Arowana fish have a wide and varied food diet and really anything that will fit in there mouth is considered food to them. But when we are looking after a baby arowana we have to be more aware of the foods we are feeding them. Personally I don’t recommend live bait feeding to a young arowana due to how susceptible they will be to disease and live bait is the biggest cause of disease spread among aquarium arowanas.
Here is the run down of food types that will suit a baby arowana whether it is silver, red or golden. I am classing a baby arowana as any arowana below 15cm in length. This size of arowana fish should be fed up to 3 times a day.
Frozen/ freeze dried bloodworms:
This is a very healthy and nutritious food for a baby arowana and its a food that is usually and easily accepted right from the start. This is good as arowanas are known as being picky eaters.
Also the bloodworms float for a period of time which will give your fish time to eat them.
Another healthy food that most baby arowanas will take to straight away. Make sure that it is baby crickets that you are using as the bigger crickets have a hard external shell that might cause intestinal injury in a young arowana. Some people feed the baby crickets carrots or other nutritional foods before feeding them to the arowana. This is another way to get extra nutrients into your baby arowana.
Freeze Dried Plankton:
This is another good food which contains a lot of carotene. This food also floats which will allow the young arowana enough time to eat it but just remember to break off the hard and pointy parts before dropping it in the tank.
If your arowana is eating well and seems content then you might try and introduce him to a stable food like a foodstick or pellet. Just remember to break the foodstick and pellets down for the arowana to eat.
Market shrimp can be fed to a baby arowana as long as it is cut down small enough and able to fit in its mouth. Just remember also to take off the hard shell/ skin and make sure that the shrimp is properly defrosted if frozen before hand.
High Quality Flake
Can be used to mix up there diet when young, but not worth using when they get bigger as it wouldn’t fill them.
The feeding of different types of foods to a baby arowana is very important as it makes them less inclined to reject different foods when they get bigger. Its also very important to feed a baby arowana at least three times a day as they grow fast but try not to over feed them each time.