In the late 1990's, there were fish breeders in Malaysia who were successful in creating a hybrid cichlid. The species of the cichlids that were used in the crossbreeding are still unknown to all except the people who created the fish. The hybrid cichlid is now known as the flowerhorn fish.Flowerhorn are easily distinguished from other cichlids. They have a prominent hump on their head. They also have markings on their side that are most commonly black. The different types of flowerhorn are usually red or in various shades of red. Regardless of the color, the hump and the marking are always present.Flowerhorn fish became a commodity overnight. This was because the fish as associated by many to be bringers of luck. This belief was rooted on the appearance of the fish. The hump on the head of the fish resembles the high-forehead of the Chinese God of Longevity. The markings on the side of the fish are also thought to be lucky especially when the markings look like Chinese characters or numbers. The hype about the fish being lucky were escalated to a higher level when owners start claiming that they have been experiencing good fortune when they started caring for the fish. Business owners claimed that their businesses flourished once they had the lucky fish in their store. There was also an instance where a lucky lady won the lottery using the numbers that she saw on her fish.There were also detractors of the fish. There are also those who opposed the idea of the flowerhorn. The fish was considered man made since it was a product of human manipulation and would otherwise not occurred in nature if man didn't meddle with it. The fish was tagged as an abomination of nature.The flowerhorn fish, unlike other products of hybridization, are fertile and can reproduce. What could have been considered as a miracle is also a reason why there are people who frown at the creation of the fish. Since they are not part of any natural niche, the introduction of the hybrid cichlid in any ecosystem will surely prove catastrophic. The people opposing the fish based their hypotheses on similar events where in foreign species were introduced to a stable community. An instance in the past was the introduction of the golden apple snails in the Philippines that was supposed to help alleviate the problems with food shortage but in turn became pests since they do not have natural predators.though riddled by bad publicity, the hybrid is still a favorite of fish enthusiasts. They sell not only because they are deemed to be lucky. Their awkward appearance is enough to stimulate the curiosity of people.