The Mouthbrooder! Dragon Fish Arowana!
Arowana is a tropical fish believed to be auspicious and a symbol of prosperity and goodluck.They are also believed to become spiritually linked to their owner and protect them from harm. Its called the dragon fish because of its resemblence to a dragon and as chinese consider the dragon to be auspicious this fish also enjoys great importance due to its appearance.The first description of these species was published between 1839 and 1844 by German naturalists Saloman Miller and Hermann Schlegal, under the name Osteoglossum fermossum, although later this species was placed in Scleropages with the name S.Formosus. Arrowanas are found in different colors like red, green, blue, golden, pink etc.
I have read somewhere that these fish come from somewhat Jurrassic age!
Although Arowana is carnivores, they will eat nearly anything. A good healthy Arawona fish will grow upto at least 24 to 35 inches. some even 48 inches! The Arowana is a fiesty, aggressive fish best kept alone in the aquarium as they will eat any fish that fits their mouth.
Live fishes and shrimps can be fed to them everyday or alternate days but a baby Arowana needs to be fed three times a day.It lives longer than 20 years in captivity. In some countries you would need to obtain a permit to keep Arowanas as pets as they are an endangered species.
According to Feng Shui water gathers chi and is a source of yin energy, therefore to balance it with yang energy a beautiful, auspicious fish such as an Arrowana should be left to swim in the water.
This fish is believed to ward off the evil eye and preserves the owner by dying itself!
Arowanas require a large tank as they can grow really really big. In time this fish becomes tame and can be handfed by the owner. They can be fed mealworms, cricket, shrimps, feeder fish, small frogs and earth worms.
Care should be taken not to fill the tank to the top as Arowanas leap upto three metres above water and can jump out of the fish tank and die so the tank should be covered.
The most fascinating thing about the Arrowana is that it is a mouthbrooder,capable of carrying hundreds of eggs in its mouth and even after they hatch, the little fish live in their mother's mouth till the time they learn the ways of the world :)