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post #1 of 21 Old 06-17-2012, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on Arowana...

So If anyone has anymore detailed information on keeping Arowana, like how many can be kept together, can you keep them with other species, etc.... Id really appreciate it. For some reason I am really drawn to this fish. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-17-2012, 10:39 PM
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They need enormous tanks above 125g when fully grown which can be up to 24-30 inches long.

They eat just about anything and as such should be kept in a tank by themselves unless it is upwards of 300g to allow big fish to be kept with it.

They do best in neutral pH 7, they absolutely need a strong covered top as they can jump very well, glass tops need to thick glass or thick acrylic with some weight on top.

Asian Arowana or Golden Arowana can get to 36" in length, need a pH of 7-7.5 and temperature around 75-86F..these two will also set you back quite a bit of money as they are considered endangered species and command a high price because of it.

Silver Arowana need extremely strong covers as they are the fish commonest in the aquarium hobby and can jump a long way in the air, young fish need tanks 36" inches long at the minimum and 60-72" once fully grown.

They need live food in their diets such as healthy feeder fish, frogs and shrimps. Any small fish in the tank with them will be gone in the blink of an eye if it can fit in their mouths.

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post #3 of 21 Old 06-17-2012, 11:19 PM
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I know a guy who is looking to sell his 24in cheap but hes up here in ohio so no clue on if shipping is possible, its so big the pet store he works at wont keep it because they don't have anywhere to fit it

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post #4 of 21 Old 06-18-2012, 12:17 PM
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I'm waiting for the dwarf arowanas to hit the market.....

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #5 of 21 Old 06-18-2012, 01:15 PM
those look like stunted arowana if you ask me.i don't really like their compact look.it's so un-natural.if you want to keep an aro get ready to upgrade tanks as they grow larger.a small specimen should not be kept in a arge tank with the water filled to the rim.that means a fish sized about 4 inches needs only to be kept in a 2 footer that's filled less then half way.constant wc changes will help with it's growth.once it's doubled in size a 3 footer is needed.depending on the feeding it will hold the fish for about a year plus maybe 2.then another upgrade is needed.you can choose between a 4x2x2 or jump straight to a 5x2x2 at this time you can add a few large fishes that will stay with the arowana till it's fully matured. you'll also need to feed them live food.they rarely or never take pellets.live feeder frogs that are also used for human consumption are the best form of food for them.do not feed them feeder live prawns.the prawns are bottom dwellers and the fish has to keep looking down to find them this will lead to drooping eyes.as for so called super worms feed in moderation.the get fat deposits under the eye and it will also cause eye drop and is un- healthy for the fish if feed constantly on it.mp can be used but the aro has to be trained before it will except it.

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #6 of 21 Old 06-18-2012, 02:50 PM
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No, I meant I am waiting for someone to engineer a dwarf arowana. Or is there such a thing already? I've not heard of or seen one.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-18-2012, 03:14 PM
yup their is so called compact arowana they look blockish not to my liking at all.it's called king arowana

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #8 of 21 Old 06-18-2012, 03:36 PM
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A little research reveals that they are just deformed arowanas - the outrageous $12,000 price tag is justified because of the huge waiting list, as the specific deformity that results in said fish is rare. That was all the info I could find on them.

I want a mini arowana that is it's own breed :)

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #9 of 21 Old 06-18-2012, 03:47 PM
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I LOVE this coloration. I don't think it's the same species that you normally see though? I think that's a black while normally they are silver? Anyways that's an awesome color. I love white arowana and the fin pattern is just icing on the cake.
As far as I know, it's illegal to import all these lovely Asian arowana, as they are an endangered species that only zoos can import.. :/
Our one pet shop does sell these ugly little silver ones for $70 each.
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post #10 of 21 Old 06-19-2012, 03:23 AM
these are so called rainbow aro here.people in asia prefer to keep the Scleropages type

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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