DRAPER, Utah (ABC4 News) – Aquatic lovers, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium has a brand new Amazon “giant.”
On Wednesday, the aquarium introduced a new 3 foot long, 20 pound Arapaima and joins another Arapaima that’s 10 years old and 7 feet long.
Marine biologists say these creatures can grow to 8 feet in length and up to 200 pounds when it’s fully grown.
One thing we can do to help Arapaimas is to not to buy one as a pet. Many people think it would be a good addition to their home aquarium, but they grow much larger than people can handle. If they were released in our local habitat, it would be an invasive species and would damage our ecosystems and biodiversity,” said Anthony Siegle, Curator of Freshwater for Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.