$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 color 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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Bob August 23, 2007 at 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

saltwater aquarium guide July 30, 2008 at 9:10 am

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

Alan Plummer November 7, 2008 at 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?

eric April 18, 2009 at 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

BINCY October 8, 2009 at 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


san December 18, 2009 at 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.

steven April 24, 2010 at 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?

iktiar hossain June 3, 2010 at 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….

sinil August 1, 2010 at 7:29 am

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

Jonathon September 14, 2011 at 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).

Besides Arowana, we would like you to send us the list of other fishes available now.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Catt Marissa September 26, 2011 at 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

Philip Mui October 2, 2011 at 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

Fatimah Ahmad October 7, 2011 at 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

ricksy heitz February 1, 2012 at 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

Jackrey Engas April 6, 2012 at 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.

Jackrey Engas April 6, 2012 at 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


jibesh October 30, 2013 at 3:29 am

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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Amanda March 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

Thats crazy how much that Arowana Cost! I had no idea these fish could cost this much and be such a value to aquarium owners. I’m looking at buying my first arowana but don’t really know what species to buy so I’m a bit concerned. I’m doing some research on what a good species is for a beginner with a 125 gallon aquarium. This post really made me want an Aro that much more HAHA

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