Native to Southeast Asia, Asian arowanas (Scleropages formosus) are one of the most beautiful and most fascinating species of fish in the aquarium trade.
They are considered a Jurassic era species and have been around for over 100 million years.
These popular aquarium fish have special cultural significance in areas influenced by Chinese culture, giving it the name ‘dragonfish’ due to their resemblance to the Chinese dragon.
Asian arowanas are considered to be symbols of good luck and prosperity. This popularity has had both positive and negative effects on their status as endangered species since they are rumored to be the world’s most expensive aquarium denizen, selling for as much as $300,000.
If the rumors are true, then this guy might just have hit the jackpot!
The man visited the pet market and saw a beautiful golden Arowana which he immediately bought. However, after a few days, he noticed that there was something wrong with the fish.
It was clenching its mouth closed and was refusing to eat anything despite the fact that arowanas are extremely heavy eaters. The man got very worried and decided to check the mouth of the Arowana.
Upon forced opening, the Arowana’s mouth, a bunch of golden Arowana fry and yolk sacks came out, much to the man’s surprise.
Confused at first, he googled what they were, and he was very happy with what he found out. He’s indeed very lucky once the arowanas became full-grown.
Apparently, the incident is a very normal phenomenon. It is the unique breeding method of the golden aquarium fish. The laid eggs of the females are scooped up by male arowana known as ‘mouth brooder’ and hatch in his mouth.
The fry will begin to briefly leave the father’s mouth slowly increasing their exposure to the outside world.