Asian arowana

Often called the “dragon fish” because of its shiny, scale-covered body and its resemblance to the mythical dragon

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This beautiful fish is found in the waters of Southeast Asia, including countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia. The Asian Arowana has several types, each with its own special color. These include the gold, red, and green Arowana. Among these, the red Arowana is particularly prized for its vibrant color, which many believe brings good luck and wealth. This belief makes the Asian Arowana a popular fish among fish enthusiasts and collectors.

 Its body is large and streamlined, with scales that have a metallic sheen. These scales are so reflective that they seem to glow under water. The fish has barbels, which are whisker-like structures, on its chin. These barbels and the large, dragon-like scales add to its mystical appearance, making it a symbol of power and luck in many Asian cultures. 

One interesting fact about the Asian Arowana is its parenting style. The male Arowana is a caring father. After the female lays eggs, the male picks them up and keeps them in his mouth. He does this to protect the eggs from predators and to provide them with a safe environment to develop.

Caring for an Asian Arowana is not simple. They need a large aquarium with plenty of space to move around, as they can grow up to three feet long. The water conditions must be kept clean and at the right temperature and pH level. 

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Cambodia
2019
Indonesia
2019
Sumatera, Kalimantan
Malaysia
2019
Sarawak, Peninsular Malaysia
Singapore
2019
Introduced
Thailand
2019
Vietnam
2019

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No