• NEW Magma Flowerhorn Cichlids!

    | Jan 19, 2016

    Flowerhorn cichlids are ornamental aquarium fish known best for their extremely vivid colors and the distinctively shaped heads for which they are named:  the head protuberance, or kok, is formally termed a "nuchal hump." 

    magma flowerhorn cichlid uncle billsThese species of fish are actually man-made hybrids that do not exist in the wild.  They were first developed in Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan, with four variations that became available in America by 1999.

    Since, Flowerhorn Fish have gone through intense selective cross breeding in order to have the best characteristics of the respective strains of the Cichlid Fish family.
    It began in 1993, when Malaysians admired fish with protruding heads, known as Kaloi or "warships," inspiring an exploration in creating physical variations.

    mixed flowerhorn cichlids uncle bills
    In 1994, red devil cichlids (typically Amphilophus labiatus,) trimac cichlids (Amphilophus trimaculatus,) and the hybrid blood parrot cichlid were bred together in Malaysia, marking the birth of the flowerhorn strain.
    When they were first imported to the United States,

    Flowerhorns came in two varieties, those with pearls (silver-white spots on the skin) and those without, but they now come in a great variety of colors and patterns!

    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.

    male magma flowerhorn giant hump uncle billsFlowerhorn cichlids have a life span of 10–12 years! They are usually kept at a water temperature of 80–85 °F, and a pH of 7.4–8.0. They require a tank of a minimum of 55 gallons, with 125 gallons optimally.
    Being very aggressive and territorial, two or more flowerhorns are usually not kept together, but the tank housing them can be divided up with acrylic dividers.

    It is believed in the Asian cultures it originated that the Flowerhorn attracts positive energy, and this is one reason for the immense popularity this fish species has gained in the last several years.  
    Based on the Feng Shui cycle, a Flowerhorn with a fully developed hump on its head is said to bring its owner prosperity, luck, longevity, and good fortune in all things!

    red magma flowerhorn cichlid uncle bills
    Now, Uncle Bill's Pet Centers is carrying the popular Magma Flowerhorn at our Greenwood store location!  Feel free to stop by and see the visual fireworks that are the Flowerhorn Cichlid's brilliant colors and intriguing shape.

    (*Images are for example only.  Actual fish in stock may vary in appearance.)

  • Super Special on Zilla Starter Kits!

    | Nov 25, 2015

    Enjoy your new tropical or desert companion in a fun, safe and easy way!  These starter homes are convenient and easy to set-up, and at a great price.  For the month of December through February 15ththese fantastic kits will be priced at an amazing $79.99--that's a savings of up to $120 anywhere else!  zilla-tropical-starter-kit-black-friday-uncle-bills

    Each kit includes the essentials like a Screen Cover, Fixtures & Bulbs to provide heat & light, Terrarium Liners, Setup & Care Guides, and a Humidity / Temperature Gauge.

    Tropical Starter Kit includes these Zilla products: zilla-tropical-starter-kit-black-friday-uncle-bills-contents
    *20L Glass Terrarium 
    *Reflective Dome 
    *Day Blue Incandescent Bulb
    *Screen Cover 
    *Humidity/Temperature Gauge
    *Under Tank Heat Mat 
    *Green Terrarium Liner 
    *Setup Guide


     Each Desert Starter Kit includes these Zilla products: 
    *20L Glass Terrarium 
    *Sliding Lockable Screen Cover 
    *8.5in Dome Light Fixture (2) 
    *Day White Incandescent Bulb 
    *Brown Terrarium Liner 
    *Humidity & Temperature Gauge 
    *Complete Setup and Care Guide

    NOTE: Kits do not include UVB lighting, which may be required by some desert or tropical-dwelling reptiles.

    Item sizes are:  30.25" x 12.5" x 12.75"

     Perfect for first-time reptile owners, the Zilla Tropical Starter Kit and Zilla Desert Starter Kit have everything you need to create a comfortable home away from home for your cold-blooded companion!

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