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karthikesan - 2010-10-20
My silver arowana 3 month aged lost a anal fins. Is it re-growth able? Any other problem will happen for this loss?

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  • josue - 2011-07-29
    Feed it well and the fin will grow back. If you have other fish, check there temperment toward the arow.
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AjinkyaKulkarni - 2011-02-08
What is the minimum tank size required for two silver arowanas?

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  • josue - 2011-07-29
    Arows can get very big and it all depends on how big your arowana is. I have seen an 7 inch. arow in a 10 gal. with no other fish and only gravel, then latter on it died of stress. I think it was because the tank was 10 gal.
    Any way it depends on how big the arow is. p.s. it is not very smart to keep 2 different arow types.
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jayzak - 2011-06-20
For all the NOOBS out there(like me), if you put an arowana in a small tank (below 75) DO COVER THE TANK AT ALL COST because they love to jump with precision. i have 2, one is 3-4 inch and the other one is 5-6 inch. I have saved them 5 TIMES already, as in pick them up on the floor and put them back in the tank. the smaller one 4 times and the bigger one once, dont know its me lucky or they are but cover it up ASAP and cover it tight, my tank have only a gap of 2cm wide and 10cm length between the filter n the center bar but somehow they still jump out of that little hole... amazing.

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melva fessler - 2010-03-23
I can not seem to get my Needlenose fry to eat, they won't take guppy fry nor will they take brine shrimp. What can I do?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-03-24
    Needlenose fry? How cool is that?! How big are they? You could try squeezing a hard boiled egg yolk through a cloth or other types of live food. Check here for other types of food for fry.
  • motasem - 2010-05-29
    give them the tetra company food tetra min baby see it on the website below www.tetra.net
  • Dave - 2011-06-19
    Mine takes dead lancefish from a thin cotton thread suspending it in the tank..... Also broke his nose off swimming into the glass, he is fine, just has a shorter nose now.
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Laura - 2009-06-30
My lungfish is 12 yrs old now. He/she is about 1 1/2 ft. long in a 20 gallon tank. She still eats newborn rats and earthworms regularly. I got a tank divider and separated a small corner of the tank off and put in a couple of orange cichlids, two albino corys and a plecostamous. My 2 and 3 year old, whom are facinated and respectful to the fish and who help feed him, messed up the divider. I am left with one cichlid and the plecostamous. I just wanted another creature to look at. I've put bullfrog tadpoles in there for fun, but they can't handle the warm temperature that my lungfish enjoys. She has so much personality. She likes stalking the cichlid in the corner by staring at it even though they say he's blind. She also likes to rearrange the furniture in the tank sometimes by sucking up the quartz gravel in her mouth and piling it up in different locations. I use slate to make tunnels for her, but she knocks them down a lot.

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  • Reggie - 2011-05-29
    I wonder how do you know the age of your lungfish as they are not captive produced and there's not much demand for them to be farmed . But lets say it's 12 yrs old , it should be 4 ft + . If you recieved it as a baby , lets say 4 inches , it should be 1 1/2 ft at 2 yrs or sooner. As far as a 20 gallon tank , at 1 1/2 ft , it should be in a 75 gallon tank without a divider . I would recommend changing the gravel out to put Pool Filter sand or very fine course Crush Coral . I do not want to come across trying to offend you . I am trying to be informal so that you would have a much happier lungfish . One day these will not be available in the trade . I have two , a small one and a 3 footer , I love both more than any cichlid or catfish by far . Enjoy your fish !!!!
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krissy - 2007-04-30
i just got one of these awesome creatures and i must say i have never seen anything like it before. it is slowly cruising around the bottom of it's tank and 'climbs' up the side every so often to grab a breath of fresh air. he likes shrimp pellets because he's pretty lazy and doesn't want to hunt the feeder fish i got him. his fins are thin and he spins them around like legs to push himself across the bottom. he's lots of fun to watch and is extremely friendly. he even lets me pet him.

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keith - 2011-03-25
I just added a Asian needlenose gar to my tank and in the processes the tip of his bottom jaw was damaged and fell off he seems fine and is acting normal but I am wondering if it will affect his hunting and eating. The piece that fell off seemed rather small and he opens and closes his mouth fine. Please reflect your knowledge.

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josh - 2010-09-09
I have an african lungfish and I have him for two weeks and he has eaten really good for the two weeks but the last time I feed him he didn't eat nothing how often should I feed him and how long can he go with out eating?

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  • Joe - 2011-02-02
    I've had mine for a couple years now and mine usually eats about 15 feeders a week. Sometimes he's not in the mood for eating but rarely. When I got mine we named him "Stumpy" because one of his rear Legs I call it was just a stump.. But since then it is regrowing! Wow what an amazing animal. He's gone from 13" when I got him to an astounding 22 1/2" in just 2 years. I would love to produce a natural atmospheric to breed in captivity.
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Scott - 2009-06-01
I have one 12" silver arowana, two 8.5" black ghost knifes, one 4" gold nugget pleco, one 13" rope fish, one 5" tiger shovelnose x redtail catfish hybrid (which will be in a 6x8ft indoor pond soon). All in a 200 gallon tank 72"x24"x24" with .5" glass top 5/8", so it is 200 not 180 gallons. This is a minimum for one aro. The tank needs to be atleast as wide as the fish is long and two or three times the fishes length. Silver aro's top out at three feet in most tanks, so the bigger the better. They also need a 75% water change atleast once a week to mantain the water quality they need to live. That makes this type of fish not for a novice, but a fantastic fish if you can house and feed it! I bought my aro at 3" and in two months it was 1 foot long and still not slowing. They are supposed to start to slow in the one to two foot range I've heard. Best of luck.

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  • Jan Wong - 2011-01-31
    My Silver Arowana is about 20" long and approx. 4 yrs. old. I didn't realize that my tank was too small. I am debating whether I want to care for it anymore now that my kids are away for school. It's either a larger tank or to give him up. Any suggestions. I am also concerned because I was told that they die many times if they are transported at an older age.
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Lisa - 2010-05-21
Laura, you have a 1 1/2 foot SA Lungfish in a divided 20 gallon tank? I pray to god that was a typo....

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  • eric - 2011-01-31
    Yeah I'd get a 75 for that fish if not bigger!
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