Silver arowana for sale
Silver arowana for sale, also known as the Dragon Fish or Monkey Fish, is a freshwater fish indigenous to South America.
Renowned for its hunting ability and large size, this fish is one of the most iconic around and will be the prized possession of any hobby aquarist.
Whilst not generally recommended for beginners, this fish can make a fantastic addition to an experienced keeper’s tank.
The Silver Arowana is a bony, freshwater fish that is native to the South American Amazon River Basin.
Arowana are strong powerful swimmers, and can be fairly aggressive at times. They are a predator fish that can grow up to 4 foot in size and weigh in excess of 6kg. When raised in captivity you should expect an Arowana to have a lifespan of 10-15 years.
They also have the ability to survive short periods of time out of water, by using their swim bladder.
In general if you are looking for an Arowana, Silver Arowanas are the least restricted to import regulations and because of this are also the cheapest variant of Arowanas available.
Their huge size, precarious nature and long lifespan make them a fish that only experienced aquarists should consider.
General Behavior of Silver arowana
For a large fish they can be surprisingly skittish. Arowanas will get scared from sudden movements, for example when you approach the aquarium quickly, or turn the lights on.
You should make sure to keep your Arowanas in a tank placed in a low foot-traffic area. This prevents them getting startled each time you walk past the aquarium.
When watching your Dragon Fish, you will notice they spend most of their time swimming close to the surface of the water.
However it should be noted that Silver Arowanas are notorious jumpers. It’s been claimed that they can jump up to 3 meters high. They are most likely to jump when they are new to an aquarium or are placed in an aquarium which is too small for them.
When placed in an aquarium that is too small for them, they will repeatedly try to jump to freedom. Even if the aquarium is covered, they will still jump and can injure themselves when bouncing off the lid.
Habitat and Tank Requirements
Silver Arowanas are large fish and strong swimmers. They quickly outgrow most hobby aquarist tanks, and require a tank at least 250 gallons in capacity.
Juveniles can be raised in a smaller tank of 60 gallons, but will quickly need moving out into a larger aquarium.
If they aren’t moved into a large enough tank, you will quickly start to have problems with your Arowana, most notably body deformation and reduced lifespan.
The substrate should consist of fine, small gravel. The tank should be sparingly planted, and have lots of open space for them to move around in. If you like to decorate your aquarium, you can do so with driftwood, rockwork and sturdy plants. You should avoid plants with weak roots as they can be dislodged by Silver Arowanas.