Fish Profile

Silver Arowana

Silver Arowana also known as the Dragon Fish or the Monkey Fish because of their jumping instinct, Arowana are a prehistoric fish dating back to the Cretaceous Period (66+ million years). They are bone-tongued and have teeth on their tongue that compose their bite against the roof of their mouths. Rather difficult to keep for the novice aquarist, Arowana, in general, are known to be avid jumpers and should be kept in a setup specifically catered to this disposition for their own safety.

Fish Profile

Silver Arowana

Silver Arowana also known as the Dragon Fish or the Monkey Fish because of their jumping instinct, Arowana are a prehistoric fish dating back to the Cretaceous Period (66+ million years). They are bone-tongued and have teeth on their tongue that compose their bite against the roof of their mouths. Rather difficult to keep for the novice aquarist, Arowana, in general, are known to be avid jumpers and should be kept in a setup specifically catered to this disposition for their own safety.

Arowanas are specialized surface feeders and have been known to jump up to 2-meters to capture flying insects and birds from overhanging branches in the wild. Mostly recommended for the seasoned aquarist, Arowana can grow up to 2-3 feet in captivity and for this reason require a suitable tank and environment.

 

There are several different classifications of Arowana; Asian, South American, Australian and African. The Asian Arowana is banned in the United States due to its endangered species designation. The Black Arowana can also be found in the same South American habitat as the Silver Arowana.

Arowanas are a solitary fish and usually only allow company when they are young. As the Arowana matures they can become rather dominant and aggressive, although, some keepers have found success when keeping them with larger South American cichlids, in an appropriately sized tank of course. It is recommended that mature Arowana are kept in a 150-gallon aquarium at MINIMUM, while setups of 400-600 gallons are actually preferred. And, best case would be a small pond if the climate of your state is appropriate. In their natural environment, water temps range from 75-82 degrees.

It is Highly Important to weigh down the top of any aquarium which houses an adult Arowana. They are large, strong fish and are known to leap at any hint or clue of food or when being surprised, which if not properly contained will result in significant internal injuries.

Silver Arowana also require rather pristine water conditions in order to flourish and stay disease-free. For this reason, we recommend daily water changes and no less than twice a week at the very least. Arowana are susceptible to a variety of diseases related to water quality in captivity such as Dropsy, Cloudy-eye, Hyper-slime production, and Drop-eye Disease.

Although Silver Arowana are probably the cheapest of the Order and most readily available in the aquarium market, it is imperative that any new owner be responsible with their new pet and take the appropriate measures to ensure that this beautiful, unique, and intoxicatingly interesting fish can flourish for the duration of their natural life-span.

SM Silver Arowana

SM Silver Arowana

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$49.99

Siler Arowana Information Card:

General

Size: Up to 36″

Common Name: Silver Arowana, Monkey Fish, Dragon Fish

Scientific Name: Osteoglossum bicirrhosum

Region: South America; Amazon River, Essequibo and Oyapock Basins

Breeding: Difficult in the aquarium environment. If the aquarium is not big enough significant and life-threatening injuries can occur. Eggs are fairly large and males will carry fertilized eggs around in their mouths for over 45 days.

Lifespan: 10-15 Years in Captivity

 

Water Parameters

Temperature: 75° -82°F

General Hardness: 1-8 dH

pH: 6.5-7.5

Disease Susceptibility: Cloudy-eye disease, Hyper-slime production, Dropsy and Drop-eye all due to inadequate water conditions.

 

Tank Mates

Usually best kept alone however similarly sized tank mates can be found coexisting in setups big enough to house them. Arowana are semi-aggressive so when choosing tank mates, take this into consideration. Arowanas will eat anything that can fit into their wide mouths.

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