Golden crossback is actually an Asian variety of the arowana fish. Apart from the yellow gold color base, there is also the blue and also the green based of the crossback variety developed by experienced fish breeders. These days, with extensive cross breeding program undertaken by hobbyist, there is even a special variety which is called the 24K fully golden colored arowana. What makes this one truly remarkable is the absolute gold coloration covering the whole of its body and a quick glance would actually have you thinking on whether the fish was actually been painted gold. The variety first made its appearance couple of years ago in Malaysia and Singapore and today, it is one of the top high quality fish that could easily fetch few thousands dollars, sometimes even more. Another variety of the golden fish is the red-tailed golden arowana. Although somehow it is considered a lower grade specimen commanding a fraction of the price you would pay for a crossback, nevertheless they still share the same level of attention enjoyed by all arowana hobbyist. Unlike the crossback, the red tail only has golden scales showing on the 4th and 5th level and hardly goes above the 6th level and you can see the tail fins appearing slightly reddish.
These days, buying a juvenile arowana is perhaps the best option if you can’t afford paying the price for getting an adult fish. Usually potential buyers in Europe will actually travel across the globe going to South East Asia where most of the highly prized specimen all resides in this tropical region. Some breeders are known to sell their stock of fish with accompanying certificates so that one can trace the lineage of their pets going back to its genetic traits. However, be forewarned because most arowana just like koi fish does not show its true potential until several years later in which males will take even longer time before they are matured. During this period, chances of undesirable characteristic appearing and imperfection may occur and it all depends on luck. As one would say, a perfect fish is only one in a million and that is especially true for the golden crossback arowana. Accompanying the article here, you will find the above combo pictures showing one of the high-grade crossback specimens projected at different angles with the snapshots provided by one of our readers. As you can see, it is indeed a magnificent work of art. (Note with the use of tanning lights to increase color intensity of the fish). Related topic: South American Giant Silver Arowana