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    just wonderin'

    anyone here have any arrowanas?

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    No... but I used to work for a tropical fish wholesaler and we brought in rainbow & black arowanas.

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    hi jimscott!

    i used to have silver and both types of Australian, truly great fish. i gave one australian away, as far as the other... it died. i was so sad! it died because it ate the freshwater lobster thing my friend gave me for my bday one year. its face started to bubble and blister, it was nasty!! a friend of mine at the pet store said he guesses the shell was too hard and either cut the insides of the fish up and liquid made the face swell up and blister. they were HUGE blisters. it died a few days later. maybe it was poisonus?? we all had no clue why. i was depressed for a while. i grew that australian aro from a baby - 1 inch to 1 foot.

    had them for a while, but i had to move and could not really take my fish with me. i gave the silver to my cousin where my sliver eventually outgrew the tank, and after about a year, the silver died - i guess it tried to jump out once too much. i dont know. it was a 100 gallon tank, but these fish grow too big for that size. i think a 200g tank would be ok. i have other friends with 200g and their aros are spectacular!

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    Wholesalers do bring in the 2-3" baby arowanas, which wouldn't be too expensive at the retail level. 200 gallon is quite adequate for several years worth of enjoyment. A 10 gallon tank of feeder guppies and then goldfish would be a good idea. Sorry you went through such anguish. I remember buying my dad a dozen "large" Neons and unfortunately I didn't take into consideration that his Tinfoil Barb had the capacity to eat them all. I was pretty upset!

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    I've had both silver and black arowanas and they get huge. They're terrific jumpers, so make sure you have a VERY secure cover on your tank or you'll find a dried up arowana on your floor. Not fun...

    You'll often see baby arowanas for sale that still have the yolk sac attached. I say DO NOT BUY THEM. One, they're notoriously difficult to get to start feeding and secondly arowanas are mouthbrooders - I've read where the parents are killed in order for the babies to be harvested. I don't know if that's true or not since many African cichlids are mouthbrooders and the babies can be harvested without harming the parents. I personally think it's better to buy the larger arowanas that are about 4" long. They're much easier to work with.

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    Will, the parents are usually killed for food, the Arrowana is a food fish in south america, so the babies w/ yolk sacks are an attempt at saving those fish (for the purpose of getting a few cents), though the vast majority will die anyhow.

    I have had silver Arrowanas, and they are amazingly beautiful fish, and i love to sit and watch them, however i have to take an opposing view to Jim.

    These are not suitable creatures for a 200 gallon tank, will they be happy there for a few years? yes... but... most people buy as big a tank as they can afford, and rarely upgrade. Silver Arrowanas need a tank on the order of 350 - 500 gallons, they need to be deep front to back, and lengthwise, but not neccissarily top to bottom.

    All arrowanas can suffer from a condition called 'gill curve' where the protective skin over the gills curls out and exposes the gills to everything. This condition while, not always life threatening, is obviously not good for the fish and it causes stress. Gill Curl is caused by water conditions, which have to be absolutely pristine. to give you an idea, way back in the day i kept a small arrowana in a planted tank, the plants thrived and sucked EVERYTHING out of the water, no amonia, no nitrate, nothing bad.. but the hard water here in San Antonio was all it took. Someday I hope to keep them again, and I will use 75% RODI and 25% tap.

    Finally, big predators make a big mess, a big tank costs a lot, and so do the filters that run them. Arrowanas are awesome fish, but if you are not willing, and absolutely sure your financially capable of supporting this fish through it's entire growth cycle, that includes when it's 4 feet long, then don't get one.

    If you do, keep a tight heavy glass lid on your tank, and don't put anything sharp in there like drift wood until the fish is used to you, they are very skittish until they come to recognize patters on activity in their 'home'.

    hope that helps.
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    I have had silver Arrowanas, and they are amazingly beautiful fish, and i love to sit and watch them, however i have to take an opposing view to Jim.

    These are not suitable creatures for a 200 gallon tank, will they be happy there for a few years? yes... but... most people buy as big a tank as they can afford, and rarely upgrade. Silver Arrowanas need a tank on the order of 350 - 500 gallons, they need to be deep front to back, and lengthwise, but not neccissarily top to bottom.
    That's okay, Steve! My perspective on them is strictly from that of a wholesaler, which means, "head'em up and mov'em out". We break every rule of thumb about overcrowding... but then again, we didn't keep them around long enough to worry about it.

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    lol, truth Jim.
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