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post #1 of 7 Old 02-28-2012, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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does my arowana look healthy scales a bit wierd

arowana have had him for 2 months he is growing alot i may be overfeeding him but his scales on his stomach alomst look like they are missing or gapped. he also has a a red scale on each side is this normal could it be from him growing so fast
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-28-2012, 10:21 PM
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Welcome to the forums and to the site!

What size tank is he in, what are your water parameters (Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, GH) etc.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-29-2012, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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He's in a 55 gallon for now I have a 120 I'm gonna put him in soon he has lots of room for his size now water conditions are good the tank was a little crowded not to long ago I have added some salt and upped my temp just worried about his stomach scales they don't look like rot just chipped or missing he eats lots and appears to be happy
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-29-2012, 02:28 PM
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Good that you added salt and upped the temperature.

Now the bad news, a 120g is NOT big enough for a fully grown arowana, at minimum 180g+
240-300g is more the size tank they need.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-29-2012, 02:34 PM
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The reason he is losing scales I suspect is the cramped conditions he is in now.

A 55g is simply too small for it, they do not have enough room to turn around properly and will cramp up.

A 6-8ft (72-96") tank is what they need and one that is wide as well.

They also produce a lot of waste and in a 55g it is simply too much probably to keep the water in good condition.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-29-2012, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for you posts i have been sitting here watching my aro and i just found the problem i have 2 jacke dempsys and they are actually bitting his scales off next question is can this be fixed or is it time to say good bye to the dempseys they have already bit off a few more scales also i do plan to get him a bigger tank when he grows a picture so u can see i think he has enough room for now he will be in the 120gal tank in 2 weeks how long do u suggest before i get a bigger one thanks
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-06-2012, 06:34 PM
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How is your Arowana doing?
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