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Fish Spotlight: Silver Arowana

Arowanas are one of the most sought after predatory fish in the aquarium hobby and are believed to date back over 100 million years. There are six species of true Arowanas, but many of them are restricted by some states. The one most readily available is the Silver Arowana. The Silver Arowana inhabits the Amazon River Basin's shallow, slow moving waters in South America.If you are planning on getting a Silver Arowana go ahead and plan on a long term relationship. On average, they can live in captivity for up to 10 years, but it's thought that they live much longer in the wild. A true river monster, the Silver Arowana is the largest of all the Arowana species, reaching...

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Fish Spotlight: MBU Puffer

    A freshwater pufferfish? Say it ain't so. There are almost 150 species of pufferfish living in freshwater, brackish, and marine. Of that 150, fewer than 30 are true freshwater puffers. Inhabiting the dense vegetation of Africa's rivers and lakes, you'll find the largest freshwater species of pufferfish, the rare and highly sought after Tetraodon MBU Puffer.  Mbu Puffers are thought to live longer in the wild, but their lifespan is about ten years in captivity. Its genetics and quality of care determine the lifespan of your MBU Puffer. This incredibly unique species can grow anywhere from 22-30"—the most important thing to think about when housing an MBU puffer is tank size. Don't let the little puffer you see...

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Fish Spotlight: Fire Eel

A natural introvert, the Fire Eel (Mastacembelus erythroataenia), is found dwelling in South-East Asia's shallow, slow moving freshwater riverbeds. In its native country, the fire eel is a food fish, highly prized among the locals. While the Fire Eels shape makes it easy for them to burrow into the riverbed, when they are searching for food, they can be seen swimming through thick vegetation or swimming towards the surface. Fire Eels are a large species of the spiny eel family. They are named spiny eels because of the spines on their dorsal fins, and their long slender bodies give them an eel-like appearance. Looks can be deceiving, and members of this family are not true eels due to the fact...

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