arowana as a pet - anti-stress or stressful?

@neilchua (888)
Philippines
June 17, 2008 6:11am CST
I've been keeping an Asian Red-tail Golden Arowana for 3 years now. I can still remember the first few sleepless nights that i have just watching it. I was scared it might jump off even if the aquarium has a cover. That's the problem when you have an expensive fish in an aquarium with no experience at all. Oh it was really a headache. At first I don't know why the water keeps on turning green even if it has all the filters it needs and no direct sunlight to cause rapid algae growth. Well as months goes by, water became stable, water changes became monthly and that was it. now my fish is a 3-year old 24 inches long arowana. I feel relieved just by watching my fish swim.
3 responses
• United States
19 Jun 08
You do not say where you live but here in the United States of America, it is illegal to have an Asian arowana. Even the farm raised ones with chips in them are illegal. But i do agree that having a large "pet" fish can be soothing and actually cause your blood pressure to go down. I have several tanks set up and running and watch them daily. I am in the process of building a fish room in my work room to have 6 or more aquariums with 6 in the living room. I also have plans for the future to build a fish room in the garage with up to 100 aquariums. I like to breed fish and make money selling the young fish.
@neilchua (888)
• Philippines
19 Jun 08
hello oscar, i live in the Philippines so it's legal.:)
@redneon (24)
• Vietnam
17 Jun 08
Well, hi neilchua ! I think that you're very lucky when you have an red-tail arowana as a pet,because it's very expensive and exotic animal,too. However, I believe that fish can help us anti-stress when we look at them swimming in the aquarium. Even that's not a expensive one,I don't think that's important. Arowana is an expensive pet because it require a 'luxurious' tank,clean water and good food. But if you take care it carefully, it can bring "luck" for you,especially for Eastern thought! Good luck and enjoy your fish-watching !
@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
17 Jun 08
hi neil! well pets are good companions. they help us relax. however, for me, i think it would be good if the pet is low maintenance and i got it cheaply. if it is arowana and other imported and expensive or exotic pets, i don't think i would want that. you see, pets are living creatures and they are very sensitive. and we can't talk to them so we don't know what is wrong with them. if they die, my heart would go out to them, not to mention the expense. i don't really have that much to spare for pets' expense. so i they get sick and die that would be stressful for me. lol so i have opted not to have a pet. right now, i just have my computer to think of...and my hubby to take care of. hehe pets are for some people, but they are not for everybody. i would rather have plants. :) good day and God bless you!