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An Asian arowana paludarium

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 15, 2015 09:00 AM
Asian arowanas are some of the most prestigious, sought-after fish in the world (and still illegal in some parts, including the USA). They're usually kept in spartan aquariums, but here is a small specimen in an unique setting.
An Asian arowana paludarium

An unique aquarium/paludarium

While this is a cool aquascape in concept, the execution comes up a bit short in our humble opinion.  For starters, mixing arowanas with discus is a terrible idea.  In the short 44-second video alone, you can see the discus are repeatedly startled by the small arowana; just imagine how terrified they'll be when the arowana grows up!  This would be a much more harmonious exhibit without the discus (or arowana).

The open top is also asking for trouble since arowanas are prolific jumpers.  The last thing anyone wants to see is a very expensive, endangered fish carpet-surfing.  The lowered water level in this aquascape reduces the chance of such a tragic event, but it's still a risk especially as the fish grows.

Still, the concept is very cool, unique, and worth sharing.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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