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Red and Gold Arowana

Post by wolverine » Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:31 am

Hi guys,

(1) Do anyone can advise where in Singapore can get reasonably good red arowana at a affordable price?

(2) Red arowana seems to develop plj (protruding lower jaw) easily, how to avoid it?

(3) In term of aggressiveness, is red arowana more aggressive than gold arowana

(4) Is red arowana more "fragile" compare to gold arowana? If yes, what are the thing to take note when keep red arowana.

Recently, regain interest in arowana, and like to find out more particularly on red arowana.

Do advise.  Thanks.

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Re: Red Arowana

Post by wolverine » Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:35 pm

As i am in the hunting mood for red arowana.

i have contacted an exporter from Malaysia (Borneo side).
Not sure how real this exporter is or just some scam.
Hopefully, i am just over skeptical.

If anyone know a good Singapore farm for Red Arowana to recommend please advise me.

By the way, attached is the fish i suppose to get from the Malaysia exporter.
Nothing finalize yet. Keep my finger cross.
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Re: Red Arowana

Post by crossback » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:44 pm

This piece look good...
I always hear... Red aro,, must have patience
Red won't surface so early...

But nvr had experience with Red before...
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Re: Red Arowana

Post by wolverine » Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:27 am

Aside from patience, red aro tends to grow "protruding lower jaw (PLJ)" so can be quite disappointing if you pick your "perfect" fish at young stage and as it grows, the PLJ effect takes place.

i heard it easily takes 6-7 years to develop colour like those on the poster.

By the way, please be wary when dealing with regional farm that claim they can ship fish to your door step. Recently, i have contacted a few, but no real deal is close.......So i think it is still better to pick up (buy) from local farm. Smile.

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Re: Red and Gold Arowana

Post by wolverine » Sun May 08, 2016 3:41 pm

Gold Head Arowana........
Arowana price has been dropping in the past 10 years.  But the status of the majestic fish remain.
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Re: Red and Gold Arowana

Post by CarpCharacin » Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:49 am

I wish asian arowana were legal in the usa :(

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Re: Red and Gold Arowana

Post by wolverine » Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:32 pm

Yes, it is a nice predator fish, with a lot of character and manageable size to keep as pet in the tank.

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Re: Red and Gold Arowana

Post by wolverine » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:26 pm

To celebrate a good start of 2018, being a typical Asian, i decided to buy an arowana home, as auspicious ornament for prosperous new year ahead.

There are tons of article about selecting arowana... ....just do a short summary here.

Just like goldfish, the basic structure of the Body Shape is number (1) priority.

On general perspective of a beautiful body shape is to be broad and long in parallel.

Second (2) - Fin

All the fins in "at least" proportion to its body length and broadness.  Large fan-tail fin is desirable.  Slight bent or one long and one short pectoral fins are common defeat in arowana.

Third (3) - Colouration 

Again, it is like goldfish, the "bloodline" contribute over half the outcome of the colour developed.

Fourth (4) - Scales & Barbels

The scales must look radiant, bright and neatly arranged in horizontal rows. Scales edge has so called 'thin frame' while others 'thick frame'. It is a matter of personal preference.

Barbels often refers to the horns of the Chinese mythic dragon.  It is the symbol of "majestic-ness" of the arowana. It should be long and straight, upward pointing. The pair should also be identical, forming a "V" shape when view from top view as looks similar to the Chinese character "number 8" which means prosperity. 

Fifth (5) - Swimming Style

"Graceful" the way the goldfish swims carry a big factor when judging a goldfish.  Likewise, arowana swimming with an air of elegance is rather important, its movement radiate the overall aesthetic beauty of the fish to a great extent. 

Sixth (6) - Gill Cover

The gill cover should lay flat to the head, not overturned. 

For the last two factors to note, perhaps is the MOST common issue found in the recent arowana available in the market.


Seventh (7) - Jaw
***PLJ (protruding lower jaw)***(Especially a problem to Red arowana)
Jaw should be tightly closed, with the lower jaw align with the upper jaw. It is unpleasant to aesthetic when  lower nor the upper jaw protrudes out. Unfortunately, fishes with potential of protruding lower or upper law is hard to detect when young.


Eighth (8) -Eyes
Both eyes must be of the same size, must look clear and sharp, avoid droop eye as it affect the overall appearance of the fish. 

***Droop Eye Syndrome***
Reasons given:
* The eyes become “stuck” due to looking down for food.
* Fat deposits behind the orbits of the eyes.
* General poor nutrition.
* Inbreeding depression.
* Mechanical trauma.
* High general stress levels in the fish.
* Over-exposure to light.
* Keeping the fish in tanks with clear sides.
* Mycobacteriosis – fish tuberculosis.

I tend to agree with an internet article from Jay Hemdal.

Personally, i will vote the cause is due to "Mechanical Damage".  Fish get damaged when they hit the tank side, and their eyes droop as a result.  From the experience in goldfish keeping, perhaps genetic or inbreeding could also contribute to the cause of such syndrome.

Attached photo is my new "little" red rowana with my Barca Snakehead.

Cheers, and have a happy new year!!!!
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