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#1 Lui

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 12:34 AM

just saw my first Arowana today. he scared the crap outta me! x-x i went up to my lps to see if the manager was in(she wasn't. grr.), and decided to look around a bit. he was in the huge tank the Koi normally are in, and he was HUGE! he was stunning, but scary. i don't know jack about them, EXCEPT that they're scary! LOL i adore his tail, it's just so strange and doesn't quite fit with the rest of his body! how big could he get? and, what size tank would such a large fish have to be kept in?

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 12:57 AM

Well generally a one hundred gallon is a good size to start with. They are also superb jumpers so you need a very secure lid.

Edited to add that a one hundred gallon would be a growout tank. A one eighty or two hundred would be better. They're also carnivorus fish that do well on pellets, shrimp, feeder fish and the occasional piece of beef heart.

Edited by Nelson, 03 January 2011 - 01:08 AM.


#3 Lui

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 01:06 AM

i am in no way planning on getting one. o.0 they scare me too much, and there's no way i'd be able to house a hundred gallon in my ghetto home. >.>;

i read that they jump on Wikipedia. does anyone on here have any arowanas?

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 01:07 AM

Lot of videos on youtube of them eating giant centipedes? 20"+ in captivity.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 01:11 AM

O.O oh, goodness! i read they jump to catch birds and bats, so they're more terrorfying to me! x-x beautiful fish, though. gotta give them that.

Edit: i just made the mistake of watchign a video of some guy feeding his Arowana a live mouse. that poor mouse was harassed by the Oscars before the big Arowana chomped it. D:


>.> i'm such a softie.

Edited by Lui, 03 January 2011 - 01:15 AM.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 01:40 AM

arowanas are pretty odd fish, but very pretty; remind me of an aropaima(sp?) but the aropaima are much bigger and more graceful. my bf wanted an arowana but i told him theirs no way because that thing would have to take up my big tank and kill off my piranhas :( i <3 my little guys

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 01:45 AM

all fish that eat live things like mice scare me. ;A; i could never own one, cause i'd never be able to feed it!

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 01:48 AM

i have snakes that eat mice, and i really hate feeding them; but i basically put it this way to myself. if i dont feed them those cute mice; my cute snakes wont live anymore...and well my snakes are more important than mice. i feed my piranhas feeder goldfish and salamanders, they love it

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 01:58 AM

.______. that's why i don't have snakes. >.> or piranhas. they scare me anyways, piranhas do.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 02:05 AM

i got over a lot of fears that way; i was scared of snakes til i got my first ball python 9 years ago. i was scared of fish(yes i know stupid...but i got attacked by an oscar when i was little) until i got my first betta; now im in love with them. i even went as far as to get a tarantula that i didnt hold for the first three weeks i had it; and now im not scared of BIG spiders(the little guys scare the s*$t out of me) but i guess everythings a learning experience with me; and i assume most people. cause now i help people get over their fears; and give bad animals a fighting chance at a better name. thats my main goal when i become a herpetologist

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 02:21 AM

Oscars and other carnivorus fish like them just look scary, and i'm easily scared. >.>; as for snakes, it's not that i'm scared of them, cause i'm not. it's that i don't have the heart to feed them a live critter. ;A;

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 02:27 AM

im terrified of eels. their scarey with their wide mouths; but im happy with my bichir cause i can hand feed him and pet him even though he likes to eat gold fishes and guppies :( lost my hot pink guppy to him




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