View Full Version : Arowana Food

09-11-2012, 09:19 AM
I was feeding my 10 inch Arowana, Black mollies for about 2 months.
Right my my aquarium shop says that they are not having stock of mollies and have recommended gold fish as an alternate food.

The gold fish they have given is approx 2 inches in length.
I was skeptical to buy such a large feeder fish but the aquarium guy convinced me that a 10 inch Aro can eat a 2 inch gold fish.

So is it true that a 10 inch Aro can eat a 2 inch goldfish.
Yesterday I gave a goldfish and he ate it, but today he was not able to successfully swallow despite trying for an hour and around 30 tries.

Is it because the gold fish is too big or is he not hungry.

How often should I feed him my 2 inch goldfishes.

Any advice would be helpful.

09-11-2012, 09:55 AM
I hope you're not keeping him in the 10g in your profile.

09-11-2012, 11:14 AM
Nope he's in a 55 gal.
Will be moving him once he grows up.:ssmile:

09-11-2012, 11:25 AM
goldfish are not the best food for your aro. feeder goldfish are not very nutritious and they are usually kept in very poor conditions (where disease and parasites run rampant). there are so many better foods you could be feeding him.

there is a whole section in the sticky with a good variety of foods for him. sounds like you'll need an upgrade soon too. :11:


I moved this thread from the general aquarium forum into the arowana forum.

09-11-2012, 12:56 PM
I would try to wean him onto other food such as pellets or cultured worms while he is still relatively small.

09-11-2012, 01:24 PM
Well I tried giving him freeze dried shrimps, he spat it out.
So I guess I have to give him live food.

Its not something that I am willing to do but does starving an Aro for a few days make them accept pellet and frozen shrimp foods ?

09-11-2012, 01:56 PM
Try longer than a few days, like around 2 weeks. You only feed him the pellets he should be eating. If he is still not eating, give him some crickets on day 15 and start the regime again. Make sure you give him food that he can swallow. If you give him pellet food that he has to crush, then he will more likely spit it out. He's use to soft food right now, and pellets are really hard.

09-12-2012, 06:56 AM
you tried one different food and are going back to feeders already? I would give him some live crickets, superworms, and cut up raw market shrimp/prawn. try those.... aros rarely turn down those foods. you can always 'gutload' the insects or stuff pellets inside the shrimp for quality nutrition.