Warning – Don’t lose money. If you are considering buying an Arowana Fish it can be very confusing to know EXACTLY what to look for and how to tell if a fish is actually worth the money that the breeder is asking for. We at Arowana Fish want you to have the best information available to you before you part with any money. You need to be prepared beforehand and know what to look for.
Don’t spend $2000 on an Arowana that is only worth $200.
In the coming weeks we will be posting what to look at and how to determine the value of an Arowana fish. This will help you a great deal but if you are considering buying a fish for a lot of money, bearing in mind that Arowana prices can range from $200 to $250,000 then you need some more detailed facts. The posts below will give you a guide but if you are parting with a lot of money then I suggest you invest in a fully detailed book on how to value an Arowana.
The best book I have read on this is titled “The Arowana Blueprint” by Robert Khaw. He is one of the top experts in the world on buying , housing and caring for Arowanas. I just checked his site and he is offering a good deal at the moment where you can get his 3 best-selling titles for the price of one. Check it out here or click on the image below for a preview. I think it is retailing for around $37 which is great value if you are considering paying thousands of dollars in investment for an Arowana.
DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT BY SOME OF THE GREEDIER BREEDERS.
I have recently been sent some nice pictures of a young Red Chilli Arowana from Raghavendra in India. Now, Raghavendra sent me the following details on how he has set up his Arowana tank for his 8 inch Red Chilli.
“I have bought a Red Chilli Arowana (Rainbow farm) recently, its about 8inch in size. I have kept him in 30\” x 15\” X 15\” tank as off now. I kept my tank near a window where there is reflection of sunlight. I have one sponge filter& a small airstone as a mode of aeration, further I have a thermostat fixed at 28 degrees.”
If you click on the image you will get a larger photo and you can see the detail of a very beautiful young fish that has obviously been cared for very well.
Arowana Fish – Looking around (as I do) for all things Arowana I came across a great interview from back in 2004.
I thought my tanks were set up great but this guy has given me inspiration to think much more about the aesthetics of the plants.
Thanks goes to the ArowanaClub for this interview.
The combination of arowana in a beautifully planted tank require many hours of energy and investments being put into the aquarium and definitely command a lot of dedication to care for the combination of both aquatic flora and the arowana.
ArowanaClub talks to the 2 designers of their unqiue “arowana palaces”. We’ll start off with Vinz.
I have been looking around for a painting of an Arowana which I can put above the tanks in my Arowana room. I could not find any paintings but I decided to order a print instead. Ordered it today so cannot wait for it to turn up.
Here is a picture of it.
It is 20×30 inches so should look nice above my main tank. I got it on Amazon as I have been caught out before ordering off the internet for goods which never arrived. I only use big names now that I know will deliver. More expensive but not as expensive as the goods not turning up and wasting your money. Click on the image to check it out.
Arowana fish video – I have been looking around the web to find a video that demonstrates how important it is to have a sturdy lid on your Arowana Fish Tank.
I found this video that shows you how easy it would be for an Arowana Fish to jump right out of the tank if you are not careful.
For those of you who read my post about “Things to look for when buying an Arowana Tank” you will see I do warn people about having a strong sturdy tank cover. Since then I have had a few messages from people saying is it really that important. Well, watch this video and decide for yourself.
Listed below are some more tips on what to look for when buying an Arowana Fish.
Posture when Swimming
The Arowana Fish should be gliding up and down the tank effortlessly and when it turns it should be very smooth and graceful. Its body should be exactly level horizontally when swimming, if it is not and it is at a slight angle it could mean a swim bladder problem. The fish are nearly always in the top 16 inches of the tank, make sure it stays there. Watch the fish as it moves. Its head should be very still with just the back half of the fish moving at all. If the fish is displaying a jerky or a stiffness when swimming, this could be a sign of a sick Arowana.
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A common misconception is that it is very difficult process to setup up your Arowana tank, WRONG. All it takes is five very simple and easy steps. Follow along with me below as we go through the five simple steps Just leave the water to settle for a few days after fillin gthe fish tank.
SIZE does matter, well for Arowanas it does
48 inches are the largest Arowanas, bear this in mind when buying an Asian Arowana tank. You need at least four feet in length of tank for Arowanas, even small ones. If you get a tank of that size then you will be allowing space for the movement of the fish. You do not want to be changing tanks every few months (or even years) as a rapid change in the environment could actually kill your fish. Start right and you will have a happy fish.
Color of background
This is mainly for aesthetics. Choosing a dark color, for instance black, will really make the colors of red arowana stand out. A nice blue’ish background is better for golden arowanas. There is no evidence that suggests the color of the background effects your fish, it is purely for showing them off. Your Arowana does not care of the color as long as you treat it well.
Placement of tank
You have paid a lot of money for your Arowana Fish so make sure he is nice and high and on display. Around eye level is best so keep place them on something sturdy to achieve this. They are so majestic as they glide up and down that it really is worth the effort to show them off.
Please take notice of this next step as it is VITAL to the survival of your Arowana Fish. The life of your Arowana is at stake so dont miss out this important step. YOU Must place a heavy cover on the tank. It is VITAL. Arowanas are known to jump over 2 metres in the wild so make sure it cannot do that in your house. Enjoy your fish and let it have a long life by doing this..
Arowana Fish are from slow rivers, they do not need the water rushing around the tank. Try to use a small submersible pump to keep the water aeriated but not too powerful that it swirls the water around too much..
I will be back with more tips soon regarding your Arowana Fish.
In this post I want to give you a few tips on what type of food the Arowana fish can eat. It is important that you feed your Arowana correctly to make sure you bring out the best in them and stop them from developing any complications.
Arowanas up to 6 inches – three times a day
Arowanas from 6 to 14inches- twice a day
Arowanas above 15 inches – once a day or alternate day.
The actual size and placing of your Arowana Fish tank is of critical importance. You need to keep your fish healthy, balanced and happy so that is why I have put in a few tips about what to consider when looking at a place for your fish to live. Here are 3 basic observations.
A. The size of tank
Arowana fish can grow up to over 48 inches so it is important to get a tank with this in mind. You cannot just get a normal small fish bowl and expect your fish to be happy. Your Arowana needs to have enough space to swim up and down freely, not just when it is young, but when it is getting larger. The size of tank i recommend for 24+ month old Arowana is at least 3ft by 8ft. This will be enough to keep them happy for many years.
Depth of Color – If the whole body is colored the fish is generally worth more than if only part colored.
Definition of Color – The more striking the colors and the more unusual increases the value be it red arowana fish, silver arowana fish or even black Arowana fish.
How unique – Sometimes a deformed fish can be worth more believe it or not as long as they are still visually beautiful. If the deformation is ugly than it will decrease the value.
Dimensions – In general the bigger the fish the more value. Also being correct in its proportionate size is good.
Age – Young fish under 24 months will be cheaper as they will not show the defining marks above. It is hard to determine how they will grow and what distinctive colors etc they will have when they are under 24 months or 12 inches.
Marks on Scales – Any marks like sunburn, cuts and bites will reduce value.
These are just a few of the things that can determine an Arowanas price. You will have to be careful as prices can be anything from $200 to $300,000 each fish!!
According to Robert Khaw, author of the book Arowana Secrets Revealed, this is one of the major points where potentially people pay too much money for a fish that is not worth that much. I recommend you read the book, it is not too much money but will save you a lot in the long run.
You can get it here.
It is one sure way to make sure you have a long and fulfilling time with your Arowana Fish.
The Arowana has many mystical beliefs attached to it all through Asia. The “feelers” on the side of its mouth look like the whiskers on drawings of ancient Dragons which is why the tropical fish is sometimes referred to as the Dragon fish.
Now, in Asian culture the mythical Dragon symbolises good fortune, good luck, wealth and prosperity for you and your family. Obviously with the Arowana being linked to the Dragon the freshwater fish is also seen to have these mythical powers. This is one of the many reasons that the Arowana is particularly popular with Chinese businessmen as they hope that it will bring them good fortune in their life.
Another belief about this particular tropical fish is that it is said to be able to tell the difference between a friend or an enemy of the family. If the Arowana starts to thrash its tail when someone enters your house they are deemed as an enemy. The Arowana is normally a very mild mannered fish and quite placid.
The last belief that I will talk about is when the Arowana is believed to die instead of its owner. There are many tales of when a person has a near death experience only to return home and find that their Arowana has died at the same time that the owner would have died had the fish not taken the “death” for them.
It is very easy to see why the tropical fish is so popular with Chinese people with all these beliefs attached to it. If you choose to believe or not whatever happens if you are lucky enough to own an Arowana you will still have a wonderful and beautiful fish to look at and you never know maybe your luck will get better too.
Hello and welcome to Arowana Fish dot Org. My name is Vinny Lo and I decided to set up this site as a testament to the fish that takes up so much of my life. I will be adding to this site regularly so make sure you bookmark it and keep coming back. I will be adding articles on how to buy arowana fish, the various types (like asian red, Xback, silver, black arowana), types of fish tanks and especially important on how to care for these tropical fish. Obviously they are very expensive so keeping them happy and in top health should be your main priority. My Arowana fish are all nice and healthy and I have many years enjoying them but be warned, it not an easy job and you must know what you are doing. Hopefully by reading through my articles you will have a better understanding of what it takes to have healthy and vibrant Dragon fish, as they are also called.
I may at some stage add posts about the oscar fish, snakehead fish, flower horn fish and koi fish but in the beginning I will just concentrate on the Arowana fish. I care for many types of tropical fish but Arowana are my favourite and they are the ones I know most about.
I hope you like the site and it is very informative for you. Please leave a comment for me if you need any guidance or information. When you leave a comment it emails me so I will be back in touch very quickly.