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YJCoach
02-26-2012, 08:41 PM
My LFS has two great looking Aro's for sale that are both roughly around 8". Last week they were in the same tank together and this week they were seperated. The one that was moved to another tank has a very bloated stomach and seems to be swimming mid level in a tank with schooling fish.

My question is: What would cause a Aro's stomach to bloat like that and why would he be swimming mid level and not at the top like the other one?

Secondly, what should I be looking for health wise before I purchase one?

I know to make sure they eat before buying them, but what else tell tale signs should I look for?

Just asking these questions before I drop a ton of my hard earned money.

Any and all advice is appreciated.

Thanks,
Coach

Pleco380
02-26-2012, 08:45 PM
Check the colour and if there's anything that looks suspicious about his health. (ex. maybe he has a cut on his side or a funny looking spot). Make sure he's an active swimmer too. I have no experience with aros so I can't help you with the bloating problem. How big is the tank you want this fish in?

YJCoach
02-26-2012, 08:51 PM
Thank you for the response, Im looking to home the Aro in my 150 gallon tank at the moment. My wife gave me the go ahead to purchase a bigger tank and I know a 280 gallon tank is minimum for a Aro. I will have a bigger home for him in a couple of weeks, as I know their growth rate is out of this world. But Im just cautious about purchasing one from my LFS if the other one is not doing so good.

Demjor19
02-27-2012, 03:50 PM
Swimming mid-level isn't all that odd. The bloating could be a disease, or maybe it just ate a large meal? Keep an eye on them. maybe buy the healthier looking one?

ScottishFish
02-27-2012, 04:25 PM
+1 to Demjor19

Definately buy the heallthier one. How much roughly are they selling them for? They are mega expensive over here in the UK

YJCoach
02-27-2012, 11:52 PM
+1 to Demjor19

Definately buy the heallthier one. How much roughly are they selling them for? They are mega expensive over here in the UK
They are going for 60.00, Ive priced the same size Aro's at other stores and between the six stores they range from 50.00 to 110.00 so the prices are all over the place.

Crispy
02-28-2012, 12:37 AM
hard to say what the bloated belly could be. a pic would really help, but sounds like you already have your eye on the other one. $60 isn't ridiculous for an 8" aro. if he's eating well at the store, he should be ok. don't be deterred by a few ripped fins if there are any, they grow back very quickly.

FishMaster5000
03-05-2012, 11:48 PM
Hello YJCoach,
I can probably score you cheaper Arowana. If you are interested let me know. I am also in Las Vegas.

As for the Arowana,
the reason it could be swimming that low to the bottom is because of the pH. It maybe to high. Arow's need a lower pH. A 7 would be optimal. Also, the bloated Arow could have swim bladder disease. If it has gone down then obviously it isnt SBD =)

As the pet shop to check the pH. Usually LFS have high pH so the Arows wont last to long or they will sort of go crazy and jump out. In a home scenario, high pH will eventually cause the Arow to go crazy. It might not happen right away, but it is only a matter of time before they jump out or kill themselves trying to jump out.

Anyhow, let me know if you are interested in some Arowana.

Let me know if you have any more Q's re Arowana, I am by far not an expert but Ive had Arowana for many years!

YJCoach
03-06-2012, 01:10 AM
Hello YJCoach,
I can probably score you cheaper Arowana. If you are interested let me know. I am also in Las Vegas.

As for the Arowana,
the reason it could be swimming that low to the bottom is because of the pH. It maybe to high. Arow's need a lower pH. A 7 would be optimal. Also, the bloated Arow could have swim bladder disease. If it has gone down then obviously it isnt SBD =)

As the pet shop to check the pH. Usually LFS have high pH so the Arows wont last to long or they will sort of go crazy and jump out. In a home scenario, high pH will eventually cause the Arow to go crazy. It might not happen right away, but it is only a matter of time before they jump out or kill themselves trying to jump out.

Anyhow, let me know if you are interested in some Arowana.

Let me know if you have any more Q's re Arowana, I am by far not an expert but Ive had Arowana for many years!
Ahh man if you only you would have posted sooner lol, I ended up buying that Aro from Trop Aquarium this past weekend, the one with the bloated stomach wasnt there anymore so he either got sold or didnt make it. While I was there I asked the guy to feed him which he did and my Aro ate everything that was dropped into his tank. Hes acclimated to his new home pretty good, but Im still having high PH around 7.5 and its been like that for about three months now. Ive read thats its harder to lwer PH then it is to raise, any suggestions?

Demjor19
03-06-2012, 11:46 AM
Don't worry too much about your PH. I have had my Aro for over 6 years now and she is over 25" long. I have NEVER messed with her ph. Just do religous water changes and she will be fine. They do jump a lot as juvies, but they seem to grow out of this at some point. A good tip would be to keep some floating plants in the tank for added security.

PICS!!??

ScottishFish
03-06-2012, 12:01 PM
+1 to the pic request!

Crispy
03-06-2012, 01:04 PM
congrats. +2 for pics!

FishMaster5000
03-06-2012, 06:47 PM
YJCoach,
Your pH is ok. optimal is 7. but 7.5 is fine. The pH isnt as important with Silver because their color doesn't really change. Im just giving you a heads up. Ive had Arowana for a very long time, and I have had them jump out or just go crazy after 6 or 7 years. Not always though. But it happens. Right now I have a pretty large Arow, about 2.5ft or so. Ive had the Arow for about 4 years now. He hasn't tried to jump out. But I try to keep my pH and all water parameters as close to the their original living enviroment as possible. Im not saying to change your pH. Im just saying its one of those things that is worth a shot if they start acting weird. I paid a LOT of money for my Arows, so I try to keep everything as perfect as possible. Not to mention, I just love my fish so I will do whatever to keep them happy.

But by all means, dont worry about your pH if its @ 7.5

Do you use any other additives to your water? Aquarium Salt? Blackwater? Anything of the sort?

Well, to lower the pH isnt hard, its just that you have to do it gradually. like, .02 every hour or so. the Arows can be very perticualr about things like that. I also do 10% water change a month, but I break that up into 5% every 2 weeks. Anyhow, your Arow will be ok, they are very tolerant to poor water conditions and I am sure you wont let that happen anyhow.

Give your Arow crickets ... they love that stuff at that age. Mealworms are awesome also. I have feeders for my Arows, but I always toss in some crickets and mealworms to supplement.

I hope you guys dont think that i am a know it all. I am just sharing what works for me and hope you can use whatever I share to help you out.

If you can share any info with me that would be great also, Im always looking for other methods.

sirpreet
03-07-2012, 07:15 AM
+ 3 for pics request