If your idea of a good time is putting your pet on a leash and taking it for a walk in the park while calling it “Buster”, then big pets are probably not the best bet for you. If, on the other hand, you want to be slightly irreverent and supersize your pet, an arowana would be a good pet choice for you.
Sometimes called “dragon fish” (sans the fire-breathing show), arowanas can grow up to four feet long. They come in different colors ranging from silver to red. These are an aggressive bunch, but they get tamer as they grow older. Eventually, you can get them to safely eat off your fingers.
Arowanas are popular pets as they are believed to bring good luck to their owners. There have been many stories of the arowana “absorbing” misfortune from their owners. These owners often find their pet arowana getting sick after the owners themselves recover from a certain illness. People are also drawn to arowanas because of their captivating look which seems to put you under a spell. Merely watching them lazily swim around the tank gives you a relaxing effect, without you having to shower off that post-massage grease on your back.
So, how do you make your pet arowana keep its splendiferous shine?
First and foremost is their diet, as this is the biggest factor which influences their appearance. Pay special attention to what you stuff down their throats. The two categories of food given to arowanas are live and non-live food. The first one comprises of live animals and insects such as shrimps, worms, tiny frogs, and even roaches. Pellets or granules of dried animals or insects belong to the non-live food group. Centipedes are believed to enhance an arowana’s color the best. Other pet owners supplement this with vitamin pellets. Be careful not to overfeed you arowana though, as this also affects its color.
The physical environment of the arowana likewise plays a role in its appearance. Always keep their tanks clean, as the presence of parasites such as anchor worms and fish lice changes an arowana’s natural colors.
Take good care of your arowana, and it will surely bring you lots of good luck today and in years to come. You can now stop humming to that old Rod Stewart ditty, “Some Guys Have All the Luck”, and instead sing to Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors”.