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Misc - Arowana Species (Dragon Fish)
(Osteoglossum bicirrhosum) - Dragon Fish, Arrowana, Arawana, and Aruana.

Arowana Species Arowana Species > Quick Stats
Food: Arowana are a carnivorous fish. In the wild, its food consist mainly insects, fishes, prawns, worms and small amphibians. Live food are preferred by arowana though they can be trained to accept other food.
Breeding: Very Tough!
Tank Conditions: Water condition such as temperature, ph and condition are very, very, very important. Water temperature about 80F and the water PH at 7. Since water from Singapore is neutral (PH 7).

This site was created to get straight to the point. Below are some tips on keeping Arowanas. Send any additional information or questions to Ask An Expert

They do best when kept alone, although Arowanas are seen in large aquariums with large Plecostomus Catfish, large active Cichlids, and large Tinfoil Barbs.

Arowana Species: Key Points, Tips & Tricks - Arowana Q/A

  1. They like to swim a lot, and you don't want them running into things. I recommend a slight sandy base.
  2. When deciding on a tank for an arowana, make sure it's large enough for the type of fish you purchase. They frequently require tanks from 50-120 gallons.
  3. Variety in food is a MUST to avoid nutritional deficiency.
  4. Small arowana (below 2 inches should be fed three times a day, medium arowana < 2-5 inches) twice a day and large arowana (above 5 inches) once a day or alternate day.
  5. High fat food like feeder fish should only be used sparingly to avoid drop eye problem.
  6. Live food is generally more nutritious then its counterpart. However, the risk of introducing disease into the tank is increased when live food is used.
  7. There are six known species of Arowanas, and all of them can grow to be more 36" long.
  8. Arowana species live for many years.
  9. The word Arowana is often spelled in alternate ways such as Arrowana, Arawana, and Aruana.

Arowana Species: DO'S - Arowana Q/A

  1. Sometimes arowana have a budging eye problem. To prevent this let a small colored ping pong ball float in your tank. The arowana will love it.
  2. Make sure to have a tight fitting lid, they can tend to jump a lot.

Arowana Species: DONT'S - Arowana Q/A

  1. Don't put arowanas in with other fish, they will be dinner.

There are 5 main types of Arowana's. They are listed below.

  • Asian Arowana - The Asian Arowana is the most expensive of all because they are near-extinct. They are a protected species and mainly from Thailand, Sumatra and Malaysia. Asian Arowana have three main colors - Rusty Red, Gold and Green. Most businessman prefer Gold Arowana as they believe that it will bring good luck .
  • Australia Arowana - The Australian originated from Australia and look similar to Asian type. Pearl and Spotted Arowana are both Australian. They look the same except for the scales and colors.
  • Silver Arowana - (See Picture above) Silver Arowanas are the most common Arowana you can find in a lot of pet shops around the country, this type of fish you will not find in walmart. It is also the cheapest and not a protected. Silver Arowana have long fins with elongated tails, its whole body silver in color. It can mature to be very large in size around 45 inches long!
  • Black Arowana - The Black Arowana is the same as Silver Arowana but its fin and tail are black-color. It is not a protected, slightly more expensive than a Silver Arowana. Black Arowana are also a bit harder to raise than the Silver Arowana.
  • African Arowana - The African Arowana originated from Africa and is unlike any other Arowana. It looks slightly differant then the rest due to a oblong shaped head.

Follow the above recommendations and you should have a joyful Arowana experience. Send any questions, comments or pictures to Ask An Expert If you are interested in helping out visit our contributions page.

References/Further Reading

Vierke, J. 1986 Vierke's Aquarium Book. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 352 pp.

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