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February 4, 2012

Fish a good luck charm and symbol of prosperity

By WANI MUTHIAH and EDMUND NGO
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: Many, including overseas buyers, regard the Malaysian golden arowana as a good luck charm and symbol of prosperity.

The popularity of the breed hit the roof in the Year of the Dragon.

“Since the species is also known as the dragon fish, many want to have it in their houses for luck and prosperity,” said arowana breeder Tang Pek Sin.

She said agents, pet shop owners and breeders from Thailand, Brunei, Singapore and Hong Kong also came to Malaysia to buy the fish for their clients.

Pricey Hatching - Arowana
Pricey hatchlings: Neoh inspecting fry that was harvested for the day at his farm in Bukit Merah, Perak.

Tang said the fish was prized due to its golden colour and pearl-like tips of its small back fin.

“Some of the top quality Malaysian golden arowanas look like gold bars with their entire bodies, including the head, covered in rich golden scales,” said Tang.

Tang, who has been breeding the golden species for the last six years, has more than 40 adult Malaysian golden arowanas in her farm in Bukit Merah, Semanggol, Perak.

She said clients also bought the fish to improve the feng shui in their homes or places of business.

She said an adult fish would be ready to breed when it was about two to three years old and could produce up to 20 to 40 eggs.

In Taiping, Trillion Gold Arowana Farm Sdn Bhd owner Neoh Choo Sin said the arowanas' golden coloured scales were a sign of luxury and status.

“Since the Year of the Dragon had just begun, we have been seeing a steady increase in demands locally and abroad.

“The Government has also started to encourage more people to breed the arowana,” Neoh said.

Neoh added that the fish was a protected species and its export was controlled under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

Mainly exported to China, Thailand, Japan and Taiwan, Neoh said the fish was resilient but temperamental.

 

 

  
 
 
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