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Arowana prefer live food or at the very least floating food. They will not generally eat from the bottom of the tank. To this end keeping your arowana with a suitable bottom feeder may be a good idea to prevent the buildup of detritus in the tank.

Appropriate foods can range from:

Mealworms, crickets, grasshoppers, locus, garden worms, fly, small frogs, small fish, shrimps, beef heart, etc.

The food your arowana will like is very personal to the fish, so try lots of different things and see how they respond.

Some food help to promote color in your fish. Any food that contains ceratanoids will help develop red and gold coloring in your fish. However, it is recommended to always maintain a varied diet in your fish.

You can also feed live food on material high in carotenoids, i.e feed carrots or shrimp to mealworms and then the mealworms to the Arowana.

Feeding patterns effect both the size and colour of your Arowana. Overfeeding can make the fish grow faster but can adversely affect both the colour and the long term health of the fish. Since the size, colour and health is very important do not regularly overfeed any Arowana.

For small fish feeding once or twice a day until they lose interest is enough. From six to 12 inches, once per day is enough. Beyond 12 inches you can consider once every two days, or even less.

High protein foods are also often low in nutrients. Food such as Mealworms are similar to crisps for humans. They taste great but do not have high nutritional value, they provide ideal variety but are a poor stable food.

The best food is fresh fish from your local fish market cut into cubes. You may have to starve the fish for up to several weeks in order to train them to eat food that is not live. If you feed live fish then make sure they are properly quarantined and disinfected before feeding them to your Arowana. Other fish are generally more susceptible to parasites which can in turn damage or kill your Arowana.

Appropriate foods can range from:

Mealworms, crickets, grasshoppers, locus, garden worms, fly, small frogs, small fish, shrimps, beef heart, etc.

The food your arowana will like is very personal to the fish, so try lots of different things and see how they respond.

Some food help to promote color in your fish. Any food that contains ceratanoids will help develop red and gold coloring in your fish. However, it is recommended to always maintain a varied diet in your fish.