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Thanks for having me here everyone! My name is Bentley and I'm fron el paso texas. Right now I'm noticing some changes in my young silver arowana that's about nine inches. The fish is active and healthy and I'm not having problems with water chemistry. My arowana has developed darker scales around its back and uper body.. the tissue is healthy but his color change is happening at a fast pace and I was curious to why.

I've had this aro for a year now and its been a constant battle to get him eating anything other than live food.. he would rather go a month without eating than if he didn't have live food which is why in guessing he's only nine inches after a long year.

I know all of the rules of keeping them off a feeder fish only diet but its sad to see him hardly eat and not show any signs of growth, so this month I've been keeping a shoal of disease free feeders (shiners) and the fish is eating daily and keeps a full belly.. I've even noticed an inch or so of growth this month. Its obviously not a staple diet but can I offer feeders and pellet food 50/50? I just want to see some growth, he's the only fish in my 225 besides two 6 inch plecos. Any answers to my questions would be sweet!

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Re: Arowana Advice Needed

Eventually I always got my arrows to eat freeze dried krill.Very nutritous and easier then live.Try sneeking some in when you add a live fish.Possibly even use tweezers to move it around the surface and get his interest.
Got no info on color change,besides maybe he is black?Was he silver when you got him?



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Eventually I always got my arrows to eat freeze dried krill.Very nutritous and easier then live.Try sneeking some in when you add a live fish.Possibly even use tweezers to move it around the surface and get his interest.
Got no info on color change,besides maybe he is black?Was he silver when you got him?
He was bright silver all year until I gave in the past month and just started giving him the feeders. I hear of peoples aros growing ten inches a year, what can I do to make this happen? Is it true that live food does promote faster growth? Ill get pics soon.

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Re: Arowana Advice Needed

You can gutload his feeders by giving them the best possible care. My fish eat mostly live and some frozen. Most wont touch pellets or flakes. Your food is only as good as its food. You can vary the diet more by getting some insects to feed as well. I heard confused flour beetles are a nutritious snack every so often.

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Re: Arowana Advice Needed

I've been feeding the guy a fish they often sell at bait shops called shinners. I usually keep a dozen stocked in. his tank and they last three dsays or so. If I can keep him full of shiners, and maybe earthworms would this help him grow?

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Dont see why not. If you can get him eating some frozen as well, go for it. Variety is key. Most fish are opportunistic and thrive on what they can catch. Get him some crickets too and see what he thinks of them

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thanks for the info guys!

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Re: Arowana Advice Needed

Feeding your feeders well(highly nutritous food) is definately recommended.
The crickets are a great idea and would definately help in training him to eat the freeze dreid krill as both stay floating on surface.I would add a cricket(1) watch him eat it then add a piece or two of krill.Even do 1 cricket 1 krill and you will be able to trick(train) him.The krill always kept my arrows healthy and happy.



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My tank crashed! please help! here's the topic!
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