Common name: Super Red Arowana, Asian Arowana.
Species name: Scleropages Formosus.
Maximum size: 90cm
pH Range: 5.5 - 7.0
Temperature: 24 - 30°C
Company: As juveniles its best if 6 to 10 are kept together, the same rule applies with adults, but be careful as some adult Arowana do not tolerate others of their own kind well. Besides keeping them in schools they can be kept with peaceful to moderately aggressive fish that are big enough not to be eaten and that will also most importantly not harass or harm your Arowana.
Aquarium setup: Super Red Arowana should be kept in a very large Aquarium or Garden Pond. They do grow to be large fish and so they will require large volumes of water. Be aware they can suffer from stunted growth and can die of organ failure if they are kept in undersized Aquariums. It is also critical that the aquarium has a tight fitting and secure lid that is extremely strong. Their tank should be placed in a low traffic area to keep the Arowana from getting frightened by sudden movements. Lighting should preferably be dimmed instead of suddenly turned on or off to prevent shock. Arowana prefer very clean filtered water and they do not tolerate poor water quality, so excellent filtration along with frequent partial water changes of 25% or more is required to keep nitrate levels low.
Note: They do enjoy a sand substrate and driftwood branches to replicate their natural habitat although this is not essential.
Breeding: Arowana are mouth brooders and are easily bred in large ponds, but difficult to breed in aquariums. The male keeps the eggs in his mouth for a month before the eggs hatch out. The fry then remain in the mouth for another two to three months.
The Super Red Arowana originated in Indonesia (Western Kalimantan Province). They can mainly be found in the waters of Lake Sentarum and the River Kapuas, and are one of the most popular Asian Arowana due to their beautiful red colorations. These Arowana have strong red colour against a contrasting base. Multiple colours will appear in the fish ranging from Reds, Purples, Greens, Yellows, Oranges and many more. They are very slow to develop final colour with their best body colour often not being displayed until 3 years or older. Asian Arowana are known to inhabit blackwater rivers, slow-moving waters flowing through forested swamps and wetlands, where adults feed on other fish, while juveniles feed on insects.
Arowana are often called “Dragon Fish” because of their enormous scales and long, chin barbels. When they glide gracefully through the water, their pectoral fins often spread out, resembling a dragon in full flight.
Super Red Arowana Diet.
As with all Arowana species the Super Red Arowana can be very choosy towards its food. They will go without food for weeks if their favorite food is not given.
There are several different things that you can try in small quantities. fish, shrimp, chicken breast and other easily available meats are great options. Live feed like small fishes, rodents, small amphibians, mealworms and insects are also good options. There are commercial pellets available on the market which you can use for the staple diet but you may need to introduce these slowly until the Arowana realises that they are a food source and does not refuse them.
Asian Arowana are considered an endangered species in the wild and are listed on CITES. Arowana that are sold by ASC are not wild caught, but are born and raised on fish farms here in Asia. All our stocks are microchipped and come with authentication papers that state where the fish was born, raised and the microchip number.
Super Red Arowana
Common Name Super Red Arowana Scientific Name Scleropages Formosus Origin Indonesia Max Size 90cm Community Safe No pH Range
5.5 - 7.0
Diet Type Carnivore Min Tank Size Large Temperature Range 24 - 30°C Care Level Moderate