What You Need to Know About Arowana

Asian Arowana and other Arowana fish are considered “lucky” by many people, particularly those from Asian cultures. This reputation derives from the species’ resemblance to the Chinese dragon, considered an auspicious symbol. The large metallic scales and double barbels are features shared by the Chinese dragon, and the large pectoral fins are said to make the fish resemble “a dragon in full flight.”

In addition, positive Feng Shui associations with water and the colours red and gold make these fish popular for aquariums. One belief is that while water is a place where chi gathers, it is naturally a source of yin energy and must contain an “auspicious” fish such as an Arowana in order to have balancing yang energy. Other mythological stories tell of many accounts where the Arowana can preserve its owner from death by dying in his/her place.

The Asian community strongly believe that these fish can increase the momentum of health in a generation, gather accumulation of wealth and neutralize negative forces. The Chinese always associate the fish with abundance and prosperity with the saying “nien nien yew yu” which means “seeing abundant harvests every year”. Because of its strong symbolic meaning, Chinese homes are normally decorated with fish ponds, aquariums, and art pieces. They believe this will make the family income “float”. The Arowana is known as the “living dragon” or “golden dragon” because it has scales of a dragon’s, where it is metallic, reflective and colorful.