Dyed Arowanas

Discussion in 'Advanced Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by Ping Pong, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Ping Pong

    Ping PongNew MemberMember


    I'm looking for someone who has knowledge on dyed arowanas. I have the option to rescue one for free, and I will be placing it in a 250gal tank, which may be upgraded to a bigger size down the road as the arowana grows.

    What I don't understand is that my LFS told me someone had dyed the arowana. Is this ethical? Are there complications that could arise out of this?

    It's a beautiful blue arowana, and I don't mind that the color is not natural, but what I don't understand is the concept of dying it, and if that could cause any issues.
  2. meyowmeow

    meyowmeowValued MemberMember

    From what I have read this is what the main issues are:
    Weakened immune system

    Reduced lifespan

    Stunted growth

    Eventual loss of colored dye (within a few months)

    Increased risk of infection.
    here is a good link:

    good luck with everything! I'd love to see pics if you get it :)
  3. OP
    Ping Pong

    Ping PongNew MemberMember

    It is unfortunate that it could have complications of that. I think I'm going to get it anyways since I can at least ensure that it will have a good remainder of it's life, especially since it's had a rough life thus far.

    Hopefully the lifespan isn't shortened too much. Will post pics tonight. Also, thanks for the share!
  4. meyowmeow

    meyowmeowValued MemberMember

    I think I would do the same thing - you didn't go out LOOKING for a dyed one but why not give it the best quality of life if given the opportunity :) I'd LOVE to see pics when you get it!
  5. Feesh404

    Feesh404Well Known MemberMember

    Is it cycled? Test the water also!