Many people often ask questions like "How often should I change the
water?" or " How much should I change every time?" Too much a change will
stress the fish and too little will result in the water having high
ammonia and nitrite. In reality there are no standard answers to these
commonly asked questions. Three factors, however, will have to be
considered when attempting to answer these questions; the efficiency of
the filtration system used, amount of food feed and number of fishes.
Since I have 1 Chili Red, 2 Cross Back Golden, 2 Freshwater
Stingray, 2 Australia Arowana and 3 Silver Arowana; I do my daily water
change 80% every time I feed my Dragons to maintain a good water quality.
I also use the following water conditioner after I changed the
water: Freshwater Pro Clear murky & cloudy water controller by KENT,
NovAqua instant conditioner & fish protector; PolyAqua professional
fish protector; AmQuel instant water detoxifier by Kordon and commercial
grade pH down to ease the stress of my Dragons.
The pH level of the aquarium water is recommended to be between (6.80
to 7.20). Extra attention is required to ensure that the water supply in
your area is specially treated. Too high or too low a pH value may result
in problems affecting the gills and fins of your arowana. Usually in the
community tanks the pH level should be in neutral (7.0).
It is a
good practice to check on the pH level of the water on a daily regular
basis. There are many types of pH test kits available on the markets. The
most accurate pH tester is the battery-operated device but it's costly, or
other test kits will do just fine.
I have the PINPOINT PH MONITOR
manufactured by American Marine Inc. to monitor pH level in my tank 24
temperature of the water should be maintained between 79 degree F (26
degree C) and 86 degree F (30 degree C). A healthy arowana can easily
withstand temperatures of up to 95 degree F (35 degree C) without any
adverse affects. A heater controlled by a thermostat is recommended to be
use in the aquarium so that the water can be regulated at the ideal
temperature for the fish.
I have 1000W AQUARIUM IC THERMOSTAT with
probe manufactured by AZOO and digital big screen temperature reader with
probe for my tank.
little salt (approximately two teaspoonfuls per 5 gallons of water) during
water changes can be helpful as this will keep the fish healthy by
stimulating its appetite. Therefore, promoting growth of the fish. Also
salt in the water reduces the risk of fungus attacks.
is very important because without the proper lighting you cannot fully
appreciate the true value of your Arowana.
The light source should
be placed at the front of the aquarium top. The reason for this is that
with the light source in front the light is reflected off the fish and its
full splendors can be viewed clearly from the front of the aquarium.
It is preferred to have the light source switched on for at least
eight hours a day. This is to encourage the color development of the
arowana. Sufficient light is required for scales to produce good, strong
and clear color development.
The ideal light source would be one
of a pinkish tone. Normally one tuber of the standard aquarium fluorescent
tube along the full length of the aquarium suffices. Other lights are
common types of filters are the under gravel filter, the overflow filter,
the internal filter, external filter, specialty inline filter, wet and dry filter, etc......
I find it that the
wet and dry filter is work best for my tank. I have 1 customs made wet and dry filter manufactured by TruVu for ultimate filteration.