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MIKLOS - 2012-07-10
I agree with everyone these fish are freaking awesome i was blessed with a pair its been two weeeks an they have been fine until today when what i beleave to be the female attacked the other shook him like a pittbull for a couple secs

eva - 2012-03-02
These fish are amazing to have around and study, also. They are some of the more 'loving' types of fish. They can live for ages so if you want a fish these are the best! But you have to feed them live food (its uncommon for them to eat 'unalive' meat) for more info on these fish look at Dr. Jungles Animal World.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-06
    I really like this fish too, and I love the picture!
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thor - 2012-05-23
Awsome fish, i purchased one of these about six months ago from a local petco. They didn't know anything about the fish, they told me it wasn't aggressive and an excellent community fish...WRONG. although it is a top water fish it will eat smaller fish. I have a 55gal. community tank, I was raising lots of different fancy tail guppies, I had over 200 babies 48 different males and about 60 females. Not any more. In about 3 months I had 7 males and 14 females. It took me a while to figure out he was eating them all the first couple weeks I noticed my numbers dropping. Then I saw him. Man they are FAST. He can't fit the females in his mouth as easy. I fed him alot of crickets but it didn't help. again excellent fish, real beautiful and real aggressive.

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Zack risner - 2011-06-27
I have the same problem mine won't eat anything.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-11
    Try neons.
  • David Brough - 2011-09-11
    Try small feeder guppies too. Neons are a bit expensive, no? I'd give him a few days if not a week to get acclimated as well.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-17
    Check water conditions and temperature as well.
  • Ron Thompson - 2012-03-17
    Thanks for the info.
  • scott - 2012-05-12
    The gar family will play with food before eating it. Then they decide if they really want it or not. Can take several minutes. Also they often don't eat right away. Feeder fish can live in tank for several days.
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Bryan T - 2012-04-26
I had a South American Lungfish for about 2 years, grew to about 2 feet long but it died because it got stuck in one of those log tank decorations and drowned. It was horrible waking up early that morning and seeing his lifeless body stuck in that log. I have to say that if you get one make sure you have nothing they can get stuck it. But if it's already a foot and a half then you need at least a 55gal (probably more then a 100gallon).

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-06
    It would be so cool to have one of these fish. Thanks for the tip on keeping them safe.
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Ricky Garman - 2012-04-07
My freshwater lionfish laid eggs all over her aquarium. Now I hear they
can't be breed in an aquarium but I would like to try. How do I tell male and females? any info. would help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-06
    Wow, how cool is that! Not much known about how they breed. That's probably because being brackish fish from estuaries... replicating that environment has been almost impossible. Would love to hear what happens with your eggs!
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john - 2011-11-21
I probably sound like an idiot for asking this but why are arowanas so expensive? Can't someone just seletively breed them so there could be a 'dwarf' arowana that can go in a 20 or 30 gallon tank?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-21
    No question is ever a dumb question. I thought it was a pretty good question. These guys are large. Normally in breeding when breeders want to 'miniaturize' the breed (ie toy poodle), they breed together the smallest of the pups together. Eventually you have a smaller breed. I really have no idea if this can be done with fish or how it could be done. A particular type of fish (ie molly) are all pretty much the same size.
tejaswa - 2011-10-06
hi,i m tejaswa frm india (m.p. bhopal) .i m having a short body flowerhorn about 1 n half inch,rapheal catfish of same size,2 oscars of 3 inch in 25 gallon tank.nd i m planing 2 keep a silwer arowana of about 5 ques is that r the tank size is suficent or i have 2 inlarge it to how much??????pleaseeee heeeellllp !!!!!!!!

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-06
    Hello, for a silver Arowana, the minimum aquarium size you must have is 125 gallons. Silver Arowanas, can grow to be two feet long! Additionally, Oscars and Flowerhorns reach sizes of almost a foot in length! Rapheal catfish only grow seven inches, and would be too small to place in an aquarium with an Arowana. For a 25 gallon aquarium, I recommend a fish such as tetras, barbs, and danios! I hope that helps.
  • tejaswa - 2011-10-07
    I' m having 90 gallon tank,will it work???????

  • Josh - 2012-03-01
    The fish are OK sizes now but they will get a lot bigger in the long run. The silver arowana will 24 - 30 inches and the oscars will grow to be 12 - 16 inches and grow about an inch per month. 120 minimum but a 200 would be the smallest I would go.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-02
    Hello tejaswa. To start off. Not only is the tank too small; the Arowana at 5 inches will make a meal of the Flowerhorn. Arowana grow big and FAST and eat used about anything that will fit in their mouth. I would recommend a 150. The 2 oscars alone will quickly outgrow the 25 galoon tank. Good luck and I hope that helps.
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Matthew - 2011-10-12
Would an African lungfish live in a 55 gallon tank? Also, would it eat a Paddletail newt? The newt gets 10 inches long. Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-13
    That is about the smallest tank you can use. The smallest will go about 3 1/2 feet fully grown and they are carnivores - so yep will probably eat the newt.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-12
    A Lungfish, needs a minimum size aquarium of 125 gallons to reach its full size.
    Additionally, it is quite possible the Newt, and Lungfish would quarrel.
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MrJohnieB - 2012-02-11
I got one in at petco and not for sure what to feed it. I tried blood worms and for sure if he eat it. Could anyone help me out with this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-12
    Scroll up in this Animal World article and look at feeding. The Tonguefish is not a 'look for and eat kinda guy'. He is, 'It better be right on my head or in front of my mouth' eating kinda guy. So try putting the food - right in froont of his mounth or right on his nose. Scrool up in the article for feeding behaviors and suggestions. Good luck.

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