overviewThe Arapaima Gigas is also known as the Pirarucu, and inhabits the waters of the Amazon Basin, South America. They are known for being the largest freshwater fish on the planet, achieving an amazing length of up to 15 feet in the wild. These fish were valued for both sport and the commercial fishing industry in the past until they were nearly fished to extinction. They are now being raised in captivity with a percentage of the fry being introduced back to the wild. They are a beautiful fish with tones of black, silver and gold colorations and a tail that resembles an eel.
The Arapaima Gigas requires a 1,000-gallon or larger aquarium with a fine gravel bottom, and plenty of swimming room. They are excellent jumpers and a canopy is a must. However, the Arapaima breaths through its blood vessel lined swim bladder, and must surface in order to breathe. Therefore, it is imperative that there is enough room at the surface of the water and a vented canopy for these fish to breathe. They are best kept in a wide aquarium and an almost square tank would be ideal.
A carnivore, the Arapaima will eat other smaller fish, crustaceans, chopped meaty foods, as well as freeze-dried ocean plankton, krill and pellet foods.
The Arapaima Gigas are infrequently available, and upon availability a cities can be provided for this species.
Approximate Purchase Size: 4" to 6"