Scientific Name: Osteoglossum Ferreira
Ease of Care: Moderate
Approximate Arrival Size: 7 to 10 inches
Approximate Full Size: 48 inches
Known Restrictions: Illegal to ship or possess in Florida, per state law.
Native Region: South America
This fish gets its common name of Blue Arowana from the blue sheen the fish has from its scale when under lighting. The blue is a pearlescent blue that reflects from the body as it moves, it is a natural color and as such it is not an intense blue. This blue starts to show at around 7 inches, and will continue to show more as it gets older. A graceful swimmer that spends much of its time near the surface, the Arowana will also jump, so a really good aquarium cover should be used. While it prefers live food, it will sometimes adapt to pellet foods when kept in the aquarium. Safe only with other fish too large to swallow, you should avoid fin nippers that might startle the Arowana causing it to try to jump and crash into the top cover. In the wild, the male will mouth brood the eggs for 50-60 days before it releases the babies that are already about 4 inches long.
These fish are only available a few times each year, and when we receive them we only get a few. Once you receive an email notification that these are available, order right away.
It is important to note that this Blue Arowana is the adult form of the black arowana. The Juvenile Blue Arowana we sell will not have its blue color yet but it will develop when it reaches maturity. The Sub Adult/Adult will vary in size and color development, it will have some blue showing at the least if it is 7 to 8 inches. The 10 inch fish when we get them will have a lot of blue, such as shown in the photo.
This fish requires a 350 gallon or larger aquarium to keep it for its entire lifespan.