A real catch of the day. Quality all over.

Harvest of Panda Red Asian Arowana

Despite being caught in a bad traffic jam on my way to Panda Aquatic Centre, it was all but a fine day for a visit to the countryside. The skies were clear and the air was fresh after a brief spell of rain the wee morning hours. Today, I would be witnessing the harvesting of the red and golden crossback arowanas from Panda Aquatic Centre.

Workers getting ready for harvest
Workers getting ready for harvest

Let the Harvest Begin

I met up with Mr. Kan from Panda Aquatic Centre and was briefed by him on the schedule for the day. Both his red arowanas and his crossback arowanas will be harvested today.

As we walked towards the breeding ponds, his workers were already in the thick of the action. They were walking cautiously in the waist deep waters, planting the necessary nettings and bamboo poles in place to round up the red arowanas.

Although Mr Kan did not enter the breeding pond, he was also doing his part along the edge of breeding pond with a wooden pole, striking the grass to ward off any snakes that might hurt his workers. As the workers slowly pulled the net along the pond to round up the arowanas, Mr. Kan then used his wooden pole to beat gently around the edge of the pond to urge the arowanas into the net.

Mr Kan, CEO of Panda doing his harvest ritual. Just kidding, he is actually looking out for snakes for the safety of his workers.
Mr Kan, CEO of Panda doing his harvest ritual. Just kidding, he is actually looking out for snakes for the safety of his workers.
Workers wading slowly through the chest deep waters to guide the arowanas into the specially designed net. Mr Kan beating the edge of the banks to urge the arowanas along.
Workers wading slowly through the chest deep waters to guide the arowanas into the specially designed net. Mr Kan beating the edge of the banks to urge the arowanas along.

While I have witnessed numerous harvesting of arowanas, each harvesting is quite unique. The harvesting procedures are quite similar but you never know what to expect in each harvesting. Beneath the murky waters of the breeding pond are actually numerous productive red arowanas, each capable of producing at least 20 fries! This is already quite a feat as red arowanas are often reported to have a lower productivity. The secret to having such a productive pool of breeding arowanas is probably known to the farmer but from what I have observed in Panda Aquatic Centre, Mr. Kan had probably done his research and set up his breeding ponds to simulate the natural environment of the red arowanas, ensuring that the right atmosphere and environment are present to boost his arowanas’ productivity! Not only were his arowanas productive, I was equally impressed with the physical appearance of his arowanas. Each red arowana displayed a beautiful coat of red scales. I would probably have to bring my water parameters test kits the next time I visit the breeding ponds to find out what is the secret to having such productive and beautiful red arowanas!

De medewerkers zorgen er voorzichtig voor dat geen van de Arowana's kan ontsnappen. Elke Arowana in de vijver moet worden gecontroleerd op eieren of jongen.
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 the pond
Hauling the net partially out of the pond
First Arowana in the net
First Arowana in the net

Special bamboo sticks were strategically place to form a barricade to prevent the arowanas from leaping over the net. So far, this is only the easy part. Now, let get to the business at hand!

Catching and inspecting all the arowanas in the pond. Not an easy task if you have slippery and strong jumping customers.
Catching and inspecting all the arowanas in the pond. Not an easy task if you have slippery and strong jumping customers.

When the red arowanas are hauled up from the water and inspected for fries, I could sense the great expectation and anticipation in everyone. There was tense concentration as the worker pried open the arowana’s powerful jaws to introduce the numerous fries to this new world!

A male red arowana is slowly coaxed into the net
A male red arowana is slowly coaxed into the net
Opening Arowana mouth with fry
Opening Arowana mouth with fry

Gently prying open the mouth to remove the fries. An electronic scanner is also used to scan the tag number of the parent fish. A really fine specimen of red arowana. 1st of the day.

Reading Arowana tag number
Reading Arowana tag number

Reading out the tag number to AVA officials witnessing the harvest. Beautiful red arowana indeed.

1 inch Arowana fry
1 inch Arowana fry

Twenty over fries about 1 inch only for the 1st Red Arowana

Male Arowana brooder
Male Arowana brooder

Another male brooder spotted! This piece is a real red shocker!

This time, there were over 40 pieces from the brooder
This time, there were over 40 pieces from the brooder
This time, some were already swimming about freely
This time, some were already swimming about freely
3 inch Arowana fries
3 inch Arowana fries
A real catch of the day. Quality all over.
A real catch of the day. Quality all over.
3 inch Arowana fry closeup
3 inch Arowana fry closeup

3 incher up close

Images: West
Originaly published: Arowanaclub.com (no longer available)
Source:  Aquarticles.com (no longer available)

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