African Arowana (Heterotis niloticus)

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African Arowana

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African Arowana

Heterotis niloticus


568 Litres (150 US G.)

90-100 cm (35.4-39.4")




6.5 - 7.2

298.15 K
77 °F
536.67 °R
303.15 K
86 °F
545.67 °R
25 -30 °C (77-86°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

8-12 years

Additional names

African Arowana, African Bony-Tongue, Heterotis Arowana, Stoneside

Additional scientific names

Clupisudis niloticus, Heterotis adansoni, Heterotis adansonii, Heterotis ehrenbergii, Heterotis nilotica, Sudis adansonii, Sudis nilotica, Sudis niloticus



Tank compatibility

This fish does not tolerate it's own kind. Will eat any fish smaller than itself but is non-aggressive towards larger fish. Keep with larger robust but relatively peaceful tank mates such as Silver Dollars or large Plecos.


A plankton and filter feeder and should accept most meaty foods like live worms, small fish, insects and shrimp. Some may wean on to dry foods, but not always.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics



It is a more of a brownish colour than a silvery colour, but as they grow older they get darker in colour. They don't have the upward mouth like the other Arowanas. They have more of a rounded head and no barbels on their mouths. They are very uncommon for sale but are cheap when they are found for sale.



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