COLOUR CODED

The Peak (Malaysia) - - The Peak Expert -

There are eight species found around the world. The Asian arowana is unique for hav­ing nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring colour strains – un­like the rest of the fam­ily that have only one colour form.

RED GRADE 1 (RG1)

Com­monly known as ‘Su­per Red’, those of this grade have dis­tinct red coloura­tion on all scales and fins. They are also be­lieved to be the largest among all, in terms of at­tain­able over­all size and weight, and re­mains one of the most sought-af­ter breeds.

MALAYSIAN GOLDEN

This strain orig­i­nally hail­ing from Perak is also known as the ‘cross­back golden’ as the scales seem to ‘cross over’ the dor­sal side of the fish. Apart from golden scales, the fish also has gold stri­a­tions on the fins. This strain is the most pe­tite in size.

RED GRADE 2

It re­sem­bles the Su­per Red in the first three to five months of life, but the scales turn a dull brown, with thin pink stri­a­tions through­out the body. Of­ten passed off as RG1 by un­eth­i­cal arowana deal­ers, es­pe­cially in il­le­gal trad­ing.

IN­DONE­SIAN GOLDEN

Also known as the red-tail golden arowana. The strain orig­i­nally from Pekan­baru on Su­ma­tra, Indonesia, is dif­fer­ent from its Malaysian coun­ter­part in that it has golden scales only up to the fourth row of scales.

GREEN

The Green Asian arowana is not unique to a spe­cific lo­ca­tion and can be found in Thai­land, Malaysia, Myan­mar, Indonesia and Cam­bo­dia. They vary in appearance, with most be­ing grey­ish green, and the more sought-af­ter ones have pur­plish spots on the scales.

PEARL

Hail­ing from Aus­tralia, these are not clas­si­fied as en­dan­gered species and have two more hor­i­zon­tal rows of scales com­pared to the Asian arowana. This means that the cres­cent-shaped scales are smaller than those on the Asian coun­ter­parts.

SIL­VER

This strain from South Amer­ica is not a pro­tected species. They can be eas­ily distin­guished by a long ta­pered tail, and are one of the most com­mon and ac­ces­si­bly priced arowanas.

BLACK

Also from South Amer­ica, these have black scales and fins with white or yel­low stri­a­tions when young. How­ever they turn a grey­ish colour as they ma­ture.

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