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  • Scleropages jardini - Saratoga Jardini

    Saratoga Jardini Scleropages jardini & Saratoga Leichardti Scleropages leichardti


    Photo thanks to Bas Native

    Temperature: 18 - 27
    pH Level: 6.8 8.0
    General Hardness: Moderate
    Max. Size: 100cm
    Realistic Max. Size: 70cm
    Tank Size: 6x2x2+
    Feeding: Large high protein pellets/sticks, frozen or fresh fish/prawns, Live feeders
    Temperament: Variable, can be and usually is very aggressive

    About: Australias Arowana. They are beautiful display fish but as is typical of Aussie Preds they need to be kept alone. They often get along perfectly well with tank mates then suddenly turn nasty, inflicting massive damage in a very short period of time, even to bigger fish. Though Leis are a better option than Jars for attempting to keep with tank mates.

    Leis are much more slender than their Jardini cousins, Leis often get to the same length but reach only around the total weight of jars. Saratoga prefer to occupy the top half of the tank. These guys are known as jumpers so strong and heavy lids are essential.

    Expect to pay +$150 for a 7-8cm juvie. They are only available as juvies during the summer months. Saratoga are pretty fragile under 8cm so this is generally the smallest you will find them available at LFS.

    Hatcheries generally wont sell Saratoga to the public as it is considered primarily an aquarium species and they seem to have deals with wholesalers not to sell direct to hobbyists.


    Article reproduced with permission of the author, Paul Cuttriss (murrayman85). Many thanks for this excellent contribution.
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