Arowana - The Dragon Fish
Arowana is sometimes called as dragon fish because it has scales that is colorful, metallic and reflective. And therefore this fish is believed to be able to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck, happiness and wealth. You can also benefit from the charmed arowana by displaying pictures or images of it. Some people keep this fish in their office or home aquarium. Arowanas are very popular amongst businessman because they claim that this fish creates positive energy.
Arowana fish are considered capable of catching negative vibrations of an intruder, then it will alert its owner by reacting in hyper and aggressive manner (such as hitting the wall of aquarium, jumping etc). To some extent, the fish would also jump out of the aquarium to commit suicide so that negativities couId be diffused in exchange for its life. It is also said that the fish possess ability to stay focus and understand human language. If you have arowana fish and going to sell it, dont say it in front of the fish and let it know, the fish will jump out from the aquarium and commit suicide.
Arowana Fish in Feng Shui
Water is a beneficial and basic Feng Shui element, while both dragon and the fish symbolize prosperity, wealth and success. The union of dragon fish and water in an arowana tank is a good combination with a great deal of potential for producing positive effects. Not only that, the healthy, clean and clear aquarium adds natural balance and beauty to the surrounding area in which it is placed.
When placing this dragon fish, it should be kept in East, North or South-eastern sector of your office or home. Some Feng Shui masters also not recommend us to place arowanas in northwest and west areas as these sectors are both conflict areas. Placing your aquarium in your bedroom and kitchen is not recommended as this may cause money problems and illnesses.
In the aquarium industry, the Asian variety of arowanas is one of the most sought after fish and due to the endangerment in the wild, their protected status even makes them more expensive and difficult to procure. These aggressive fish must be specially bred in highly regulated, specialized farm. Come from the Jurassic age, some arowanas are capable of growing to as much as four feets. The most popular type of arowanas are golden arowana, red arowana, silver arowana and green arowana. The costliest amongst these is the red arowana.
How to Care For Arowana
In the wild, arowanas prefer to stay in shallow waters, shaded areas and near riverbanks. Therefore when keeping arowana fish in the tank, it should have no rocks or plants as arowana needs lots of space. Your tank should be at least 3 times the width of an adult size of arowana, and width the same as the arowana length.
Since arowana can produce a lot of waste material, it is important to check the aquarium for presence of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate at regular intervals. Arowana will prefer to stay in water with Ph slightly acidic between 6.5 – 7 (7 being neutral). The temperatures between 24 – 29 degrees, excessively high temperature can cause the fish to age faster and look less like arowana and too cold water might kill the fish itself. Tap water contains chlorine which will harm the fish, therefore remember to add dechlorinating water conditioner. A constant water parameters will be recommended for the arowana fish, a 20% water change twice a week is ideal although 25% every week is also acceptable if you are quite busy. Remember to add water conditioner and test the Ph levels to the new water.
Arowanas are carnivores, though will usually eat nearly anything. An adult arowana fish should be fed once a day, or even once every other day and small arowana 3 times a day. Arowana eats insects, prawns, fishes, small amphibians and worms in the wild. A young arowana fish is usually fed with small live fishes, worms and shrimps. Arowana prefers live food although it can be trained to accept other food. In order to avoid nutritional deficiency, a variety of food is recommended. Since arowana fish are very aggressive in nature, it is best to keep them alone in the aquarium. Often found swimming in the top part of aquarium, this fish is also capable of jumping to a good height.