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Arowana Care – Differentiating Red From Golden Arowanas

Pictures of baby Arowanas show that all breeds of this fish are silver in color. However, some breeds are already exhibiting their natural colors during this early stage. If you want to buy an Arowana, you may find it tedious to differentiate which is original and which is not. This article will help you do just that. Still, it will be helpful to remember that not all Arowanas end up having their own colors in their scales. Sometimes, their scales produce that color for a fraction of the life, others are worse since their colors never appear.

To differentiate which is which, consider the following guide questions:

For a red Asian Arowana:

  • Is the fish allowing hints of pure red to appear in its upper portion? Is the color indeed red, or is it just a shade of it? Most Arowanas under this category are classified under two types, the Class A and the Class B. Class A’s color is deep red. Class B is a mixture of orange and yellow. Unfortunately, most Arowanas in the US are Class B.
  • Are the scales aligned in a naturally straight way? If not, that fish is more likely not a red Arowana. The true red Arowana has scales aligned in a proportional way. No scale is missing its place if you look the body of the fish. If you can find one, seek the help of the store owner to see if the disarrayed scale is accidentally done.
  • The mouth of an original red dragon fish is a bit pointed in the upper part. Try to check for this feature in the pet store and see for the distinct angle in the mouth of the fish. Just make sure that the Arowana fish’s is closed when you check its appearance.

For a golden Arowana:

  • The original color of a Gold Arowana is already present in its early age. Just like the red Arowana, the upper portion of its body is already tinted with the golden hue. As it mature, this color will spread into all the other scales into a decreasing intensity. The result will be a fish with diminishing colors of gold and orange in its body.
  • The scales of this type of fish are not the same with the arrangement in the red ones. Their scales are disarrayed, and their overall look is not that impressive. Still, when they mature, there is a great possibility that their look will change.