Food and Agribusiness

A lucky fish?

The Asian arowana is a freshwater fish distributed geographically across Southwest Asia. Certain varieties of the Asian arowana have become one of the world’s most expensive aquarium additions. Habitat loss continues to make some varieties of this slowly reproducing species endangered in the wild. An albino adult, which can grow up to 3 feet or more in length, may sell for $70,000 and some specimens have been rumored to fetch up to $300,000 or more. While not all are priced in the six figures, a young Asian arowana in Singapore could easily bring $300. This fish also requires a gargantuan aquarium since it is a strong powerful swimmer, can be fairly aggressive at times and can grow to weigh in excess of 13 pounds. When raised in captivity, it can have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.

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