Arowana – a prized investment catch or …

I knew about this company early last year when a friend in Malaysia sent me information about this company. I must say that I was quite skeptical about what they were trying to ‘sell’ to the public. I’m still skeptical but you be the judge of it and decide for yourself whether this would be a good investment or not. You can also check out more about them from this site, http://www.arowanaventure.com but the below is the article that came out recently about the service that they were providing..

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‘Luck’ a draw as firm sells 10-year bonds to raise money for fish stocks and farms

Malaysian housewife Leong Yoke Ping bought a Sapphire Gold Arowana, otherwise known as a dragon fish, for US$3,000 (S$3,765), but says the result was more than worth it.
“After we bought it, my husband’s business has become better, jobs are pouring in, things are okay and smooth,” said Ms Leong, watching the fish swim in a customised tank at her home in a suburb of Kuala Lumpur.
“It also brought a small fortune to me,” she added.
Now, an investment firm is hoping the belief in luck brought by the dragon fish, which is shared by Ms Leong and thousands like her, will pay off – in the form of investment in 10-year bonds based on the Arowana.
Prized across Asia for warding off evil, the mustachioed dragon fish is turning into a hot pick for those keen to profit from surging Chinese demand for good luck charms at a time when the global economic outlook seems cloudy.
Known for its agile body, sleek shiny scales and the”whiskers” that give it a resemblance to a Chinese dragon, demand for the fish is so high that some fetch up to US$50,000.
“Many believe it is auspicious to keep a ‘dragon’ at home because it brings luck and wards off evil,” said Mr Michael Liu, chief executive officer of Arowana Venture Berhad, a Kuala Lumpur-based firm working with a fish farm in Bukit Merah, about 300km from Kuala Lumpur,
His firm is selling 10-year bonds to investors to raise money for buying fish stocks and running fish farms.
At the hatchery in Bukit Merah, Mr Liu gestured to rows of tanks filled with fish at various stages of growth, from bright-orange embryo fish to adults that resemble mythical dragons.
Muddy ponds are used as breeding and harvesting grounds where female fish lay eggs that are fertilised and scooped up by males for incubation in their mouths.
Every 56 days, farm workers pry open the fish mouths to collect the orange eggs and move them to a special container before they hatch. Doing so minimises the mortality rate.
Once grown, the fish will be sold to pet stores across China, Taiwan and Japan.
Dragon fish are also valuable because they are endangered. Rapid agricultural development and pollution have destroyed much of their swampy habitat in South-east Asia.
Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia have successfully bred the Asian Arowana in captivity and are the only countries allowed under international laws to ex¬port them in a global market that ranges between US$250 million and US$350 million, Mr Liu said.
“Breeding helps counter the threat of extinction by boosting reproduction,” he said, adding that all exported Arowana from the farm are implanted with microchips to keep track of them.
By buying the 10-year bonds – undivided interest investment lots – at RM2,500 (S$ 1,042) each, bond holders become part owners of the fish.
In turn, they receive thrice-yearly dividends, and so far the scheme has brought good luck for all.
Investors snapped up almost all the 5,000 bonds on offer this year, which also happens to be the Chinese Year of the Dragon, and sales of the native South-east Asian fish species are up as much as 20 per cent.
“They have helped my business,” Mr Liu said. “With Arowana, things just tend to go smoothly.” Reuters

11 March 2012 The Sunday Times

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Different Stages Of Arowana Fry Still Attached To the Egg Yolk For Your Viewing Pleasure…

Many have asked me to share more photos of arowanas when they are young. Well I was just at the arowana farm today and I remembered your request! icon smile Different Stages Of Arowana Fry Still Attached To the Egg Yolk For Your Viewing Pleasure... Sooooooo here they are!!! Some nice closeup photos of arowana fry at different stages that I hope you will like! Cheers!

1) Arowana Fry harvested very young and at this stage, they are very delicate…
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2) Slightly larger fry but still very delicate at this stage with the large yolk attached…
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3) Another batch of very young fry
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4) Yolk is getting smaller here…
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5) Young arowana fry released to a larger tank to grow…
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6) Fry strong enough to swim around now…
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7) Another batch of strong swimmers with small yolk disappearing soon…
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8 ) Another batch …
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Maid jailed for killing employer’s 29 fishes including arowanas

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned!! icon wink Maid jailed for killing employers 29 fishes including arowanas This case was reported mid last year about a maid who was very pissed!!!
READ ON BELOW …

SINGAPORE – In one of the few cases of animal cruelty that resulted in prosecution — according to an animal welfare group here — a maid from Indonesia was charged and fined S$7,000 last week for pouring half a bottle of bleach into her employer’s fish tank, killing 29 fish.
According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), which high-lighted the case on its Facebook page last Friday, many of such cases reported to the society do not make it to the prosecution stage, largely due to the lack of witnesses or lack of evidence.
In the case of the 29 fish, the police confirmed that the maid had been arrested on June 20 and charged the next day.
Two SPCA inspectors had found all 29 fish floating at the surface when they attended to the case, according to SPCA’s Facebook post.
The maid, Margaritha, is unable to pay the fine and will spent time in jail, said the SPCA. She will be repatriated after that.
Her employer, Mr Derrick Ng, told MediaCorp he had reprimanded Margaritha before the incident happened.
Margaritha had scolded his son, 4, for being too “troublesome” when his son had requested that she bring in his new shoes from outside the flat.
Mr Ng said: “After that, I went downstairs for 15 minutes with my son to buy food. When I came back, I smelt chlorine and realised all of my fish were floating at the top of the tank.
“I was completely shocked and speechless. I didn’t know what to do.”
The 29 fish, which included arowanas, were valued at nearly S$20,000, said Mr Ng.
The SPCA’s executive director, Ms Deirdre Moss, said: “We want to let people know that such acts are not acceptable in our society and are punishable by law.” AMANDA FENG
2 July, 2011 Today

What can I say? Be Nice(r) Next Time? You be the judge… icon wink Maid jailed for killing employers 29 fishes including arowanas

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Happy New Year To All Of You And Hope You Like The Aquarium Fish Photos Here …

Hope I find everyone in excellent health and high spirit going into the new year. It’s been a trying 2011 as so much malaise has happened in the world that I hope that the new year will be a better one for everyone. icon wink Happy New Year To All Of You And Hope You Like The Aquarium Fish Photos Here ...

Anyway, I would just like to start the new year by sharing some photos with all of you going into 2012. Feel free to do whatever you want with these photos of arowanas, goldfish, discus and flower horns. This are FREE for all my readers!!! icon smile Happy New Year To All Of You And Hope You Like The Aquarium Fish Photos Here ...
These zip files contain close to 700+ photos of fishes that I took during the Aquarama 2011 show that was held in Singapore in May 2011.

You can download all of them using the links provided below here …

1) Arowana Photos – http://www.arowana-care.com/2012arowanapics

2) Discus Photos – http://www.arowana-care.com/2012discuspics

3) Flower Horn Photos – http://www.arowana-care.com/2012flowerhornpics

4) Goldfish Photos – http://www.arowana-care.com/2012goldfishpics

Be patient when downloading as they are huge files ok. icon wink Happy New Year To All Of You And Hope You Like The Aquarium Fish Photos Here ... Just cut and paste the links onto your browser to start the download.

Hope you like them and cheers to all of you again and have a great year ahead!!!

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The Significance Of Arowana In Feng Shui

Arowana Fish comes in different colors and types. There are 10 described Arowana species that are found in South America, Australia, Africa and Asia. The most wanted species by aquarists are the Asian variety. The Asian arowana is already scarce in the wild, thus it belongs now on the endangered list and protected through CITES. As a result, it is illegal to catch them in the wild and you can only buy them from authorized breeding farms which makes them expensive as it is not easy to breed them. The Asian Red Arowana is the costliest of these arowanas but again this can change as it really depends on demand and supply.

The arowana has scales that are arranged and shaped like the mythical dragon. That is why the Chinese called them dragonfish. Many owners confirmed that arowanas have superior mental abilities. They are said to understand what humans are talking and emit vibrations that increase good aura in its environment. They can also sense or anticipate unfavorable events to happen. They show these warnings by swimming frantically, bumping the wall of the aquarium and in extreme conditions, leaping out from its container.

Rich individuals in Asia, most of them businessmen, keeps arowanas in their homes or establishment. Feng Shui experts stressed that keeping a freshwater fish like the arowana activates good fortune. The fish is believed to enhance the force of wealth generation and accumulation. They are also kept to counteract negative forces or evil spirits. The fish is also available in decorations or images which are used by people who cannot afford to own a live one. They believe that these items bring the same effect as the real thing. The colors that are favored by feng shui enthusiasts are gold, silver-white, orange and the more popular, red.

In feng shui, it is accepted that water controls the wealth of a person. Most Asian aquarist kept 8 to 9 fishes in their possession believing these numbers or amount is auspicious. Some owners based on He Tu and Lou Shu numerology keep 1, 4, 6 or 9 fishes. The number 1 and 6 symbolizes water element and 4 to 9 symbolizes metal element according to He Tu. To enhance a person’s luck and good fortune, these numbers are used with the water and metal elements.

It is also recommended to use a combination of different fish colors and numbers to create a dynamic cycle of the elements to represent endless wealth. You can try this combination for the purpose. Mix 1 black, 6 white and 8 yellow fished in a tank. In numerology context, 1 represent the element water, 6 represent metal and 8 signify earth. In Chinese beliefs, the number combination 1, 6 and 8 means unbroken prosperity.

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My Arowana Is Not Eating No Matter What I Do !!!

I have received many many emails from very anxious hobbyists asking for advise as their arowanas are not eating no matter what they do. So I thought this is the best time to advise you on this because …. my 3 arowanas has been doing the same thing for the past 3 weeks until yesterday!!! Has this happened to me before. YES and believe you me… it’s really no big deal if you take the necessary steps to fix the problem icon wink My Arowana Is Not Eating No Matter What I Do !!!

SO? What’s the first thing to do…… DON’T PANIC!!!!! icon wink My Arowana Is Not Eating No Matter What I Do !!! This usually happens because the water quality is probably not so good. People ask me whether I check for nitrates levels, etc but I’ll be frank with you, I don’t at all. If you think you have high nitrate problems, well… change the water! icon wink My Arowana Is Not Eating No Matter What I Do !!! I always do that! First thing I do when I see my arowana losing appetite or staying at the bottom of the tank often or it’s swimming patterns seem lethargic, etc, CHANGE THE WATER…

I have said this many times, this should always be your first course of action. It has never failed me until today. No point worrying about what to do first… AGAIN 1st STEP IS… YOU SHOULD CHANGE THE WATER. (Sorry for being naggy but I hope you get it by now.)

So below are the steps I took…
1) 3 weeks back, I change the water like usual during the weekends. 20 – 25% water change as usual. I also always add salt to it. Salt is like, lack of a better word, a tonic to it. I do not add anti-chlorine or any medication to it. No need for all these ok.

I usually do no feed it on the day of water change. I tried to feed it the next day but all it did was bite on the chopped prawn pieces and spat it out. I did not think much of it as it’s done this before. It did the same thing practically throughout the week but I thought they were just not hungry.

2) 2 weeks back, during the weekend, I change the water and added some salt in again as usual… It again decided not to eat for the whole week.

3) Last Sunday, I again change the water, added salt BUT this time, also added blackwater. I sometimes add blackwater as they do like this but it’s really not always necessary. It’s up to you. But the good thing is, it started to eat again yesterday. Was blackwater the ‘cure’, I really don’t think so but as I said, it does not hurt to add them if you have it.

So what is the moral behind this story? icon wink My Arowana Is Not Eating No Matter What I Do !!!
When your arowana don’t eat, DON’T PANIC. Continue to change the water as I did.
I know there is a quote that says “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” icon wink My Arowana Is Not Eating No Matter What I Do !!! Well, this quote does not stand for arowanas ok! In fact, you should change the water over and over again until they do eat. Think about it logically… there must be something in the water that is causing the problem right UNLESS of course, your arowana has inherent health problems that cannot be detected visually. In these cases, it is just bad luck as no one could have predicted that the arowana you bought has health issues.

Hope this will clear up some of your anxieties. Cheers and have a great day!

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