Gold Harvest at Panda Aquatic Centre Pte
On any other
day, I would have baulked at the idea of waking up early to drive a
considerable distance with the sun all over me! However, today is
different because I have been looking forward to greeting the
morning! You see, today is one of those rare occasions where I can
witness the harvesting of arowanas and the prospect of being there,
certainly thrills me!
exactly on time at 9am sharp at Panda Aquatic Centre. I was soon
joined by Mr. Kan and and his associate, Mr Pongsaran Pongpaspaisarn
from Panda Arowana (Thailand) Co. Ltd. Keith, our videographer
arrived soon after. Also present to witness the harvesting was the
representative, Mr Nah, from AVA (Agri-Food & Veterinary
Authority of Singapore).
A panaromic view of Panda
tell it was going to be a wonderful day. The air was fresh, birds
were chirping and the skies were clear. Everything looked pristine
and green, in total contrast to the murky water in the ponds after a
day of heavy downpour the day before.
Today, I am
fortunate to witness the harvesting of the famed Panda Gold
Mr Nah from AVA and Mr Kan of
Workers wading slowly through the
chest deep waters to guide the arowanas into the specially
The workers carefully ensuring
that none of the arowanas were able to escape. Every arowana
in the pond must be checked for eggs or fries.
Hauling the net partially out of
Special bamboo sticks were
strategicly placed to form a barricade to prevent the
arrowanas from leaping over the net. So far, this is only the
easy part. Now, let the games
Each and every arowana has to be carefully inspected to
check for eggs or fries in the mouth. Usually, it is the male that
will brood with the eggs in their mouth. There are cases in which
the female carry the eggs too. The arowanas are then harvested by
gently prying open their mouths to remove the eggs or fries.
Gloves are usually worn to protect the hands when harvesting
as arowanas can pack quite a bite if you try to place your fingers
in their mouths. Furthermore, gloves provide better grip when
handling the adult arowanas.
All the fries were immediately
transferred to the Panda Aquatics nursery to be cared for. Taking
care of these fries is a painstaking affair because these fries are
still small and they need special attention. Water must also be kept
clean at all times.
Catching and inspecting all the
arowanas in the pond
Excellent 5th level & gold
shine with strong blue base Panda Gold
Gently prying open the mouth to
remove the fries. An electronic scanner is also used to scan
the tag number of the parent fish.
Striking Gold, Panda
Each scoop is worth
Mr Kan shared
with me that timing in harvesting is crucial as if you harvest too
early, you will only get eggs and that will require special care in
ensuring that these eggs hatch. This is certainly not an easy task
but if you harvest too late, you might even lose the entire brood as
they could have been eaten up by other arowanas when they were
released from the father's mouth. Such is the dilemma faced by
Another good day in the office.
Mr Nah, Mr Kan and Mr
Today's harvest was yet another success for Panda Arowanas as
hundreds of Panda Gold arowana fries were harvested. Just for the
record, Panda Aquatics has one of the highest yields in Singapore.
For those who are keen to have a dabble at being an arowana farmer,
all is not lost in land scarce Singapore. Panda Aquatics has a proxy
farming scheme that is tailored for those who want to try it out
before going big time into the gold rush.
ArowanaClub would like to thank Panda Aquatics for giving us
the opportunity to witness the harvest of their Panda Gold arowanas.
Our warm heartfelt thanks also goes to Mr Kan T.S for allowing
ArowanaClub to do a write up for their gem
Harvesting Arowana fries
The male arowana takes care of it's babys in it's mouth.
the arowana fries the male's mouth has to be opened gently to let the
fries swim out.
Then the young
arowana's are collected and will grow up in a special "kindergarden"
They can be
released in to the wild only if they are big enough not to end as fish
food for other predators.