View Full Version : Look who I added to the posse

03-01-2013, 09:02 PM
Picked this little guy up about two weeks ago. He still had a pretty large yolk sac, and while it is not recommended that arowanas be bought that young, I was confident enough to get it. All they need at that age is delicate handling and pristine water. The photos below are from this morning and the sac is almost depleted as you can see. This is the perfect stage to train him onto eating prepared food as you have some time to play with. So far he has been eating like a champ. He's had his fill of pellets and cultured daphnia. I left quite a bit of the daphnia in the tank so he can feed throughout the day.



03-01-2013, 09:06 PM
Hwo cute! I've never seen one that small.

03-01-2013, 09:14 PM
Indeed. At thise size they're cute, as two feet fish that's a bit lost.

03-01-2013, 09:29 PM
Our regular members should know that arowanas need very large tanks. This guy will be going into a 20 and then a 70 as he grows. I am building a 270 gallon tank for him in the near future that will be stocked with other compatible fish in the meantime. The dimensions are 72 long x 24 tall x 36 wide

03-01-2013, 09:56 PM
Aeon, I dont know if you read TFH in your country but I know there was a great article on keeping Arro's last month. An experoment I would try had I had the tank to do so is to put a powerhead at the top creating a massive current. They are said to grow bigger, faster and happier in this current.

03-01-2013, 10:04 PM
Nice looking little beast you have there. More photos please!

03-01-2013, 10:04 PM
I do know that people have prevented and cured gill curl with powerheads so I will definitely be doing that. Thanks Sandz

Thanks Firefly! Aros are beautiful fish once kept right.

03-02-2013, 04:03 AM
Very nice fish Aeon. I look forward to watching him grow.

03-02-2013, 01:07 PM
You should start a journal for this guy. Id love to read about his progression -- his growth, how or what he's eating and the evolution of his tank.

03-02-2013, 02:46 PM
How old is that arowana? And if they swam around in the wild with a yolk sac that conspicuously colored, wouldn't they be easier targets for predators?

03-02-2013, 02:49 PM
Im not sure how old it is exactly, but I've had it for two weeks now. Silver arowanas are paternal moutbrooders so the male protects them until the yolk sac is depleted.

03-02-2013, 03:03 PM
So for a young arowana to have its yolk sac it means that the male was stripped in the manner of African mouth brooding cichlids?

03-02-2013, 03:12 PM
Yes. Though most silver aros are farm bred nowadays.

03-03-2013, 02:58 PM
congrats! good to hear it eats well already. looks like a black aro. definitely keep us updated, they grow extremely fast.

you're gonna love aros. they're like puppy dogs once they get older and recognize you.

03-03-2013, 03:24 PM
Seriously sweet fish aeon! Glad you chose to raise one! I can imagine a year or two down the line you will have some serious satisfaction knowing you raised a cute little baby into a 3ft monster!

I wish you all the best with him!!! :ssmile:

Lady Hobbs
03-03-2013, 07:11 PM
Awesome little guy. Hope he makes it for you. Never knew their yolk sac was so big, either. Great photo showed that.

03-03-2013, 07:17 PM
Hobbsy... when I first got him the sac was 4 times bigger!

03-03-2013, 10:00 PM
Nice fish! It's always nice to hear about someone keeping them properly. The 270 should be a good size for him.