Arowana & Arapaima Species Profiles

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Arapaima (Arapaima spp.)

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Species Information

Scientific Name:
Arapaima gigas, Arapaima mapae, Arapaima agassizii, Arapaima arapaima, & Arapaima spp. Mamirauá

Common Name(s):
Arapaima, pirarucu, paiche

Distribution:
South America: Amazon River basin.

Description:
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Captive Care Guide

Average Captive Max Size:
96"+

Average Captive Growth Rate:
Age: YOY
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Age: Two years
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Age: Three years and up
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Suggested Husbandry:
Care Level:
Moderate

Pond Size:
~2,250 gallon pond (10' x 10' x 3' tall)

Suggested Aquarium Décor:
Rocks, sparse plants, & driftwood

Water Parameters:
  • Water Temperature: 75-86ºF
  • pH: 6.0-7.0
Temperament:
Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level:
Top & middle

Diet:
Carnivore

Comments:
Arapaima arapaima is believed to be the only species of arapaima currently kept in captivity.

References:

Fishbase.org:
Practical Fishkeeping:
Assessing CITES Non-Detriment Findings Procedures for Arapaima in Brazil
 

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African Arowana (Heterotis niloticus)

African arowana (Xander).jpg

Species Information

Scientific Name:
Heterotis niloticus

Common Name(s):
African arowana, African bonytongue

Distribution:
Africa: Native in all the basins of the Sahelo-Sudanese region, the Senegal, Gambia, Corubal, Volta, Ouémé, Niger, Bénoue, Chad and Nile basins and Lake Turkana. Successful introductions in the storage reservoirs of Côte d'Ivoire, the Cross, Sanaga, Nyong and Ogowe rivers and lower and Middle Congo basin, including Ubangui and Kasaï. Also introduced in Madagascar.

Description:
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Captive Care Guide

Average Captive Max Size:
24"+

Average Captive Growth Rate:
Age: YOY
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Age: Two years
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Age: Three years and up
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Suggested Husbandry:
Care Level:
Moderate

Aquarium Size:
240 gallon aquarium (72" x 30" x 25" tall)

Suggested Aquarium Décor:
Rocks, sparse plants, & driftwood

Water Parameters:
  • Water Temperature: 75-86ºF
  • pH: 6.7-7.5
Temperament:
Peaceful

Swimming Level:
Middle

Diet:
Primarily a filter feeder but can be trained to accept prepared foods

Comments:
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References:

FishBase.org:
African arowana (Xander).jpg
 

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Black arowana (Osteoglossum ferreirai)

Black arowana (Hao).jpg

Species Information

Scientific Name:
Osteoglossum ferreirai

Common Name(s):
Black arowana

Distribution:
South America: Negro River basin.

Description:
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Captive Care Guide

Average Captive Max Size:
30"

Average Captive Growth Rate:
Age: YOY
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Age: Two years
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Age: Three years and up
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Suggested Husbandry:
Care Level:
Moderate

Aquarium Size:
375 gallon aquarium (96" x 36" x 25" tall)

Suggested Aquarium Décor:
Sparse plants, plenty of open space, & a fine gravel substrate

Water Parameters:
  • Water Temperature: 75-82ºF
  • pH: 6.0-7.0
  • dH: up to 8
Temperament:
Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level:
Top

Diet:
Carnivore

Comments:
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References:

FishBase.org:
Black arowana (Hao).jpg
 

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Silver arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)

Silver arowana (Koji).jpg

Species Information

Scientific Name:
Osteoglossum bicirrhosum

Common Name(s):
Silver arowana

Distribution:
South America: Amazon River basin, Rupununi and Oyapock Rivers.

Description:
[Insert Description Here]

Captive Care Guide

Average Captive Max Size:
30"-36"

Average Captive Growth Rate:
Age: YOY
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Age: Two years
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Age: Three years and up
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Suggested Husbandry:
Care Level:
Moderate

Aquarium Size:
375 gallon aquarium (96" x 36" x 25" tall)

Suggested Aquarium Décor:
Sparse plants, plenty of open space, & a fine gravel substrate

Water Parameters:
  • Water Temperature: 75-82ºF
  • pH: 6.0-7.0
  • dH: up to 8
Temperament:
Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level:
Top

Diet:
Carnivore

Comments:
Silver arowanas are typically the most commonly available & inexpensive arowanas in the fish trade.

References:

FishBase.org:
Silver arowana (Koji).jpg
 

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Asian arowana (Scleropages spp.)

Asian arowana (Koji).jpg

Species Information

Scientific Name:
Scleropages aureus, Scleropages formosus, Scleropages inscriptus, Scleropages legendrei, Scleropages macrocephalus

Common Name(s):
Asian arowana, Asian bonytongue, dragon fish

Distribution:
Asia: Southern Myanmar to Malay Peninsula and Indonesia, eastern Thailand to Cardamon Range.

Description:
[Insert Description Here]

Captive Care Guide

Average Captive Max Size:
24"-28"

Average Captive Growth Rate:
Age: YOY
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Age: Two years
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Age: Three years and up
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Suggested Husbandry:
Care Level:
Moderate

Aquarium Size:
240 gallon aquarium (72" x 30" x 25" tall)

Suggested Aquarium Décor:
Rocks, sparse plants, & driftwood

Water Parameters:
  • Water Temperature: 75-86ºF
  • pH: 7.0-7.5
Temperament:
Semi-aggressive to aggressive

Swimming Level:
Top & middle

Diet:
Carnivore

Comments:
[Insert Comments Here]

References:

FishBase.org:
Asian arowana (Koji).jpg
 

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Jardini arowana (Scleropages jardinii)

Jardini arowana (Hao).jpg

Species Information

Scientific Name:
Scleropages jardinii

Common Name(s):
Jardini arowana, Australian arowana, Australian bonytongue, gulf saratoga, northern barramundi

Distribution:
Asia and Oceania: northern Australia and central-southern New Guinea.

Description:
[Insert Description Here]

Captive Care Guide

Average Captive Max Size:
24"

Average Captive Growth Rate:
Age: YOY
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Age: Two years
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Age: Three years and up
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Suggested Husbandry:
Care Level:
Moderate

Aquarium Size:
240 gallon aquarium (72" x 30" x 25" tall)

Suggested Aquarium Décor:
Rocks, sparse plants, & driftwood

Water Parameters:
  • Water Temperature: 75-86ºF
  • pH: 7.0
  • dH: up to 10
Temperament:
Semi-aggressive to aggressive

Swimming Level:
Top & middle

Diet:
Carnivore

Comments:
[Insert Comments Here]

References:

FishBase.org:
Jardini arowana (Hao).jpg
 

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Leichardti arowana (Scleropages leichardti)

Leichardti arowana (Hao).jpg

Species Information

Scientific Name:
Scleropages leichardti

Common Name(s):
Leichardti arowana, Australian arowana, spotted arowana, spotted bonytongue, spotted barramundi, spotted saratoga, saratoga

Distribution:
Oceania: Fitzroy River system of central-eastern Queensland, Australia. Introduced to a few other systems in southeastern Queensland.

Description:
[Insert Description Here]

Captive Care Guide

Average Captive Max Size:
24"-28"

Average Captive Growth Rate:
Age: YOY
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Age: Two years
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Age: Three years and up
[Insert Growth Rate Here]

Suggested Husbandry:
Care Level:
Moderate

Aquarium Size:
240 gallon aquarium (72" x 30" x 25" tall)

Suggested Aquarium Décor:
Rocks, sparse plants, & driftwood

Water Parameters:
  • Water Temperature: 75-86ºF
  • pH: 7.0
  • dH: up to 10
Temperament:
Semi-aggressive to aggressive

Swimming Level:
Top & middle

Diet:
Carnivore

Comments:
[Insert Comments Here]

References:

FishBase.org:
Leichardti arowana (Hao).jpg
 

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