We, different people with different backgrounds came together because of one simple but important thing: the love of fish. Sharing, showing what you have, what you know and what you feel about what you love is the best, don’t you agree? We don’t want us to be this small, we know fish lovers are huge and everywhere, so we want to share with you the best we have after countless quarrels, discussion about fish and we want to hear from you too, fish lovers or the ones who are going to fall in love like we did.
HOW TO START THESE AROWANAS KEEPING HOBBY?
There are few considerations you must think of and carefully examine before "jumping" into these hobby!
1. Do you have the time?
2. Do you have the patience and passion for these fishes(Arowana)?
3. Any objection from your family members?
Just think properly and decide very carefully as if you just do it on impulse, most slightly you will abondoned these fishes halfway through your hobby! So forget it! Let say you are one of those few who can managed time efficiently from career,family,love and hobby then you may proceed with these very exciting and challenging hobby of these Arowana keeping!
1). Hunt for a tank.
Recommended minimum size is a 4ft x 2ft x 2ft. Tips:-try and hunt for a second hand tank and must come with a top cover(wood cabinet).
1). Get a filter. If you can afford,get an external canister filtration system.Tips:-eheim or fluval brand is good enough.
2). If you can't afford one,get the overhead filtration system but be prepared for more maintenance weekly job!
1). Set up your tank with the bought filter(I'll used external canister filtration system as illustration).
2). Fill up the tank with tap water up to 80% of the height of the tank. Set up your external canister filter. My recommendation:-
(i). The lower housing use pre-filter ceramics and zeolite carbon for mechanical and chemical system.
(ii). The centre housing use bio-balls or bio-max normally supplied by filter manufacturers for Biological system.
(iii). The top housing with the foam for powerful mechanical filtration before entering the tank.
3). Run the filter and add anti-chlorine(read instruction on the dosage)and bacteria solution(cycle,ocean free,etc brand)into the water.
4). Now, there are basically 2 ways of cycling the tank:-
(i).By fishless cycle method. These method is useful and easy to be implemented. Buy ammonia solution(pure ammonia-liquid type)and induced it into the tank's water.Pour about 10 drips daily till the seventh day....check the ammonia level daily. You will see that the ammonia level will slowly rise and peak before reducing till zero reading thus indicating that the Nitrosomanas bacteria has established itself! At these point you will see that your Nitrite level will peak(normal)....just be it...it will take days as the Nitrobactor bacteria whose job is to tackle these nitrite has not established yet! Check daily till nitrite reading falls to zero. Confirmed check the ammonia and nitrite level to see zero reading....
(ii). Fish method...Buy some cheap fishes and introduced it into the tank. These fishes will urinate and excrete producing ammonia and the procedure will be the same as above but will takes slightly longer time to fully established your tank! Make sure confirmed ammonia and nitrite reading is zero(same as fishless method)...
5). Add black water extract into the "cycled" tank. DO NOT OVERFILLED!
1). Slowly "hunt" for your dream Arowana fish. May I suggest you if possible start with a RTG(Red tailed Golden)as not only it is cheaper but will turn quite outstanding once grown up and also if let say you failed.........sorry to say this! At least it won't burnt your pocket out!Remember this is your first ever Arowana fish that you have and mistakes might be common if you are not careful! But not to worry though as Arowana is quite a hardy fish and you can always get a better ones once you mastered the art