Long Island Aquarium Receives 2 Foot Long Rescued Arowana

Osteoglossum bicirrhosum had been living in a cramped aquarium at a Japanese restaurant in Queens.

The Guardians of Rescue, a New York-based rescue organization that helps to free animals from bad conditions has stepped in and rescued a silver arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum) that had been languishing at a Japanese restaurant in Queens. The arowana, which measures more than 2 feet in length was housed in a cramped aquarium along with some blood parrot cichlid fish. From the looks of the Guardians of Rescue photograph, it appears that the arowana couldn’t turn around in the tank or would have trouble doing so.

According to a CBS New York news report, a woman who dines at the restaurant had been pleading with the restaurant owner for a year to release the fish. The woman then reached out to the Guardians of Rescue, who were able to negotiate with the owner to give the fish up. The organization then brought the fish to the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center in Riverhead where it will be housed in a much larger aquarium. The owner of the restaurant plans to visit the fish at the aquarium, the report said.

Sliver arowanas can grow to more than 3 feet in length. Natives of the waterways of the Amazon River, the silver arowana is known to be an aggressive eater and will eat most anything it can fit into its mouth. Sleek with a knife-like body, the silver arowana must swim constantly and needs a large fish tank. A covered tank six feet in length with a minimum 200 gallons is ideal for this species.

In other Long Island aquarium news, the aquarium today announced free admission on Fridays for Riverhead Township residents. The free admission, which runs every Friday during the month of November 2012, is in celebration of Thanksgiving Day. The aquarium will also be free on Thanksgiving Day as well.

“We want to acknowledge and express gratitude to our hometown,” Joe Petrocelli, owner of the aquarium said in a press release. “Offering free admission is just a small way of saying ‘thank you’ for the past 12 years.”

In order to avail of the free admission, Riverhead Township residents must show proof of residency and must reside in the following towns: Riverhead, Wading River, Jamesport, Aquebogue, Laurel, Calverton, Baiting Hallow, Northville, and Manorville.

The Long Island Aquarium features more than 100 exhibits, including a 120,000 gallon shark tank and is also home to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, the only marine mammal and sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation center in the state of New York. For more information, visit www.LongIslandAquarium.com

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