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Mealworms as treats for Flowerhorn

Updated: Jun 28, 2021

Flowerhorn cichlids are ornamental aquarium fish noted for their vivid colors and the distinctively shaped heads for which they are named. Like blood parrot cichlids, they are man-made hybrids that exist in the wild only because of their release.First developed in Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan, they became very popular with Asian fish hobbyists. They are also kept by hobbyists in the US, India and Europe.The four main derived varieties are Zhen Zhu, Golden Monkey, Kamfa, and the golden base group, which includes Faders and the Golden Trimac.



Flowerhorn cichlids have a lifespan of 10–12 years. Being aggressive and territorial, two or more flowerhorns are usually not kept together. Generally, the males are larger than the females, but there are some exceptions. Males have the kok, or the nuchal hump, on their foreheads. Males also usually have brighter and more vivid colors. For most breeds, the females have black dots on their dorsal fins, whereas males usually have longer anal and dorsal fins.

Flowhorns are not so much picky when it comes to eating, but they require a protein rich and strongly varied diet. Live foods are not necessary, as they will eat frozen and dried foods with no problems. Flowerhorns need a staple pellet to provide micronutrients and vitamins as well as additions like sun dried crickets, grasshoppers, mealworms, anchovies, and frozen shrimp. Worms, such as white worms, blackworms, earthworms and nightcrawlers can also be fed to Flowerhorns.


Mealworm in diet plays important role in nutrition of these fishes. Mealworm is the foods that is healthy, energy and protein-rich alternatives which your fish love! ! Dried mealworms are a protein-rich treat that will be welcomed by all wildfowl. Protein is important all year round.

Watch video of this fish enjoying mealworm:


Mealworms are nutritious insects that are high in protein and fat. They are a good food for birds, reptiles, fishes, small animals, and even people. Mealworms are the larvae of the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, also called the darkling beetle or tenebrio beetle. The larvae may also be called yellow mealworms or golden grubs, and they're pure gold for the birds that eat them. These insects are a rich source of protein that is necessary for muscle development.

Mealworms generally contains nutritional values as per follows:

Live Mealworm Nutritional Values*

  • Protein: 21%

  • Fat: 12%

  • Fiber: 2%

  • Water: 63%

Dried Mealworm Nutritional Values*

  • Protein: 52%

  • Fat: 27%

  • Fiber: 6%

  • Water: 6%

*Approximate values (Proportion may vary)

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