African Arowana. Availability?

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  1. TrevorR

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    I would love to own one, does anyone here know anything with regard to their availability here localy in SA?
     
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    Never seen one in the UK
    Prob best to go for one of the Asian species. Or a jardini
     
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    Is that the same thing as a nile arowana? And don't they get like super big? If you get one please post pics.
     
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    The biggest Arowana is the silver from South America. Asian Arowanas are very expensive, besides my water will suit the African Arowana. You can Google for pic's, there are plenty. I have never seen any available, therefore my query. They're not very pretty, so that's maybe why?
     
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    Jardini is from Australia
     
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    I've seen only one with my own eyes, here in Durban. Came in heavily infested with white spot, died in the shop the day after arrival.

    There was a shipment of two or three at another shop, years before that. I didn't see them because they all sold out nearly immediately.

    Long story short, they are available in SA. Not too expensive either - the latest one I saw (old white spot) went for just shy of R500, but was pretty small (less than 10cm). I believe that these are farmed to some extent in West Africa? I may be mistaken.

    Ask your favourite stores. They should be on the wholesale lists.
     
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    Must admit that i have never seen one at any LFS on our side of the world

    Being wild caught there is, as @SalmonAfrica has mentioned, a probability of them arriving infested with parasites

    I have also read that they are extremely difficult to feed and keep alive when small ( first nine months or so)as they are filter feeders and need a constant food supply and a good supply of algae when small
    They grow to 3ft
     
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    Very interesting, thanks guys! Arowanas are a very special and ancient species distributed all over the world and survived the cataclysm which destroyed the dinasaurs! I only want to keep African fish species now because of my water chemistry, therefore my hope to get an African Arowana. If any of you see one for sale; please let me know!
     
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    I have a 2500 litre tank, so size shouldn't be an issue
     
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    Not sure if that will be big enough, just did a Google search and apparently they can get to 1 m :eek: and I'm guessing would not be good tank mates for guppies.
     
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    The silver also gets to 1m in the wild, yes natural predators! In captivity it's doubtful to ever reach that size.
     
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    Silvers can get bigger than 1m in aquariums...... @Cesar's was nearly 1.1m....
    2500l should be fine but most important are the dimensions that make up that literage
     
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    2.5k l should be perfect for an African aro. They have a small throat and can't put on fat reserves easily when they're young which requires the constant feeding. I doubt many would get imported here due to lack of demand..
     
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    I would go for a silver if your tank is wide enough at 800cm or wider. Very majestic beasts and plenty of personality. Oh yes and weigh down those lids haha.
     
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    80 or 800?
     
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    sorry 80cm. They turn on a dime.
     
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    Yes, maybe not,:Aro's are not the easiest to feed
     
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    Sorry read the 2500 l as 2500 mm :oops:, what are the dimensions on a 2500 l tank?
     
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    It's just over 3m long and 80 X 80 cm. The tank itself is just under 2000 litres, but the sump is over 600 litres.
     
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    Unless you got a constant supply of daphnia don't bother with african Aros also water not really a problem you need them swimming in a shallow tank full of live daphnia for the first year .Very susceptible to eye damage as well .
     

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