All About The Dragon Fish

by robert on May 26, 2013

The red arowana is one of the most beautiful – and most expensive – fish a person can have in an aquarium. This fish is highly prized for its distinctive red coloring, and for its perceived luck and energy-giving properties. In fact, the Chinese call it the “dragon fish”, as its scales and color evoke the image of the Chinese dragon. There is a variety of this fish available, such as the red-tailed golden, chili red, super red, and blood-red arowanas. This variety is not caused just by a change in color shade, but also due to differences in other physical features such as body shape and size, and fin sizes.

While arowanas can also be found in South America, Africa, and Australia, the colorful varieties can only be naturally found in Southeast Asia. Green arowanas are the most common throughout the area, while red arowana are only found on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. The destruction of their habitat along with the high demand for specimens from collectors has had a negative impact on the numbers of these fish in the wild. As such, these fish are extremely rare and are now considered a protected species. Since it has proven difficult to get these fish from the wild, endangered Asian arowanas are being bred in fish farms. This allows the conservation of the species, while at the same time providing a supply of these rare fish for collectors.

Asian arowanas, like all other arowanas, are carnivorous. Captive arowanas must be fed a steady diet of fish and shrimp, and even pork, to keep them in good health. It is also advised to keep captive arowana separate when placed in small tanks as the fish are generally highly territorial. With proper care and maintenance, having a red arowana or two at home can be a rewarding experience.

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Facts About Red Arowanas

by robert on May 26, 2013

Arowanas are among the largest freshwater fish in the world – some species can even grow up to 2.5 meters long. These fish are considered as “living fossils”, as arowanas have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. As such, arowanas have a number of unusual features such as a long body covered with large, heavy scales; a bony head; and a bony “tongue” on the floor of the mouth, really a bone with teeth which bite against those on the roof of the mouth. Aside from using gills to breathe, arowanas can also breathe air through their mouths thanks to a swim bladder that works like a lung.

These large and powerful fish are meat eaters – birds, bats, and insects which have the misfortune to come within range of its six-foot high leap out of the water are gobbled up along with other fish, frogs, and prawns. Regardless of its carnivorous nature, arowanas are good parents, protecting their eggs dutifully in nests or by keeping them safely tucked away inside their mouths. Young arowanas stick with their parents after they hatch, staying under their protection until such time that they could be able to fend for themselves.

The Asian species of arowana are some of the most exclusive and best colored fish in Southeast Asia’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands. The four types in the area are the gold, the yellow, the green, and the red arowana. The red arowana is the rarest and most highly-prized arowana; collectors, especially the Chinese, are drawn to its deep red color. Some see a beautiful addition to their fish tank, while others see a symbol of wealth and luck. Such collecting has contributed significantly to the decline of red arowana numbers in the wild, so much so that the fish is now considered a protected species in the area.

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A Primer on Arowanas

May 10, 2013

Arowanas are not called “The King of Tropical Fishes” for nothing. A South American species of arowana known as the arapaima or pirarucu is one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world, tipping the scales at 200 kilograms and reaching lengths of up to 2.5 meters. They are powerful jumpers, with some species leaping […]

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What Is An Arowana?

May 10, 2013

Arowanas are large freshwater fish which have bony heads and elongated bodies. There are 10 different kinds of arowanas: four can be found in Southeast Asia, three in South America, two in Australia, and one from Africa. Known as the “King of Tropical Fish”, these fish are big – the South American arapaima (also known […]

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Do You Need Tank Substrates in Your Arowana Tank?

May 10, 2013

The question of whether or not to use Tank Substrates in your Arowana tank is not merely a question of preference in terms of the aesthetic schema.  You should keep in mind that in order to maintain your Arowana in good health, you should create an environment that will be conducive to that. These fishes […]

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Weighing Whether or Not to Use Tank Substrate in Your Arowana

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Most people do not like the idea of putting tanks substrate in their Arowana tank. This is because the presence of such will require additional efforts in terms of maintaining the tank. Considering the fact that Arowana tanks are generally big in size, this additional measure is a substantial undertaking. Tank substrates require such because […]

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Watch Out for These Elements in Your Arowana Tank Water and Keep Your Arowana Healthy

April 26, 2013

Arowana tank water is the primary source of illnesses among Arowanas kept in the home. These diseases are caused by harmful elements present in the water. Unfortunately, these substances usually go virtually undetected. This is because the clarity of the water when inspected in plain view can be misleading. Also, the Arowana does not readily […]

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Test Your Arowana Tank Water

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The Arowana is a prized fished that requires special attention especially in terms of water care. The unfortunate end of such a pet means not only moral turmoil for the owner but also the laying to waste of a considerable amount of investment. This is why any grower or owner of the Arowana should invest […]

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The Silent Problem in the Water in Your Arowana Tank

April 16, 2013

The Arowana, like all fishes in the home, are silent. This is a very obvious fact that has serious implications. Your prized pet is isolated in its Arowana tank without any means of signaling to you that something is wrong. This is why many Arowanas health problems are only detected when it’s already very grave […]

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Maintenance of Your Arowana tank

April 14, 2013

The Arowana is not a cheap investment. The procurement of such a fish generally entails a considerable amount of expenditures that do not at all stop with the buying of the species itself. Several other things ought to be bought like a special Arowana tank, implements in the habitat, agitators, bottoms, feeds among others. As […]

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