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$80,000 Arowana Aquarium Fish


Arowana command a high price with some even being "tagged" with an ID chip to prove authenticity. I've seen arowana being sold for a few thousand to even to the price of a small car. But this one is the most expensive fish I have ever seen....and being a fish lover, it's worth every penny...that i don't have.

One of the most photographed fish at Aquarama 2007 is also one of the show's most expensive - a platinum arowana with a mortgage-inducing price tag. The fish is an Osteoglossum species from South America, rather than the usual Scleropages from Asia, and is owned by Singapore-based Dragon fish breeder Aro Dynasty.

Unlike most Osteoglossum, this mutant is virtually white with virtually no other colours present, not even on the dorsal surface.It was recently offered for sale to prospective buyers by a UK arowana importer for more than £200,000.However, Aro Dynasty told Practical Fishkeeping Online that the fish is no longer on the market. It confirmed that it turned down S$80,000/£26,376 for the fish a few years ago.

This unusual colour variant appears to crop-up only very rarely, and as Arowanas are considered lucky in the Far East, the fish has a correspondingly large price tag. The fish measures around 40cm/15" in length, and looks stunning. It does have one minor flaw, though. The fish's right eye is starting to look downwards.

This is said to be a common defect in captive arowana and is believed to stem from their feeding mode in captivity, where food tends to drop past them. In the wild, they normally leap from the water to catch their food. One trade visitor told us that some arowana keepers are now resorting to cosmetic veterinary surgery for their fish to correct the problem if it arises.

Source: PracticalFishKeeping.co.uk

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40 Responses to “$80,000 Arowana Aquarium Fish”

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  3. Bob on August 23rd, 2007 10:46 pm

    Hey, I Have an Arowana, I dont kno what kind it is, but i’ve had him for a year, I dont kno how much he is worth, but im willing to sell. Anyone interested email me Badfish0014@aol.com

  4. saltwater aquarium guide on July 30th, 2008 9:10 am

    such a beautfiul fish , i can see why it would cost so much…

  5. Alan Plummer on November 7th, 2008 1:38 pm

    I have an arowanna fish that my son and I got when he was small.
    He is now about 24 inches long in a 125 gal tank. We need to find him a 300 gal. home.
    Anyone interested?

  6. eric on April 18th, 2009 5:26 pm

    hi alan i have a 400 gal fish tank i have a 15 inch arowana and he couldnuse the company.hopefully hear from you soon thank you….. eric

  7. BINCY on October 8th, 2009 7:35 am

    I want to ask you how many arowana i have to keep in my house. Only arowana in one tank or i can have other fishes in the same tank. If yes, what kind of fish and how many.

    Waiting for your immediate reply.

    Thanks & Regards


  8. san on December 18th, 2009 2:22 am

    I am a biginner of arowana fish hobby. I have just bought a pair of arowana and it is about 2 inches.please give me some advice or tips to keep my arowana fit and healthy,and that also what to do to make it grow quickly.

  9. steven on April 24th, 2010 4:23 pm

    Hey I have an arowana how would I tell which one it is. Also how long does it live for? And how much I could sell it for?

  10. iktiar hossain on June 3rd, 2010 1:18 am

    wow really good arona……i hv many arona and many sizes…8”-24”
    i wana sell them at verry cheap rate…if any1 want to see my arona thn mail me i will tag u my aronas picture…..thank you….

  11. sinil on August 1st, 2010 7:29 am

    i have an arowana fish …how can i identify its gender?

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  13. Jonathon on September 14th, 2011 1:04 am

    Please send us pictures of Arowana available right now which you have in your stock. We want you to give us the price at FOB & CIF (ICN Airport Korea).

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  14. Catt Marissa on September 26th, 2011 12:37 am

    to expensive, another people told me where to get these platinum
    and i has buy from there.
    only $4500 from there.

    no document need for receipt thats in canada here.
    yesterday package receipt it.

    thank you for beautyasianfish A++ for you and thank you also mrs Bernice

  15. Philip Mui on October 2nd, 2011 10:51 pm

    thank you cat and bernice.
    i am buying from beautyasianfish also
    and yesterday my package receipt

    fish come in very good condition, really nice packing.

    thank you the web owner and thank you again for cat and bernice
    many thanks also to beautyasianfish for platinum arowana

  16. Fatimah Ahmad on October 7th, 2011 1:45 am

    my platinum come yesterday and really snow white

    really fast shippment, maybe cause i am in brunei darussalam and the farm in malaysia

    goodluck for all your searching and hope they still have the stock

  17. ricksy heitz on February 1st, 2012 12:33 am

    hi, i have 1000 arowana fingerlings now in my fish tank. can you u give me tips on how i can breed them and the right food to feed.

    thanks ricksy, PNG

  18. Jackrey Engas on April 6th, 2012 8:39 pm

    I have a company which I have export licence ane I can export 15000 to 20000 fingerlings weekly, we have silver, green ang golden Arowana, I’m looking for a market to export.

  19. Jackrey Engas on April 6th, 2012 8:43 pm

    If your interested with my Arowana please contact me as soon as possible, we would start export by september this year thank you regards


  20. Chip Nathan on August 13th, 2013 8:31 am

    I’m an owner of a pearl 18″ jar. But he is mostly golden pearl with a cross back hump and he or she is been in my 6′ 150gal. Aquarium for two years and I’ve been feeding him four kinds of food .the fish is spoiled now so I have to feed the super worms hikari arow color enhancing sticks,but he mostly eats shrimp larger than cocktail about four a day then treats.but I’m just looking to see if I’m interested in selling him to an avid collector and a bigger aquatic habitat maybe five hundred gallons ….I’d sell him for twenty two hundred$ A special fish he is and very interactive you will love too see this guy eat out my hands……but he doesn’t like other fish ,the poor 2placos plus their 2feet long…..well if you’re a collector you can’t meet this criteria it’s no fish for you…..I’m taking offers for him ,it’s important that he has a better place for his spirituallality is remarkable and if he looks to me weird as a sign its not to be ……..such a person to own him must be interviewed! I’d rather donate him to the aquarium than have him mistreated money isn’t as important as prosperity in this fish has all…chipnathan@gmail.com. Only serious inquiries please!

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    I have an Malasian Silver Arowana fish length=26”(twenty six inch=0.66mtr.) ,I donot know what is its market price!

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