Chinese Arowana

The Chinese Arowana - Scleropages Formosus, also known as the Chinese Dragonfish, like all arowanas is a freshwater scaled fish. Fo the Chinese, red is a lucky colour, so generally when people refer to a Chinese Arowana, they are meaning specifically a Red Asian Arowana. Common mispellings are Chinese Arrowana or Chinese Arawana. Often growing up to three feet in length, these fish can be both challenging and rewarding to the aquarium enthusiast. The availability of Chinese Arowanas for sale varies from country to country, as will Chinese Arowana prices. Check the arowana photo gallery for pictures of Chinese Arownas.

One major concern with buying arowanas is that not all arowanas can be purchased legally. Arowana breeding is common in many Asian countries. Breeding usually takes place in large fish breeding pools or breeding ponds as arowanas will not reproduce in an aquarium. Currently, CITES has listed the Asian Arowana as an endangered species. While it is legal in some countries to buy and sell captive bred Asian arowanas, in other countries such as the US, it is not. Other species of arowana are generally no problem to purchase, and cost less, yet can still be just as fulfilling pets and excellent aquarium fish. See Asian Arowana for more information.

Of the three types of Asian Arowana, the Red Asian Arowana is the most valuable and prized specimen of these magnificent dragonfish. Red Arowanas are especially desired in China, where red is a luck color and the belief that these fish can bring good fortune is widespread. For the Cantonese, the lucky trait falls to the Green Arowana. It is common to see Red Asian Arowanas for sale for prices upwards of $9,000 and in some cases, these arowanas have been sold for prices in the range of $80,000.

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