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Mealworms as treats for Arowana

Updated: Aug 20, 2022

Arowanas are freshwater bony fish also known as bony tongues In this family of fish, the head is bony and the elongated body is covered by large, heavy scales, with a mosaic pattern of canals. Depending on the classification system used, there are 10 types of arowana commonly kept as pets; 4 from Asia, 3 from South America, 2 from Australia and 1 from Africa. Asian arowana is an endangered species and banned in the United States. It is a status symbol among wealthy Asian men. An albino arowana sold for a record price of $300,000 in 2009. Most pet Arowana are farmed behind high-security fences.

Arowanas are solitary fish and only allow company while young; adults may show dominance and aggression. Some compatible species often partnered with this fish are clown knifefish, pacu, oscars, jaguar cichlids, green terrors, gar, tinfoil barb, Siamese tigerfish, and any other somewhat aggressive fish that cannot fit in the arowana's mouth.

The natural diet of the three Scleropages species varies from fish, frogs, insects, invertebrates and even some plant matter, crickets, locusts, giant mealworms, and wax moth larvae. Earthworms would also be suitable.

Mealworms are healthy and nutritious for Arowanas. One of the common foods feed for arowana is the Tenebrio molitor larvae, also known as yellow mealworm. Mealworm in diet plays important role in nutrition of these fish. Mealworm is the foods that is healthy, energy and protein-rich alternatives. Dried mealworms are a protein-rich treat that will be welcomed by all wildfowl. Protein is important all year round.

Watch video of these birds enjoying mealworm:

Mealworms are nutritious insects that are high in protein and fat. They are a good food for birds, reptiles, fishes, small animals, and even people. Mealworms are the larvae of the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, also called the darkling beetle or tenebrio beetle. The larvae may also be called yellow mealworms or golden grubs, and they're pure gold for the birds that eat them. These insects are a rich source of protein that is necessary for muscle development

Mealworms generally contains nutritional values as per follows:

Live Mealworm Nutritional Values*

  • Protein: 21%

  • Fat: 12%

  • Fiber: 2%

  • Water: 63%

Dried Mealworm Nutritional Values*

  • Protein: 52%

  • Fat: 27%

  • Fiber: 6%

  • Water: 6%

*Approximate values (Proportion may vary)

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