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Old 03-31-2006, 12:59 PM   #1
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Arapaima Gigas

anyone own one of these monsters? I fell in love with this fish when I first saw it, truely remarkable, post your pics if you have any or your thoughts on a fish that gets up to 15 feet long and 500 lbs lol
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Old 03-31-2006, 01:52 PM   #2
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This guy makes Pacus look like guppies. I've never actually seen one offered in an lfs.
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Old 03-31-2006, 01:56 PM   #3
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I have a proven pair in my 10 gallon tank. They have really grown to their surroundings!

LOL just kidding.
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You too Prime? I have a breeding pair in my bathtub. They are doing remarkably well! j/k
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http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...fm?pCatId=1985 this is where I found them
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I have seen them offered at a LFS here in Phx before. They had two in a tank together (about 8 inches) and they were being offered for $250/fish. They were there for several months and eventually were marked down to $200. On a recent visit, they were gone so I don't know if someone bought them or what. I would always spend a few minutes admiring them everytime I went. They were extremely active and curious fish. Best kept in the wild if you ask me.
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I agree even though they are amazing I think they grow way to fast and with that kinda muscle some serious dammage could be done to a tank
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Not very many people have or would build a tank large enough for those monsters. I saw a few pics on another site a while back, some guy in CA had built a really huge floor-to-ceiling setup into his house, L-shaped, that holds several thousand gallons of water. Cost was way too much for the average fish keeper. He had a small boat to maintain the tank, said the fish, including an arapaima, had bitten holes in the inflatable rubber boat he started with.
A friend who owns an lfs had one for a while, until someone forgot to cover the tank after feeding. It jumped out during the night.
They would be a safe fish to keep with a few tiger shovelnose, at least the catfish wouldn't have arapaima for dinner.
The link to the 50,000 gal tank is posted on the forum, if you want to take a look.
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