change question

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I have a question for those of you with more knowledge about flowerhorns. When purchasing a flowerhorn, at what point can you tell what the adult color, pearling ect. will be? In other words at what size will you be able to see the final look of a flowerhorn? Will many keep changing at 3", 6", 8"?
 

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You can almost never tell unless the strain is very well established and the traits are fixed over several generation.
 

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I have a question for those of you with more knowledge about flowerhorns. When purchasing a flowerhorn, at what point can you tell what the adult color, pearling ect. will be? In other words at what size will you be able to see the final look of a flowerhorn? Will many keep changing at 3", 6", 8"?
you can tell around 4"
 

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At around that size u should keep it solo, bump up the warmth of the water to about 86. Let adapt. You should see its colors/markings. Then it all intensify with age/growth. But then theres a fader type that turns into a different colored fish.
 

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Here is my kmfa flower horn i got from that petsmart fiasco where they were selling red texas cichlids and they were actually kmfa flowerhorns.. he was dark blue and with in a 3 week period he completely changed colors .. he is a awesome fish

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sonicrx

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i bought 4 all were very tiny.. i will see if i can find a pic. looked nothing like it does now haha
 

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here this is the best i can do .. he grew quick haha . i had for about a week or so in these pics.. they were sold to me as red texas cichlids lol for 6.00 each

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bhfautsch

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What a deal you got there! The petsmart around here is also selling what look like tiny flowerhorns as red texas. They are green with 3 black spots and a little pink. I think it's so weird but the workers there don't know the slightest thing about them.


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