Adult Arowanas are best kept alone, because of their size and requirements. If housed with other tank mates they must be large enough not to be swallowed whole by the Arowana and must not occupy the upper section of the tank. Most all bottom dwellers are tolerated. Other aggressive fish may ruin the long flowing fins of a beautiful Arowana.
Arowana is carnivorous. In the wild its food consists mainly of insects, fishes and worms Provide live or frozen fish and insects, krill, worms and shrimp (for young Arowana avoid insects or inverts with sharp or very hard shells) Thaw frozen foods before feeding Provide pellets designed for surface feeding carnivorous fish (or Arowana pellet food)
Feeding These fish are surface feeders often gliding just below the water surface. Feed young fish 2-3 times a day and adults once a day, feed only what they can eat within 3-5 minutes. Feed carefully as Arowanas usually attack their food coiling their bodies like a spring and lunging forward to engulf the food
Housing The Arowana is a surface swimming fish, width (front to back) of the tank is more important than its height (top to bottom). A general rule is the width of the tank should be at least the length of the fish. For an Arowana baby a 20 gallon long is adequate for the first two or three months. (Beware that if a fish is left in too small of tank a permanent spinal curvature can occur.) As the fish grows a 55 gallon, then a 125 gallon, and finally a 180 gallon plus for a fullgrown fish is recommended. Always keep tank covered as this fish is an active jumper Provide proper filtration to maintain health, and perform 25-50% water changes weekly. Arowana are more sensitive to nitrites than other fish. Water temperature should range from 72° F. to 82° F.
❑ Appropriate size aquarium ❑ Pelleted or live foods ❑ Filter ❑ Water conditioner ❑ Aquarium cover ❑ Light ❑ Water test kit ❑ Substrate ❑ Net ❑ Thermometer ❑ Décor ❑ Airstone ❑ Heater ❑ Book about Arowanas ❑ Air pump
Arowanas, also known as aruanas or arawanas are freshwater bony fish of the family Osteoglossidae, sometimes known as "bony tongues." In this family of fishes, the head is bony and the elongate body is covered by large, heavy scales, with a mosaic pattern of canals. The dorsal and the anal fins have soft rays and are long based, while the pectoral and ventral fins are small. The name 'bony tongues' is derived from a toothed bone on the floor of the mouth, the 'tongue', equipped with teeth that bite against teeth on the roof of the mouth. The fish can obtain oxygen from air by sucking it into the swim bladder, which is lined with capillaries like lung tissue
1. Extend 6 or 7 feet of line past the rod tip. Pull an arms length of line out with your free hand and begin raising the rod tip, allowing the lure to swing toward you, while pulling line through the guides with your free hand at the same time.
2. When the lure swings back even with your body, lower the rod tip.
3. Immediately sweep the rod back up, swing-ing the lure “pendulum style” forward toward your target
4. Release line in your free hand as needed and the lure should swing out to your target and drop quietly down into the water.