Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:25 am Post subject: Help Needed - Arowana
Latest addition to my family is a Silver Arowana
He is all alone by himself in my biggest tank (80 inches). I wish to make this tank a planted Arowana tank sometime in future.
Now coming to the problem. This is the fifth day running and the guy has not eaten anything. He swims all over the tank freely (on the surface) but refuses to eat.
I tried feeding him with Arowana sticks, but he came closer to it, looked at it, sniffed at it and then walked away. As if telling me "what the hell is this? I do not eat this stuff".
It seems he does not even realise that, it is something which he should eat. He is around 5 - 6 inches long as of now.
My tank water is fine, with no Chlorine, NH3 = 0, NO2 = 0. Have not tested for NO3.
He is in a barebottom tank, with a bog wood.
I enquired at the distributor, who supplied me the Arowana, he proudly told me, that he does not eat anything other than Guppies
For obvious reasons I do not want to feed him guppies...So, friends, please tell me some innovative way, as to how do I bring him to Arowana Sticks??
Now if at all by compulsion, I need to feed him Guppies, how do I make sure, they are free from any pathogens. By looking at the guppies it is impossible for me to conclude whether they are ok, because these fishes are very active and they can survive with Pathogens inside them for a long time.
From yesterday night, the Arowana has become very aggressive, he tried to jump out of the tank twice and often splashing water out of the tank with this tail. As if getting desperate for food.
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:44 am Post subject: Re: Help Needed - Arowana
Generally all Aros you get from LFS are fed on guppies & other small feeder fishes. But that does not mean Aros stick to the same diet lifelong.
Aros love variety of diet so before switching directly to dry food you can start giving him small live insects like cockroaches, tiny frogs, crickets, grasshopers, bees etc.
Slowly you can switch to dry food like sticks & flakes by 'Starve & Feed' method.
Alternatively, you can breed guppies at home and use them as feeders if you are scared of parasital infection from outside feeder fishes.
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:04 am Post subject: Re: Help Needed - Arowana
Yogesh, thanks for the reply buddy
Live insects?? Ok.. does that mean, that anyway I have to take the risk of live food.
How do I breed/quarantine Guppies at home??
Splashing is happening mostly when I am around the tank, when I am passing by.. I noticed this yesterday evening for the first time. Today morning after I had worke up, while brushing the teeth, I switched on the lights of the Aquarium, was taking a close look at him, he splashed water...
This splashing is always with a heavy force...
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:10 pm Post subject: Re: Help Needed - Arowana
Breeding Guppies is no rocket science. You just need an extra tank & few guppies consisting males & females. The females will keep producing fry which u will need to raise on Brine Shrimps or Daphnias. Once they grow upto ideal size, just net them & feed to your Aro. Aro love eating live food than the dried ones. However Market Prawns are commonly fed to Aros for good coloration on its body, so don't miss MP in their diet.
Regards to its splashing, maybe the young fella is getting spooked by the movement in front of the tank & also with the bright lighting for the tank. Hope the lid of your tank is strong enough to absorb its banging. Let the young fella settle in for a while to his new home, he will be used to movement around the tank & also to the lights. Don't forget to pull out the plug of tank lights by night as fluoroscent tubes tend to flicker at night which spooks the Aro & it will keep banging the lid giving you nightmares.
All the best with your Silver Aro & post its pic if u can.
Below is the pic of my old SA which grew upto 18-20 inches & had to give away due to smaller tank size.
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:13 pm Post subject: Re: Help Needed - Arowana
I think its is not practical to feed live cockroaches,bees and etc...
It is easier said than done. Where will you get the cockroaches from?
I dont think there is any supplier in kolkata, who can give u a steady supply of live cockroaches!! Also how will you know that wild caught cockroaches will not contain any harmful parasites?! Feeding of cockroaches and other insects may cause great damage to your fish.
Next is goldfish. I should say advise you not feed goldies, since it will be too much cruel to look at! Yes as a goldfish keeper i shudder to think that someone is feeding goldfish to some other fish. There are people who will say that in nature such cruelty do take place. But to them my reply is that, what happens in nature is controlled by Almighty God. But what you are doing in your aquarium is not an act of God. So kindly desist from feeding goldies. Also regular goldfish feeding will cost you a lot. And finally feeding anything live has its obvious disadvantage.
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:20 pm Post subject: Re: Help Needed - Arowana
i forgot to address your main concern.
Your main concern is that your arowana is not eating. It is not eating right now because:
1. It is suddenly at a new place.
2. Sudden change in water chemistry. Because i am sure that water in your aquarium is not the same as that of your LFS, even if it is supplied by the same municipality.
3. Sudden change in outside tank environment.
4. It is most probably fed only on live guppies. And it doesn't consider anything but live guppies as its food.
5. It is yet to trust you enough.
What you should do:
If no option is left, then start feeding live guppies. And try build the trust. So that your fish doesn't hide behind the bog wood whenever it sees you near the tank. Slowly it will start equating you with food. And then you should try to feed it dry food like arowana sticks. The whole process may take more than a months time. So don't loose patience.
Finally, Happy Fish Keeping.
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Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:12 pm Post subject: Re: Help Needed - Arowana
Do NOT worry. Its just because of a change of environment and maybe change of food. Keep putting a few arowana pellets and remove all uneaten food after a few hours. Sooner or later it WILL eat. My Jardini fasted for 2 weeks before it started eating Arowana pellets. Once every 3 to 4 months it goes on a hunger strike for almost 3 to 4 weeks and then resumes eating as if nothing happened. So far it is growing nery well and is healthy and active.
I think its is not practical to feed live cockroaches,bees and etc...
It is easier said than done. Where will you get the cockroaches from? Â
I dont think there is any supplier in kolkata, who can give u a steady supply of live cockroaches!!
Well, your kitchen is the best place to source cockroaches.
You are so concerned about cockroaches....just browse youtube and you will be amazed to see small chicken, duck, rats and even snakes being fed to Arowanas.
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:26 pm Post subject: Re: Help Needed - Arowana
Yogesh buddy.... My kitchen has no cockroaches, because every two weeks, I have pest control in all over my house, except the aquarium rooms....
so no cockroaches... but yes you are right, I have seen videos in You tube, wherein even lizards are fed to Arowana...
but for now, let me keep trying Arowana sticks, MP and guppy for the initial few days..
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