Flowerhorn

Khalid2325

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I bought my new Flowrhorn and it’s third today. He is not eating all and scars when I go near him. Please tell what should I do so he will eat.

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HybridFinatic

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Keep the lights off for a week and don’t go near the tank as much and let him get used to his tank and surroundings before he gets used to you. You also need him to associate you with food so leave a pellet or two in the tank and leave it and come back 10 or so minutes later and take out the pellets if he doesn’t eat them and try again the next day. This is typical for new fish. Also I know many keep flowerhorn barebottom and it’s easier to clean but I would add a shallow layer of gravel to keep him busy and and gives him something to do.
 
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silverrhino8

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It's clearly stressed. Those dark patches on it's body (not the flowerline, the other larger marks) are stress marks and will go away when he's feeling better. He's probably more pale than usual too. I'd keep the temp around 80, do a large water change if you haven't already, test your water for high nitrate / ammonia and add oxygen (bubbler, air pump, lower your water level etc). In addition, keep the lights off for awhile like HybridFinatic said and limit going near the tank (move slowly when you do). Just try to observe him from 6+ feet away. I've had many new flowerhorns and some take a few days to get used to you (even longer if they're smaller).
 

Magnus_Bane

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Agreed to everything said so far. Only other thing I would add ontop of all that would be to include a place for him to hide in if he so chooses to. Like a pot or a cave that he can fit into easily. I find that FH's generally won't hide as much if there is an excess of hiding spots available in the tank.
 
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Khalid2325

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Agreed to everything said so far. Only other thing I would add ontop of all that would be to include a place for him to hide in if he so chooses to. Like a pot or a cave that he can fit into easily. I find that FH's generally won't hide as much if there is an excess of hiding spots available in the tank.
I tried to feed him blood worms yesterday and he ate it all but again today morning and evening I try to feed him blood worms he is not eating blood worms also
 

Khalid2325

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And more thing I have noticed from the day I bought him it’s 4 days now and without eating anything only once he ate blood worms his head is growing big
 
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