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AC: Mr Yap, is this the first home harvest in the world?
Mr Yap: No, there are several occurrences elsewhere
which were not officially reported. The only case that was previously
reported happened in Japan.
We understand that this is not the first time that the arowanas have
paired up in
this pond at home and attempted to breed but
this time it
is successful. Can you tell us why?
Mr Yap: We went through several trials and errors to correct the
pH and kH levels of the water and more importantly to modify the
in the pond to mimic the natural environment without using carbon
or ultraviolet light to remove any contaminants.
AC: So, what is the pH level in the pond?
Mr Yap: It fluctuated between 6.5 to 7.
AC: The current tiles used in the pond are light blue in color, is
that the best color to be used for an outdoor pond?
Mr Yap: It would have been better if the tiles were black as a dark
environment is more conducive for breeding. The tiles were
not replaced since they
were already in place and it would be a massive effort to have
Thank you Mr Yap. Congratulations to you as we understand that you
were instrumental in advising Richard how to go about setting up
adjusting his garden pond. Now we talk to the very happy
man himself Mr Richard Goh.
AC: First of all, congratulations on the successful harvest
and being the first successful person to do it officially
in Singapore. So tell
us what is the feeling when you saw the 29 arowana fries?
Mr Goh: Fantastic! No words can describe the feeling!
Was a bit nervous initially because last year, there
occasions when I drew a blank
with the AVA officials but this time at least they
had to issue the electronic chips to me via Wan Hu! LOL!
I would really like to thank Mr Yap from Wan Hu for making all this possible.
AC: So there were another 2 times that was not successful
prior to this harvest? Tell us what happen then.
Mr Goh: Well, all the officials were around than, but due
to the filtration and maybe the water perimeters, the brooding
arowana swallowed all
the eggs. At that point of time, the water condition was
maybe not optimum
as I just moved into the premises few months before.
AC: Tell us about your garden pond and the arowanas in
Mr Goh: My pond is approx 18ft by 18ft and the water
is about 3.5ft deep. In the pond, I have 13 pieces
arowanas. 2 pieces of
arowanas and 11 pieces of red arowanas.
AC: How many males and females in the pond and what
is the ratio per type?
Mr Goh: Ok, as you know I can't be 100% accurate
on the gender but a good guess will be 6 females
and 7 males.
I have 1 male and female
crossback arowanas. As for the red arowanas, there
are 5 females and 6 males. So the ratio is 7 males
and 6 females.
AC: How old are the arowanas and how long have
they been together?
Mr Goh: All the arowanas are about 5 to 6 years
old and I put 15 pieces into the garden pond
and the half
year back when I moved into
my new house. When I first put them in, the first
pair started to pair off almost immediately and
2 months later,
the male was brooding, but
it was unsuccessful.
AC: Were the arowanas from a community tank,
or were they bought from the farm?
Mr Goh: They were all from my individual tanks.
AC: You mention you put in 15 pieces when you
first moved in. What happen to the other
Mr Goh: Well, 1 died and the other arowana
was removed after a while as it was a male.
were too many
males in the pond.
AC: Lastly, need to ask you about the diet
of the arowanas in your pond.
Mr Goh: Nothing special really, just the
normal food that you normally feed your
meal worms and bull frogs.
I feed them once a day.
AC: You mention pork, how do you prepare
Mr Goh: I always use the lean pork and
usually rinse it well in water after
cutting it into
AC: Thank you and once again, congratulation
on the harvest.