Another success for C.E. Fish Essentials customer Gregory Day, who has become the first UK hobbyist to breed the Asian Arowana!
There is no more suitable day for a dragon to be born than Halloween (well, other than January 23rd 2012, year of the dragon), but anyway, I digress.. Yesterday was a tremendous day for UK aquarist and C.E. Fish Essentials customer, Gregory Day who now becomes the first UK hobbyist to breed the Asian Arowana (Scleropages formosus) in a home aquarium; equally unique is that the fish were raised from juvenile size in aquaria here in the UK.
Greg was able to capture this photo of the male taking the newly laid eggs into his mouth to brood
Greg keeps his aquarium, which is 8ft long, 5ft wide and 3ft high at a pH of 6.5 at a temperature of around 28-29°C and uses a mixture of HMA and RO processed water. Tank mates are 2 ‘ P14’ Potamotrygon sp Itaituba, 3 Potamotrygon leopoldi ‘Black Diamond’, 1 Potamotrygon sp ‘Pearl’ and 3 Mastacembelus erythrotaenia (fire eels).
After the successful breeding and survival of Asian Arowana at the Bristol Zoo in 2009 after 13 years in captivity, it is a fantastic achievement for Greg, who has managed to breed these majestic fish in his home after less than a year of dedication. We’ll be keeping our hopes high for success and will be sure to update all on their progress!