Basically, there are three types of Australian Arowana; the Pearl, Golden Pearl and the Red Pearl Arowana, which is rarest of all. The Pearl arowana, scientific name scleropage jardini, is also called with several other names such as the Gulf Saratoga, Northern Barramundi and Australian bony tongue. It is similar to the Asian Golden Arowana and sometimes pass off and sold as one in Asia by scamp dealers since the Pearl Arowana is the next most expensive after it.
The fish is native to lakes and rivers of Northern Australia and other bodies of water, including streams, creeks, billabongs and swamps. They prefer parts of clear water where there are trees with overhanging branches. More so, they are also found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Characteristics of the Pearl Arowana
The Pearl Arowana is considered the most aggressive type among Australian Arowanas. It has a dark-colored body with large pectoral fins. The 7 to 8 rows of large scales has red or pink spots at the edge which is crescent-shaped. It can grow up to 3 feet long and weigh as much as 18 kilograms. This is a very strong fish which is challenging and worthwhile to fish enthusiasts.
Food of the Pearl Arowana
You can feed the pearl arowana with live small fish, but care should be taken because parasites or fungi can make the fish sick. It will also eat worms, crustaceans and other live insects. The fish can be feed with prepared or frozen foods like parts of beef and food pellets.
It is advisable to feed small amounts of food several times daily with variations to achieve the best growth rate. If the fish is already more than 1 foot long, it can be fed only once a day. Do not forget to clean or remove any fragments of food that are left uneaten to maintain a healthy environment inside the aquarium.
Taking Care of the Fish
The Pearl arowana should be kept in a tank that is large and spacious for swimming. Changing the water regularly and installing a good water filter system is essential to keep the water clean. Cover the tank with a heavy and strong lid to prevent the fish from jumping out. The temperature of the water must be kept at 24-29 degrees Centigrade, and water acidity should not exceed 7.5 pH. If you want to keep other fishes with the arowana, it should be done with common sense in mind as to not to overcrowd the tank. Large fishes such as catfish, Oscars, plecos, etc. can be ideal tankTags: strong fish, Northern Australia, dark-colored body, Papua New Guinea