Monday, May 22, 2006

Arowana Fish

This is the first time I'm seeing pictures of fishes being
born let alone Arowana fish. It is interesting.

The Arowana is also know as 'Dragon Fish' in the Chinese
community for its likeness to the mythical dragon. It is also
sometimes referred to as the 'Feng Shui' fish. They come in
various colours and are a beautiful fish to watch.

The Arowana can grow to a length of two feet when mature.

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  1. 1st time I'd seen pics of 'em being born. But the arowanas are commonly on sale at all the aquariums here; and very pricy too!

  2. I think the demand for them has pushed up the price. Is this the fish where 'numbers' appear on the scales or have I got it mixed up with some other fish?

  3. I think it is not born like that, just a way for the arowana to protect its kids..

  4. Anonymous12:00 PM

    I agree with you Robin. Haven't seen baby fishes were born like that. *^_^*

  5. Robin, PP, I have no idea, really. But look at the eggs. They seem to be inside the fish too.

    Perhaps an Arowana breeder or hobbyist could shed some light here?

  6. The arowana is a mouthbrooders. Mouthbrooders are animals that care for their offspring, either eggs or juveniles, by holding them in their mouths for extended periods of time. Many mouthbrooders are fish. Some species do not eat at all during this period; on occasion, more experienced mothers are able to simultaneously eat while holding eggs.

    Mouthbrooding is somewhat common amongst African cichlids, with mbuna and Egyptian mouthbrooders being examples.

  7. Hey Robin, thanks for the enlightenment. What a sacrifice some mother fish go through - not eating and all. Hmmm.... come to think of it, human moms go through sacrifices for their offspring too. A natural phenomenon?