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Arowana Aquarium Fish - Silver Arowana

Silver Arowana, Osteoglossum bicirrhosum
Silver Arowana, Osteoglossum bicirrhosum

The Arowana originated from the Amazon River basin.  Variations on the spelling of the name include Arrowana, Arawana, and Aruana.  It is also called the Dragon Fish and the God Fish.

The Silver Arowana has large silver scales.  The dorsal and anal fins are set far back and almost merge into the tail fin.  Another distinctive feature is the presence of a tongue that protrudes from its mouth.

The Arowana is not a beginner fish, because it needs very clean, clear water and lots of space - at least 55 gallons and preferably 300.  Arowanas are very tolerant of variations in pH and water hardness.   They can breathe air for short periods of time.  Arowanas are very popular for the beauty of their swimming patterns.

Silver Arowana, Osteoglossum bicirrhosum
Silver Arowana, Osteoglossum bicirrhosum

Arowana Aquarium Fish - Feeding

Feeding an adult Arowana is expensive.  They can be fed live and frozen brine shrimp, live black worms, live crickets, floating pellets, arowana sticks and any live fish that will fit in their mouth.  They will also eat meat, but if they have been raised on feeder guppies or goldfish, they will not take to meat easily.  They only take food from the surface.  In the wild, they will leap from the water to catch insects.  They are also easily scared.  A covered tank is essential and the lid should be weighted down, as they can force their way through most aquarium lids.  As they mature, they become aggressive toward their own kind.

Arowana Aquarium Fish - Asian Arowana

Asian Arowana, Scleropages formosus
Asian Arowana, Scleropages formosus

Arowana Aquarium Fish - Black Arowana

Black Arowana, Osteoglossum ferrari
Black Arowana, Osteoglossum ferrari

Arowana Aquarium Fish - Jardini Arowana

Jardini Arowana, Scleropages jardini
Jardini Arowana, Scleropages jardini