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Mel1234 - 2012-09-17
I have just acquired a lung fish about 8 inches long. He is past the external gill stage and is going to the top of the tank to gulp air like a normal lung fish. I keep him in a large tank with plenty of hiding places (plants), temperature around 72F, slow moving water, mid-range pH, low to no ammonia, and a good filter. In the 1 & 1/2 weeks I have had him I have not seen him eat and am becoming concerned. He seems rather lathargic (not much movement at all), but could that just be his behavior? I have offered him dillies (small worms), fish flakes (sparingly, he ate 1 or two), and ghost shrimp and he does not seem to be eating. Has anyone on here cared for a younger lung fish and can tell me if this is normal? Any help would be appreciated as I am trying to provide him with optimal care.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-17
    Raise the temperature!
  • Mel1234 - 2012-09-19
    Thanks for the feedback. What would you keep it at? I had it at 78F for about a week, then dropped it to 72F because the few sources I found said they live in water 60F-80F or in the 70F range. I was worried I had his temp. too high.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-19
    These are a warmer water species, so a temperature of 78F is within their range of 75-82F. It may be that it doesn't recognize the foods your offering. You could try offering live feeders to stimulated it to eat as a more recognizable food source  along with the worms, and then offer shrimps once it starts feeding. Not sure if it will every be enticed to eat flake foods. Let us know how it goes!
  • Mel1234 - 2012-10-09
    Thank you for the help! Apparently he was just faking it. He has eaten the ghost shrimp from 20 strong down to just 6 shrimp in the tank. The front left fin, which was just a stump when I got him, has grown almost completely back. I foolishly assumed he was diurnal, but apparently they are nocturnal and he seemed lathargic because he was RESTING. Thanks again for the extra information!
  • ben - 2014-03-12
    Warmer. I keep mine at 78-80. Seems to love it. Also try frozen uncooked shrimp. Not the tiger shrimp. Stick to saltwater shrimp cause freshwater shrimp usually come from nasty water.
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mystery - 2014-03-12
Hey, I have a South American Lungfish. He/She is around 20' long. I realized that putting those types of fish in large tanks makes it more difficult for them to reach for air. Instead it makes them swim for it. The shallower the better. Worry more about the footprint of the tank instead. Wouldn't recommend hand feeding. Mine will try to take fingers. 'ALWAYS BE ON TOES OR LOSE THOSE'

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Poko - 2004-09-13
I just got an Afircan Butterfly fish a week ago. He is so beautiful. I have a tank lid that is suppose to be for a reptile(it is like a screen-like thing that covers the whole top) so there is no way my butterfly can attempt to fly.

Now, about dead fish. If they have not been out of the water too long, but still seem dead, there is a way to try and bring them back. If you can, try and keep the gills open by placing your fingers behind them. Then, with the fishs mouth open, put them under the water and move them forward through the water very fast. Keep trying this, and if lucky, your fish will be fine. This pushes water through the gills again, giving the fish oxygen and possibly regain conciousness.

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  • matt - 2014-01-06
    Or as I like to do, face them under the output flow of the filter.
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Lan Phan - 2005-07-15
I'm an owner of a custom 475 gallon aquarium dimensions are 72x36x43. It is used to house a five inch Malaysian Green Crossback Arowana that was recntly purchased two months ago. This is my second arowana that I currently own my first was a Asian Red Arowana from Thailand. The Asian Red had an array of a color that was extremely attractive to the human eye. I sold him to a man that lived in east Texas for $33,000 and was the most profit that I ever made on a fish that I sold. The paramaters of the water must be Ph 7.0, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, and Nitrate 0. Temp keep at 80 F. The aquarium has an overflow box in the center which is connected to a 150 gallon sump in the bottom that houses several bio media sections which will fliter out all impurities. Diet consist of fresh bay shrimp, pellets, and on occasion pinkies. Water changes are done bi-weekly with an automated R/O system connected in the sump itself.
If you like any Arowana of any species of this kind I would recommend starting out with the silver and working your way up.

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  • Ehren Swedberg - 2010-04-05
    It sounds like you have a bad ass tank. My tank is about 300 gal. in it I have a 36in. Silver Aro, 30in Aiapaima Gigas, and a 30in, Clown Knife. I would like to know how you got your hands on an Asian Red and how you sold it for so much money? I have been looking for some babies for sale for some time now but I am having a hard time finding them. I spoke to one guy a few years back and he told me he could get them for around $2,500.00 each, but I did not have the tank space at the time. Let me know if you have any info that may help out, Thanks. EhrenAR15@Gmail.com
  • Joanna - 2013-09-21
    There is also a pearl, that is actually a Jardini Arowana. These fish are more active and use the entire water column unlike their cousins the Silver Arowanas. Try using sinking pellets or pre soaking your dried shrimp. Once the food sinks a little and the current in your tank starts to move the food throughout the water column they will eat it. I have kept these fish before and they are explosive hunters! They are also notorious jumpers, so make sure your tank is well covered.
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colin - 2012-09-08
Hey guys, I just got a 120 gallon aquarium im planning on starting a small arownana. My question is how much can these fish grow in their first year and also can they be kept with aquatic plants such as anubuias, java fern and cryptocoryne??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-10
    There is no set scale on growth for these monsters. Depends on feeding amounts!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-10
    they can be kept with plants.
  • marc420 - 2013-09-15
    I have a silver arowana just over a year old and is already too big for my 125.
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famous kerry - 2013-01-03
Hello I have african butterfly to sell and anyother fish from west africa...long nose and others please contact me..kery4all@gmail.com

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  • gabriel garcia - 2013-07-06
    Hi, saw your comment, do you still have butterfly fish available to sell? I had one years ago in Odessa, TX, but moved several times. I would really like one today, got a tank ready, my email is at garciagabe85@yahoo.com.
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samiran roy,india - 2011-12-30
Can I keep a silver arowana in a 8ftx4ftx4.5ft tank?

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  • swapnil - 2013-06-19
    yes you can keep
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bob - 2012-11-05
I am super interested in the Protopterus genus, However I only have a spare forty gallon breeder. what I want to know if that is fine for a juvenile while I save for a larger aquairium.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-05
    These fish need little swimming area so that tank will last for a bit.
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Benny Moreno - 2013-05-10
Here is another big fish!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-11
    The Needle Nose Gar is a big fish, not quite as big as the Arapaima, but still good sized at 12 to 14 inches. The first time I got one of these, many years ago, I ddin't know what I was getting. (I don't do that anymore...lol) But I put a little 4 inch guy in my community tank with a bunch of small tetras and guppies. Well.... can you imagine what happened? The next morning this guys tummy was like a little bubble gum ball, and ALL the other fish were missing. Yup, it was my first lesson in the importance of learning all about a new fish before I buy it:)
  • Benny Moreno - 2013-05-17
    you are that wont eat other fish
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-15
So most story's are that they're aggressive? I WANT ONE!

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