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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 3:12 pm Post subject: What other fish can I keep with Silver Arowana Reply with quote

 Hello,
 I  would  like  to  know  what  could  be  the  possible  tankmates  of  Silver  Arowana?
 The  present  size  of  Arownana  is  5  inches  and  it  will  be  kept  in  a  tank  of  dimmensions  40"(L)X15"Wx24"(H).
 I  don't  want  to  add  just  any  fish  and  find  it  missing  someday.    I  have  read  that  Arowana  should    be  kept  in  a  bare  bottom  tank,  but  to  me  BB  tank  seem  too  artifical  an  enviroment  to  house  a  fish.  Since  I  am  planning  to  have  a  substrate,  what  bottom/mid  level  feeders  should  I  keep  so  that  the  food  left  by  Arowana  can  be  taken  care  of.  I  feed  him  Beef  heart  mix.  
 Also  is  it  advisable  to  keep  any  critters  like  live  shrimp  or  apple  snails  in  such  a  tank.
 How  about  some  plants  along  the  rear  walls?  Oops  
 Please  give  your  valuable  suggestions.
 Thanks  in  advance,
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 15"  W  is  too  small  for  an  arowana...
 
 That  being  said,  fish  larger  than  1/3  of  the  aro's  size  "should"  be  safe...
 
 Inverts  are  a  no-no!!
 
 BB  or  not  is  your  choice,  depends  on  your  feeding/filtration.
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 puneit,
 Generally  silver  arowanas  are  not  meant  for  home  aquaria  unless  and  until  you  are  planning  to  afford  an  EXTRA  LARGE  Tank.    Australian  &  asian  aros  can  be  kept  in  5-6  ft  tanks  as  they  seldom  grow  more  than  1  1/2  feet.    But  silvers  can  easily  reach  3  feet  in  TL.    So  a  10'  long  and  atleast  3.5'  wide  tank  is  mandatory.    The  general  rule  of  the  thumb  for  arowana  tank  size  is,  the  tank  should  be  atleast  thrice  the  size  of  the  fish  and  width  atleast  1  1/4  times  the  size  of  the  fish.
 WRT  silver  arowanas  you  can  have  any  large  cichlid  and  if  your  tank  is  huge  enough  you  can  go  for  a  giant  gourami  with  it.    Oscars,  texas  cichlid,  severums  and  other  mildly  aggressive  fish  can  survive  to  be  good  tankmates.
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 Hi  Puniet,
 
 I  have  kept  atleast  4  Silvers  before  at  different  time  spans.
 The  first  Arowana  was  there  with  me  for  2  years.  This  aro  was  atleast  18"  and  I  had  it  with  6  large  Goldfish.
 I  used  to  feed  the  aro  with  Freezed  Blood  worms,  Hi-Red  Pellet,  and  Aro  Pellet.
 
 Never  did  he  show  his  aggressiveness  towards  the  Gold.  Rolling Eyes
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 Hi  Puneit:
 
 Well,  I've  two  setups...
 
 One,  a  Planted  Aquarium  6ft  x  2ft  x  2ft  (plenty  of  Driftwood  and  Rockwork),  with  Silver  Arowana  (2ft  now)  along  with  a  dozen  Angels,  2  fully  grown  Black  Ghosts  and  4  Red  Tail  Black  Sharks
 
 Other,  BB  Tank  with  Driftwood  (no  plants),  Pearl  Aro.  (8")  with  a  dozen  Platinum  Angels...
 
 Ensure  two  things,  keep  fishes  which  the  Arowana  feels  as  'No  Threat'.
 Secondly,  keep  fishes  which  are  very  fast  OR  fishes  which  doesn't  fit  to  Aro's  mouth...
 
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 Dear  Rahul  and  Madhu,
 The  Aro  is  with  me  and  the  new  tank  will  be  here  on  Sunday.  Oops    This  is  one  fish  I  wanted  keep  for  the  past  few  years.  
 A  larger  tank  can  come  for  it  as  it  grows  after  10-12  months,  lets  see  how  fast  it  happens.  If  its  earlier  than  that,  then  ofcourse  I  would  be  giving  it  away.  
 
 Vijay,
 In  what  tank  size,  did  you  have  this  fish?
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 I  dont  want  to  get  the  wrath  from  others  but  to  be  frank  i  had  it  in  a  3.5/1.5/1.5  tank.  I  know  it  is  small  but  never  felt  like  it  was  a  small  tank  for  the  aro.  The  aro  had  a  good  time  in  there.  That  is  for  sure.  Smile
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 Thanks  Vijay,  thanks  a  lot  indeed.  You  make  me  feel  very  good  and  relaxed  now.    :wink:      Very Happy  
 Can  Oscars  be  kept  more  than  one  in  the  same  tank.  I  can  go  for  2  no.
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 I  have  seen  Oscars  kept  with  Silver  Aros.  But  make  sure  you  select  the  right  size.  Because  if  you  go  for  a  bigger  one  now  they  might  try  troubling  your  aro.  And  if  you  go  for  a  smaller  one  you  might  loose  them  in  a  day  or  two.
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 Check  these  links  Puniet  it  might  give  you  a  better  idea  about  compatibility.
 
 http://www.arofanatics.com/members/edl/arrowandoscar/
 http://www2.wbs.ne.jp/~arowana/fujita/right.jpg
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 Thanks  for  the  link.  I  get  the  point.
   Since  the  Aro  is  juvenile,  I  would  certainluy  go  for  proportionate  sized  companions.
 As  of  now  the  Aro  is  in  the  tank  having  Melanochromis  auratus(6numbers)  and  till  now  everything  is  fine  and  peaceful.  
 First  day  the  Aro  tried  to  catch  them,  but  they  are  too  fast  for  him.  Soon  he  gave  up.  
 What  about  bottom  feeders,  any  suggestions  in  that  area
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I  dont  want  to  get  the  wrath  from  others  but  to  be  frank  i  had  it  in  a  3.5/1.5/1.5  tank.  I  know  it  is  small  but  never  felt  like  it  was  a  small  tank  for  the  aro.  The  aro  had  a  good  time  in  there.  That  is  for  sure.  Smile                

 
 yeah  you  can't  expecct  a  silver  aro  to  grow  to  its  full  size  of  36"  in  that  tank.  I  don't  think  anything  is  not  going  to  be  happy  if  it  does  not  reach  its  full  size.  It  is  always  a  happy  sight    to  see  full  grown  silver  aros.
 
 Oscars  are  definitely  not  my  advice  as  companion  due  to  its  varied  feeding  methods.  Oscars  eat  like  pigs  and  aros  are  slow  and  graceful  eaters.
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Oscars  are  definitely  not  my  advice  as  companion  due  to  its  varied  feeding  methods                

 What  species  do  you  suggest,  sir?
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 Hey  Puniet,
 
 Be  sure  they  do  not  pose  a  threat  to  the  Arowana.
 
 I  would  suggest  you  to  have  a    Bala  shark  or  a  pair  of  Tin  foils  or  a  Birchir  and  a  pleco  to  start  with.  But  you  will  have  to  house  them  in  a  bigger  tank  atleast  after  a  few  months  from  now.
 
 And  Venki  the  Aro  was  housed  in  a  6feeter  for  around  an  year  when  it  died  around  2  months  ago  after  a  waterchange.      Sad  
 That  was  my  first  ever  fish.  Crying or Very sad
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 yeah  you  can't  expecct  a  silver  aro  to  grow  to  its  full  size  of  36"  in  that  tank.  
                 

 True  venki,  but  not  always.    Arowanas  do  outgrow.    I've  seen  an  irresponsible  moron  house  a  silver  arowana  in  a  2  ft  tank  and  the  poor  fella  managed  to  grow  to  1  1/2  feet.    I've  also  seen  arowanas  growing  more  than  2  ft  in  a  3  ft  tank.    More  than  its  impact  on  growth,  smaller  tanks  influences  on  life  span.
 
 
                                                 
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 I  don't  think  anything  is  not  going  to  be  happy  if  it  does  not  reach  its  full  size.  It  is  always  a  happy  sight    to  see  full  grown  silver  aros.
                 

 Arowanas  seldom  grow  to  their  full  size  in  aquaria.    For  eg.,  a  silver  arowana  grows  to  a  size  of  50"  in  the  wild  but  seldom  crosses  2  1/2  feet  in  home  aquaria.    Australians  and  Asians  grow  to  around  3  ft  in  the  wild  but  rarely  crosses  1  1/2  feet  in  captivity.    Provided  with  balanced  diet  and  maintained  with  good  water  quality  they  can  be  happy  and  live  a  longer  life.
 
 
                                                 
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Oscars  are  definitely  not  my  advice  as  companion  due  to  its  varied  feeding  methods.  Oscars  eat  like  pigs  and  aros  are  slow  and  graceful  eaters.                

 I've  tried  oscars,  texas,  angels,  bala  sharks,  tinfoil  barbs,  queetzals  and  GTs  with  my  australian  arowana.    If  they  can  survive  with  a  jardini  then  they  can  possibly  survive  with  a  silver  arowana  provided  they  dont  fit  into  the  aro's  mouth.
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