GUIDING AND CARING FOR AROWANA & SARATOGA.
Caring Arowana, Probably the most majestic fish within modern-day fish keeping aquariums. Named the dragon fish by Chinese aquarists for good reason, its large colored scales and beautiful movement make it seem like a shiny monster in the water.
This fish has many different variations leading to huge differences in pricing. The Australian version of the Arowana is the Saratoga, both the Jardini and Leichardt are great additions, they uphold the same characteristics as the Arowana’s found overseas, its just they are legal within
The silver Arowana is by far the most common and popular in the United States due to its cheap price and small starting size. You must not be fooled, however, for it can grow up to 2 feet in length and easily break through aquarium glass if it becomes startled or angry.
Green & RTG Arowana;
Other variations include the Green Arowana, which is slightly more expensive and then the RTG variety, which is imported from overseas with a microchip.
RTG species are near extinction and so there prices have become astronomical, around $1000-5000 for a single fish. If you are not an experienced hobbyist then don’t even bother. They are the same as any other type of Arowana, it is just they are becoming so rare the price and demand have gone through the roof.
Caring arowana, Arowana’s will need to be fed a composite diet of both meat and vegetables. If just fed fatty, the meaty food’s there will be a build-up of fat above its eye, resulting in the unwanted “drop eye” syndrome which substantially decreases its reselling value. Live foods will be a nice treat for these monsters although it can promote aggression. They are best kept with a small school of Arowana’s but of course, this is most difficult due to the extremely large tank you would need. Try not to turn your Arowana sour and into a bloodthirsty predator by only offering live food as a treat or occasional snack. Crickets and meal-worms are great and whats even better if you are able to breed these separately to have a constant supply of food!
This fish should not be kept with any other smaller fish in the aquarium, it will need to be completely solitary unless with its own kind or other huge fish. Try to keep more than two if you keep a species tank as just having two can become very territorial.
WHAT TROPICAL FISH ARE THE BEST CHOICE FOR THE AQUARIUM?
Choosing the right fish for your aquarium can be a demanding and worrying prospect. There are different types, grades, prices, sizes, color, aggression, feeding, water qualities etc. The list goes on and on.
Before you choose something, the major factor that we must look at is an inevitability. Inevitably the fish you purchase will grow, is this what you want? Do you want extremely large fish? Do you want your fish to stay smaller? Do you want a schooling fish? Planning out what you are going to purchase and how many is the best way to a more aesthetic aquarium.
If you want to house larger and more aggressive fish it is better to have just that type by itself, or only with other large and aggressive species. If you choose a schooling fish, a species tank is also a good option, they will most likely stick together, giving the desired effect.
If you want a community tank make sure you research which fish will go with which and what water conditions each need. There is no use having a school of discus which needs a very specific pH and then some silicide who need a much higher pH as one will suffer while the other thrives.
You need to choose suitable tank mates. Look at the skill level for each fish as well. Some fish are more susceptible to disease and mutation, making them a higher caliber of skill refinement. Some fish require very special care that some aquariums are not prepared to give.
Caring arowana If you choose a larger more aggressive fish, beware of the implications. You will need more water changes and you will most probably need to supply it with an assortment of live foods.