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Facts about Red Arowanas

Since maturing process of red arowanas is relatively long and red arowanas are highly chased, a lot of unethical practices have been used by traders and even some breeders to enhance the red color. These practices can be found in our Service Page online. Hobbyists should be aware of these practices to avoid being cheated. Besides, it is important for hobbyists to know that red arowanas, with thousands of fancy names such as Chilli Red, Blood Red, etc., are all the same. These names are just given by people based on their different red colors. These names are only suitable for adult red arowanas, and naming young red arowanas with fancy names is baseless, because red colorization is highly flexible before their adulthood. Development of the red color depends on the environment. And this can be decided by you, the owner of a young red arowana. Thereby, it is definitely unnecessary to throw more money just because of a fancy name, which you can simply develop by yourself as long as your red arowana is genuine (fake red arowanas¡¯ colorization is hard to control). To conserve this rare variety and to provide aquarists with genuine red arowanas, Panda Aquatic Centre chose genuine red arowanas as breeders at the start of Panda Red Arowana breeding, and insists on using our own Panda Red Arowanas as breeders. Today, Panda Red Arowana has become a symbol for ¡®Authentic¡¯ and ¡®Genuine¡¯.

Over the years, we frequently receive enquiries from hobbyists about Red Arowanas. One example of these enquiries is attached below with our response as below:-


"....I understand that you not normally pre-select fish for stores and wholesale, as you explained in your earlier email to me. I still have many customers asking for either a "Chilli Red" or a "Blood Red" or a "Violet/Purple Fusion Red". My customers seem to have been confused by all the names used by other farms.

My first question:- Would you mind choosing what you 'think' would be a chilli, blood, or purple red for my customers and then write it on the certificate?

My second question:- I believe that Red arowanas with some purple color in them when small usually cost more. Is my understanding correct? ...."

Our Explanation:-

"... You should explain to hobbyists that how a young red arowana develops under the care of different owners and depending on the environment, such as pH of water, frequency of water changes, frequency of feeding (do not feed so much that the body mass outpace the development of the fish color), whether it is kept together with other arowanas in a large community tank, etc, the color of the red arowana will be different. The terms "Chilli Red" or "Blood Red" can only apply in the fish after the young red arowana has been kept by the hobbyists after some time (at least two years old).

The way to make young red arowanas dark in color when young is by keeping them in very dark fibre glass tubs and to give them just enough food to survive (in short stunting their growth so that their body color is more intense). Some farms are famous for doing this and they even find ways to blind the young red arowanas in a manner that is almost unnoticeable because they know when the fish is blind it is surviving in a total dark environment and being chameleon-like in this respect the young red arowanas will develop very intense dark colors. Try this with the Banjar red arowanas and feed them with prawns, they will appear very red and it is months later that the truth is out. Our farm has a long established reputation for giving only what the customer is paying for and our fish are sold even before they can reach 5inch in length. And although we have receive many requests from our importers to do this because they are easier to sell, I always tell them how to do this themselves as I would rather sell them the fish the way we want to."

After the above explanation, we truly hope hobbyists could have a clearer picture about red arowanas and the truth hidden behind.