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African Arowana
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Family: OOsteoglossiformes
Genus & Species: Heterotis niloticus
Common Name: African Arowana
Size: Up to 39 inches (100 cm)
Note: Should not be considered a home aquarium fish, young are sometimes seen for sale and caution should taken before purchasing. It is unfair to subject any animal to less than ideal living conditions.
Habitat: Africa: Western and central Zones, Chad and Nile river basins and Lake Turkana.
Min Tank Size: 120 gallon for young, public aquarium for adults.
Diet: Carnivore, Live foods, such as small fish, worms or shrimps.
Behavior: Aggressive to it's own species, OK with fish it cannot swallow.
Water: Freshwater, pH 6.7 - 7.5, temperature range, 75-86°F (24-30°C), dH range: 4 - 12
Care: Can be difficult to acclimate and Feed.
Communities: Cannot be kept with smaller fish.
Suitability: Poor, grows to large for the home aquaria.

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