"The Arowana gives us a view of our
ancient prehistoric world, the world during the Jurassic age. The Arowana
is one of only a few living examples of this group."
One of the most
interesting fish it gets rather large. A 48 inch specimen, although rare,
will need an aquarium of at least 100 gallons just ot turn around!
These fish are jumpers so make sure the top of the aquarium is
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A long fish with
silvery scales there are blue, red, and green highlights that develop as
the fish grows older. The mouth is at the top of the body and opens
in three pieces.
Care and feeding:
These fish will generally eat all kinds of live foods. Sometimes
they will accept large flakes or pellets which is desireable in order to
give them a balanced nutrition.
These fish are
found in the Amazon Flood plains.
Size - Weight:
These fish get
up to 47 inches (117 cm). Usually they are much smaller in aquariums,
usually 24 to 30 inches is a good sized Arowana.
generally not a good community fish. Only small specimens can be kept
together and with other fish. As they get older their size and the
fact that they eat other fish makes them unsuitable for any but the
largest of tankmates.
has a longer anal fin.
Water Region: Top, Middle,
These fish will swim in the top of
Acceptable Water Conditions:
Hardness: 8-12° dGH
Temp: (75-86° F) 24-30°
Water parameters for breeding are the same as for general maintenance
above. Feed large amounts of live food to induce spawning. The
eggs are up to 1/2 inch in diameter. The male will brood them in his
mouth. After 50-60 days the eggs will develop and produce fry which
have and obvious eggsak. They are 3-4 inches long before this is gone and
they will feed entirely on their own.
This fish is available
from time to time.
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