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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Top 5 Catfish Baits Part 3 - Dip Bait

Some folks make their own dips from well-guarded secret recipes that have been passed from generation to generation. Others have favored commercially manufactured blends that they buy by the case. Whether home brewed or store bought, dip baits are gooey concoctions that usually smell horrible, but catfish absolutely cannot resist them.

While all dip baits smell bad, a foul odor is not enough to make a tub of bait attractive to cats. A dip must have a cheese base or some kind of protein content. Dough balls, no matter how sour or smelly they are, do not offer much appeal to most cats. 

A bait's consistency also is critical. A good dip is soft enough that it breaks up gradually, but solid enough that it does not wash away quickly. In current, where dip baits are really at their best, that can be a delicate balance.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Top 5 Catfish Baits Part 2 - Chicken Livers

Arguably, no bait is more closely associated with catfishing than a chicken liver. The reason is simple: livers produce catfish and lots of them. With their strong, meaty smell, chicken livers draw cats from broad areas. Once the cats find the bait, they have trouble resisting them.

Livers typically do not produce many huge catfish. However, for channel cats up to about 10 pounds, chicken livers are extremely productive. They also are inexpensive and available from any grocery store. One major caveat of baiting up with chicken livers is that they initially can be difficult to keep on the hook. They toughen up once they have been in the water a few minutes. But if you are not careful, casting this bait much farther than your hook travels is common.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Top 5 Catfish Baits Part 1 - Shad

Catching any kind of fish begins with putting baits where the fish are. For catfish, which feed mostly by smell and taste, it is all about using the right kind of bait.

Of course, different species and sizes of cats prefer different kinds of meals, and some offerings lend themselves better to specific styles of catfishing than do others. Also, catfish are just like other kinds of fish -- or us for that matter -- in the sense that their preferences vary from day to day. One day's hot bait commonly may not yield much the next day, with no obvious change in conditions. With that in mind, you are wise to set the table with at least a couple of different kinds of baits and allow the cats to dictate their preferences.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Baung Catfish

Baung Catfish or its scientific name Mystus spp. are among the freshwater fish you can find in the ASEAN countries including Malaysia. There are different type of Baung Catfish. The one I caught is called Flat-headed catfish, Root catfish or Mystus Planiceps. 

This type of catfish can grow up to 20 kg. The baits you can use to fish Baung is usually ants, use 5 to 10 ants per hook, or use a large worm or chicken intestines if you can't find some ants. According to local residents, there was a time in the 60's, people used to fish Baung with soap. For me, I just use small shrimp. No fuss no cuss.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Back From The Village

You know when you haven't done something in soooo long, it's really hard to get back into it.  I kept telling myself that I was going to start blogging again, and even took pics of lots of stuff with the intention of blogging it. But, life just happens and I just didn't get around to it. However, tonight, I'm giving it a try again.

So, the big question is, where do I start?  Should I go back months or should I start with today.  I think I will just start by sharing some of the pics I took while I was away in my village.

 Catching tiny shrimps for fishing bait.

I manage to catch this type of catfish and some Mahseer fry a few times. This fellow weights almost a kilo. We called this type of catfish the Baung. I'll write more about the Baung in my next post.

Learning to fish.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Snakeheads In The Pond

The list of fish that can make men curse (or cuss) with fear has up to this point pretty much been limited to very large sharks. Now you can add another one to the list: The Snakehead.

The giant snakehead is a carnivorous fish that feasts on pretty much anything in its path, and has caused all manner of destruction in places where it has been introduced.  Maybe you think I'm overstating the problem a bit. After all it’s just a fish, right? Wrong. This is not your everyday fish.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Most Asked Question About Betta

Are Betta fish stupid??? A friend of mine asked me this question recently. No. Betta are very savvy instinctive creatures. Its only certain owners that may lack intelligence. (Personal Opinion)

Fish and other animals evolve to cope with certain environments. Even when they're removed from those environments they retain some of their instinctual habits, so their behavior may seem irrational. When you spend much time watching fish in aquariums, it's easy to conclude that they do indeed think, learn and feel emotions. The small brain that most fish have limits only their sophistication. Of course, that's just one opinion.

Well I haven't meet any Betta or other fish species which own a Nobel Prize, but I believe in their own way they are intelligent. Some more, some less intelligent, just like humans.
Usually people buy and keep fishes because of their looks, not because their intelligence. Quotient...or I'm wrong?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Consuming Raw Fish

Like fruits, humans have been eating raw fish for millions of years. Fish can be much better consumed raw than meat, for containing far less connective tissue.
Consuming food containing sugars and fibers within 2 to 3 hours after having consumed raw fish or egg yolk can cause severe cramps. Try eating fruits before consuming sashimi, and take your time.
To judge fish on freshness, it has to be a whole fish ; the slime-layer must be intact, and the gills should be moist and bright red. (except for mackerel, whose gills are brown) The scales must be both intact and shiny, and firmly attached to the body. The cut-wound edges must have a fresh scent. The flesh has to be firm. Poking your finger in the flesh, it has to bounce back. Fresh fish has convex eyes, which shouldn't be bloody but bright white, with shiny black pupils. There should not be any signs of browning due to oxidation. Just remember, fresh fish does not smell.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sucker Fish - The Best Cleaning Crew

If you have an algae eater, you may have been told to get a sucker fish, or algae eater. These fish have specially designed mouths that allow them to latch on to surfaces and suck off the algae. Some people call catfish sucker fish as well. Catfish usually clean waste off the bottom of the fish tank. These types of fish are a great addition to your tank, as they help to keep it clean.

There are many different fish on the market that are commonly labeled algae eaters. Some are better at eating algae than others. Here are some of the most common fish that are labeled as algae eaters. First, the Siamese Algae Eater, which is a fish with a jagged black horizontal stripe down its back. The False Siamese Algae Eater looks very similar, but the black stripe ends at this fish’s tail. The Flying Fox has a smooth black stripe down its body. Finally, the Chinese algae eater is mostly solid black. These algae eaters have a little bit of a deceiving name. They will eat algae, but they will eat leftover food first. They are preferred by aquarists that have trouble with hair algae, as they will eat this type readily.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ancient Romans Like Fish Sauce

A shipwrecked first-century vessel carrying delicacies to the richest palates of the Roman Empire has proved a dazzling find, with nearly 2,000-year-old fish bones still nestling inside clay jars. Boaters found its cargo of hundreds of amphorae in 2000 when their anchor got tangled with one of the two-handled jars.

The ship, estimated to be 100 feet long with a capacity for around 400 tons of cargo, is twice the size of most other Roman shipwrecks found in the Mediterranean. Its cargo of an estimated 1,500 well-preserved clay amphorae was used in this case to hold fish sauce — a prized condiment for wealthy Romans.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

How Do Fish See in the Dark?

Since sunlight never reaches the deeper parts of the sea, these regions are always totally dark. Yet fish live here and swim about without bumping into each other.

How is this so? . . . Well, fish actually “see” without their eyes; they use other sensory organs.

The next time you catch a fish, look for a line running along its skin, from the gills to the tail. All fish have this marking, called the lateral line. All along the lateral line are openings in the fish’s skin. These openings allow water vibrations to reach sensory organs which are located under the lateral line.

These sensory organs, in turn, are connected to the fish’s nervous system, and are very sensitive to slight vibrations in the water.

By reading the vibrations in the water around it, a fish can tell when another fish is approaching, what direction it’s coming from, and how far away it is. The fish can also tell when a rock or other object is close by, because these objects cause vibrations as water flows around them.

So a fish can navigate through the darkness without striking another fish or a rock, and can “see” even in total darkness!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Do Fish Feel Pain?

Pain is not a respecter of intelligence. We tend to assume that the stupidest individual we know is capable of feeling as much pain as we do. We don't tend to say:

"Well, Agnes is pretty dumb you know. Are we really sure that she felt pain when that truck hit her? Okay. I know she flew 25 feet in the air, let out a blood curdling scream and then thrashed about for ten minutes. But was that just a motor response? Was she really feeling it?"

Sunday, June 27, 2010

When Fish Goes Bad

Bad seafood can make you very sick. Fortunately, it is usually pretty easy to tell by smell, feel and appearance if fish is going bad. Read on to learn how to tell when fish goes bad.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Superstition About Fish

Here are some superstitious facts about fish. It is said that a fish should always be eaten from the head toward the tail. If you dream of fish that means someone you know is pregnant. When going fishing, throw back the first fish you catch then you'll be lucky the whole day fishing.(What if you catch a big fish?). If you count the number of fish you caught, you will catch no more that day too. It is also a no-no to say the word "pig" while fishing at sea or you will run into a spell of bad luck. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Best Herbs for Cooking Fish

There are many different methods for cooking fish, but one of the healthiest ways is to prepare your fish with fresh herbs. Herbs can help season a plain piece of fish or kick up an already flavorful one. You might want to consider growing your own herbs in your garden for the freshest ingredients.

Monday, June 21, 2010

'Extinct' fish bred by British zoo

Bristol zoo has successfully bred Potosi pupfish, a species of fish extinct in the wild. Staff at the zoo said they were "thrilled" when spawning behaviour was observed soon after the fish were introduced from London Zoo. 

Bristol Zoo and ZSL London Zoo are the only two institutions in the UK working together to safeguard the species, which are classed as extinct in the wild, through a conservation breeding programme. A handful of private breeders in Spain, Mexico and America are also keeping them.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Which One Is Which?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Worms Anyone?

If you are a squeamish person, new to cooking fish, I suggest that you don't read any further. I don't want to be responsible for people stopping to eat fish purely because of squeamishness. If you are cooking the fish (with heat), no harm will come to you. I promise. 

No matter how hard I looked, it was hard to find solid information on this topic. What I needed to find was someone passionate about parasites. Yes, there are people who care about parasites as much as I care about food (and fish). They are called parasitologists. 

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fish you can't eat when pregnant

To have a healthy pregnancy, you need to know what to include in your diet and the foods you can't eat when pregnant. You should avoid foods that might add empty calories without being nutritious. Have a pregnancy diet plan ready so that you can select the best foods from it. You should also read more about diet during pregnancy so that you know the foods to avoid during pregnancy. 

Fish high in mercury: Another important food you can't eat when pregnant. In many places, there are high levels of Mercury or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the fish. When you consume large amounts of mercury, your baby may suffer brain damage resulting in developmental delays (for example, delays in learning to walk or talk). Consumption of fish containing high levels of PCBs in their fatty tissues is linked to decreased attention, memory, and IQ in babies.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Funny Cartoon

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

How do to get out a fish bone that is stuck in your throat?

Open your mouth, press your tongue down and look in the mirror to see if you can see it, or ask a friend. It's probably better not to swallow it (depending on the size) as your doctor could get it out fast if it's still high up or go to the accidents and emergency ward of your local hospital so they can get it out straight away without it causing damage on the way down.

If you think you've swallowed it, eat lots of bread or oats and drink water to make the passage easier so it doesn't scrape on the way down and so it doesn't go into the windpipe.

Monday, June 7, 2010

So You Want To Breed Arowana?

The Golden Arowana is the most popular and expensive ornamental fish. The best quality is the crossed-back full scale Arowana is the Golden Arowana. In its natural habitat breeding season normally occurs from August to October every year. In its natural habitat the fish prefer slightly acidic clean water and unpolluted natural surroundings, especially shallow and fast flowing rivers with overhanging vegetation on the river bank. 

Rear eight Arowanas in a bare-based concrete tank measuring 5 x 5 meters with a water depth about 0.5 meters fenced with plastic netting about 0.75 meters high to prevent the fish from jumping out. A spawning room was built in one corner of the concrete tank and some pieces of bogwood were added to help create a natural living environment for the fish. Other decorations such as pebbles and stones were avoided because they may injure the fish and be swallowed accidentally during feeding. The rearing tank was partially shaded, away from direct sunlight and built in a quiet area. The broodstock were maintained in the rearing tank until the fish reached maturity. 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Asian Arowana

There are 3 types of Asian Arowana - the Red, Gold and Green. For the Chinese, Red is a lucky color, as evidenced by the large amount of red used during Chinese New Year. This makes the Red dragon fish in high demand, and prices for a good quality red can easily fetch around USD5000. Gold is also considered lucky. However, it is surprising that Green variety is not very popular and is consider unlucky, especially in Cantonese speaking countries like Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The Cantonese who keep a green Arowana in their home and often gamble are said to "shee tou meen cheang cheang" (lost till their faces turn green).

Saturday, June 5, 2010

SMS From The Fishes

 A Kenyan student has created an exciting new electronic device that automates fishing by luring the fish with the sound of other fish feeding. Once the fish are trapped, an attached GPRS/GSM device conveniently sends an SMS to the fisherman informing him that his catch is ready. This innovation was showcased at the Conference on Dissemination of Research Results and Exhibition of Innovations at the Kenyatta International Conference Center on May 4th, 2009.

This innovation is indeed an extraordinary accomplishment and I can't stop wondering what will they think of next? But could this be the answer to our overfishing problems or making  it even worse? Just remember, with great power, comes great responsibility.

Friday, June 4, 2010

World's Most Expensive Fish

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, an enormous Bluefin tuna -- a fish prized as sushi -- sold for a record $173,600 Friday in the first auction of the year at Tokyo's main fish market. At $391 a pound (P 43,010 per kilo), the 444-pound fish was the most expensive auctioned off at the Tsukiji Central Fish Market in years. In 1996, a 250-pound Bluefin fetched $44,100.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

From dogs to music : 10 Strange Fishing Methods

50 years ago, Japanese people in the islands of Tanegashima employed canoes made of trunks of giant pines for fishing. The crafting of the canoes was made during special ceremonies with an old magical charge. After choosing the pine, the future owner and the craftsmen had to ask the God of the Mountain for permit. The god was offered as oblations rice, salt and sake. The trunk was split in two and after that, each part carved with axes, hatchets and chisels. In the rear part, a special place was chosen for locating the rudder. When the canoe was finished, other oblations were offered to the God. 

On the sea, the canoes were attached with bolsters for mast and paddles. The first persons obliged to get into the canoe were the fisherman's wife and daughter. All was followed by a general feast for the craftsmen and fishermen.  

Here are other local traditions of fishing around the world:

Monday, May 31, 2010

Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

Fortune Teller Miracle Fish promise to reveal your private sexual inclinations in ways no one can understand. In reality, they’re little red fish-shaped pieces of thin plastic that curl up in certain ways depending on the heat source they’re currently on top of. For the three of you who’ve never heard of these fishies, the gimmick is that they’ll curl up into some random position when placed in the palm of your hand. After seeing what position it forms into, you referred to a stupid chart to find out what kind of lover you were.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Dancing Fisherman

Most of us fish using rods and reels. But if you take time to delve into it, you’ll find that there are many other creative ways of fishing that are like nothing you ever tried before.  

Lots of fishermen still enjoy jug fishing, where the participants follow floating jugs to which baited hooks and line have been attached. It’s been more than a century, however, since anglers employed a special type of floating fish-catcher called the “Dancing Fisherman.” 

For this means of fishing, a jumping-jack (a small, jointed man whose limbs are moved by jerking a string attached to them) was fastened to a stick secured in an upright position on a float made from a board. Through a hole in the float passed a string attached to the jumping-jack, and tied securely to this were the hook and line. When a fish took the bait and pulled on the string, the little figure would throw up its arms and legs as though dancing for joy at having performed its task so well. Funny huh!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Box Turtles Found

I found a couple of tortoise in my pond. At first I thought they were some giant toad or something. I caught them with a net and brought them home. They seems a bit dirty with  mud and all that. I read in a book that when bringing tortoise home one should bathe it. So that's what I did. For the time being, I let them walk around the house. Tomorrow I'm going to find a new home for them.

After a little bit of surfing about tortoise, I found out that these a actually a type of Box Turtle. (not a tortoise) Although a land turtle they are closely related to the water turtles. They do not live in the water but near of in damp cool areas. (most of the time) Box turtles are "homing" if released far away from their home they try to find their way back. Wow. I wonder if they'll come back to my pond after I released them somewhere far.

The problem about Box Turtle is, if you keep it too long it will become used to your feeding it and cannot be released. So releasing it is the best even if its cute. My friend Tammy thinks that I should keep them and call them Elvis and George.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Mystery Monster Fish Of Kenyir Lake

Not long ago, Malaysia was shocked by the story of a monster fish in the Kenyir Lake. Last year, a man on a fishing may have fell of a boat and drowned. The boat could be bumped by the giant fish till the man fell into the lake. Another man who saw the situation jumped in to rescue but disappeared into the lake.

The Orang Asli elders had suspected that the Ikan Naga (dragon fish) probably caused the boat to capsize. It was also highlighted that foreign workers had seen the creature during the construction of the dam back in mid 70s. An eyewitness of the recent incident said the boat was spinning around and could not see the victims anywhere. The Ikan Naga is shrouded in myth and folklore, much like Loch Ness and other lake monsters of the world. Its girth alone is said to be 4 meters with colorful sharp fins and scales like a shark. Uh...I thought shark does not possess scales...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Piranha in Tomato Sauce Recipe

Prepare your freshly-caught Piranha native style, with this Brazilian recipe.


Piranha, whole, cleaned and scaled
4 firm, ripe tomatoes
1 finely chopped medium-sized onion
2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh parsley
half a cup of water
2 tablespoons of margarine
salt and pepper to taste

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Pets Piranha

Believe it or not, there are people who actually keep piranhas as "pets". Piranhas aren't good pets in the traditional sense because you can't hold or pet them, and they aren't affectionate. Piranha owners still must be extremely careful of the fish's sharp teeth and aggressive nature. Keeping them well fed is probably the key to keeping them mellow.

People who fancy piranhas as pets may be more attracted to the grisly reputation and aggressive manner of these world-class predators, perhaps keeping them for their "entertainment" value. That's O.K. - it's human nature to be fascinated with morbid and gruesome creatures. But piranhas are also very beautiful fish. As long as anyone desires to take a creature out of the wild and bring into captivity they must take the responsibility of treating it with respect and good care. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

How to Keep Predator Fish

Keeping fish can be lots of fun, but no one wants to buy a new fish just to have it eaten or have it eat your other fish, so here is a guide on things to do to ensure this does not happen.

Many people like to have fish for pets because they are low maintenance, and can be very relaxing to watch them swim. Most first time fish enthusiast like to keep cold water fish, because they are cheap and most of the different types of these fish will get along together. These fish have some bright colors and have some very fancy fins, but they are mostly large goldfish, and eventually switch to tropical fish to get a larger selection of fish. But keeping tropical fish can be a bit of a gamble, the fish cost more and some of them are very aggressive and will eat your other fish.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

What's your favourite fish meal?

So, what is favorite kind of fish to eat? Whether raw, or cooked or whatever. Some people like trout. Fried. Love salmon, love fish n chips. Can it really not taste amazing? OK, I like trout as well. I also love smoked trout. I hate bones in fish though. 

The top of people favourite cooked fish is the flathead. Its like a giant version of the plecostamus fish you see in fish tanks. They have lovely sweet fleshed fillets that dipped in a light beer batter, and deep fried, make the best fish for fish and chips in the world. For raw fish ... have you tried Angler Fish sashimi or sushi grade tuna, crusted in sesame seeds, and lightly seared on a hot dry skillet just long enough to turn the outside white, but leave the inside raw ... amazing, don't you think?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Asthma Wonder Cure

Most of this is of course, especially applicable to the pathetic sufferers of the dreaded ASTHMA disease. The trouble with Asthma is that it seldom kills but makes a person suffer throughout his life. When we think of any Asthma patient, sitting up the whole night, unable to breath, wheezing and suffering like a wretch and cursing his own life, we thank our stars for not having been one among them. As seen today, there is hardly any cure for this disease in any known branch of medicine.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How The Wooden Fish Came To Be

The "wooden fish" is a percussion instrument made of a hollow wooden block originally used by Buddhist priests to beat rhythms when chanting scriptures.

These are two kinds of wooden fish: one is round with carved scales and the other is rectangular and suspended in front of dinning halls of Buddhist temples. It is said that fish don't close their eyes when sleeping to remind the chanting monks to concentrate on when they are doing. When having breakfast and lunch, the monks beat the latter type of wooden fish to produce a rhythm the monks call the "Bang." There is an interesting legend explaining the origin of wooden fish.

Pet Fish Names

Here is a list of top 20 pet fish names that will help you greatly to choose a name for your cute fish.

1 - Fluffy
2 - Nemo
3 - Doodles
4 - Kandy

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Be Afraid When Handling Your Catch

Venomous snakes send shivers down many people's spines, but venomous fish are far more common, often ignored. Please note that venomous species of fish outnumber not just such snakes, but all other venomous vertebrates combined. In total, the world's oceans, lakes, and rivers harbor more than 1,200 species of venomous fish. 

Previously, some fish scientist had estimated that there were only 200 venomous fish. The new additions double the number of known venomous vertebrates to more than 2,000 species. Until the new study, scientists had estimated the number of venomous fish species largely from medical records of fish-human encounters, not on biological or evolutionary species surveys. 

Only some species, such as the lionfish, use their venom as offensive weapons the same way snakes do, according to the few fish studies. Most use the venom for defense against predators. So you disturb, you're dead. Don't disturb, you may live.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Sad Case Of Chinese Bahaba

Do you know that the Chinese Bahaba is a critically endangered fish whose swim bladder is believed to cure illnesses has been caught and sold for more than $500,000 in China. It was no get-rich scheme but a stroke of good fortune for whomever caught the rare Chinese Bahaba.

The 135-kilogram Chinese Bahaba (Bahaba Taipingensis), the first fish of its species caught in at least a year, was thought to be more than 50 years old. A fishery in Guangdong Zhanjiang purchased the fish for 3.45 million yuan. Now, at half a million each, these fish might be a good candidate for cloning.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Burmese fish : Next To Extinct

A Burmese fish, known locally as Ngaphayone (Anguilla bengalensis  bengalensis), is in danger of extinction due to increasing exports, particularly to China, where its larvae is also in high demand. Many Chinese believe that Ngaphayone increase blood flow and bestow luck to those who eat them. Ngaphayone are also used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is supposed to give 'strength' to men. 

Fairytale Fish Found

Residents of the Daluo village in China’s Guangxi province have caught several weird looking yellow fishes in a cave lake located 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) below ground.

Experts working at the Bama County and Guangxi provincial aquatics institutes have been unable to identify the fish, which sports a flat mouth shaped almost like the bill of a duck and eye-catching red lips. The mysterious creature is also adorned with a long, slim “mustache”.

According to Li Zuneng, head of the village, members of his community have heard stories about this outlandish fish told by the oldest villagers, but many had assumed that it was some type of fairytale creature. Up until now, no one from the younger generations had actually seen the deep dweller.

The cave where the fish lives is named Fu Yuan Dong, which means Cave of Fortune. I do wonder if the fish can grant wishes.

A Hope For Jasper

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Fish/Goat/Man : Monster of Lake Worth

Lake Worth is a Texas city with a population of 4,618, according to a 2000 survey. It's pretty typical in every sense of the word except one - it had the most incredible recorded monster sighting to date.

The monster made itself exceptionally newsworthy on July 10th 1969 when it apparently jumped over a car full of people. These are the first witnesses to describe the creature as 'half-man, half-goat with fur and scales'.

An interesting description, that - three animals, one of them apparently aquatic, all rolled into one. Of course we've seen the man-goat combo before, but the fish aspect is a brand new ingredient. News of this encounter leaked to the radio, which reported on it pretty quickly. Of course the story resulted in dozens of people flocking to the scene - and said flocking paid off.

Are You Considering A Pet Shark?

Sharks might be something you never considered as an animal that people should keep as a pet but the fact is that different kind of sharks is kept in home aquariums all over the world. A number of these pet shark species adepts very well to an aquarium environment in larger aquarium and are often breed in aquariums. There are also a number of popular freshwater fish that are known as freshwater sharks.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fried Snakeskin Gourami Recipe

Don't you just love eating fish? Especially when it's deep fried and crunchy. Some people likes to eat the whole part of the fish from its meat to its fins and tail. Some even more like it when special seasonings are given to it before it's fried. These seasonings make the fish more savory and rich of taste. Just watch it when frying your fish, or you'll get a soggy fish that is still raw at the inside yet the outside is burnt.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Red Cooked Mahseer Recipe

Mahseer is a carp. So how do we cook it? Scale and gut a Mahseer. Nail it to a plank. Roast over an open fire until the meat flakes. Throw away the fish and eat the plank. Onions and bell pepper may be added. There is also a recipe for baked carp. Scale and gut the fish and split into two halves. Place a brick between the two halves, cover with bell pepper, onion and salt and wrap in tin foil. Bake in an oven for three hours. Unwrap carefully, throw away the carp and eat the brick. It will be better than the carp. Also works with a shingle or, if camping, a river rock. 

Okay relax. I do have a serious recipe for  Mahseer. This is an ancient eastern Chinese recipe. Dated back to the year I-dunno-when. First, of all, you need to have these :

Mahseer Fish : King of the rapids

Mahseer is the common name used for the genera Tor, Neolissochilus, and Naziritor in the family Cyprinidae (carps). The range of this fish is from Malaysia, Indonesia, across southern Asia to Pakistan, including the Indian Peninsula. Oh yeah, this fish have been everywhere. Malaysian called it Kelah. They are commercially important game fish, as well as highly esteemed food fish. Mahseer fetch high market price, that's why some people prefer breeding or fishing them than buying it in the market. However, several of the larger species have suffered severe declines, and are now considered threatened due to pollution, habitat loss and overfishing.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Steamed Tilapia : The Kampong Style

One of my favorite cooking style is steaming fish. Steaming fish is more healthier than deep fry. But of course you all knew that. I just love the taste of steamed fresh fish with simple soy sauce and all the herbs like ginger, garlic, cilantro and scallion. 

Please note if you are using a microwave to steam fish, just use 5 minutes. If you're using a wok it's 20 to 30 minutes. We all know steaming foods in wok takes times like waiting for the water in the wok to heat up or boil before the food can be cooked. Okay, let's get started shall we. First of all, you will need to prepare these ingredient:

Easy Steps On Raising Tilapia

Tilapia are a hardy, fast growing fish with a good (less fishy) taste ideal for warm areas or indoor heated tanks. They are somewhat bony and can be slightly difficult to clean.

The most important thing to know about Tilapia is that there are many types, with wildly different characteristics. And even within one type of Tilapia, the nutritional value of the fish will vary wildly depending on what they were fed. For example, if they are fed primarily corn they will contain more Omega 6 (harmful) than Omega 3 (helpful) fatty acids. Fish grown on flax based feeds will be high in Omega 3s and low in Omega 6's. Even for one individual Tilapia, the ideal temperature and diet will vary over the fish's lifetime.

Snakeskin Gourami

Do you know that snakeskin gourami or Siamese gourami (sepat siam, in Malay) is a species of gourami that is important both as a food fish and as an aquarium fish. They are common in the Mekong and Chao Phraya basin of Cambodia, Thailand, Southern Vietnam, and Laos. They have also been introduced in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and New Caledonia. In the Philippines, they are commonly found in Lake Bombon in Taal, from Lake Mainit in Mindanao, in Laguna de Bay and Lake Buluan. In Malaysia, they can be found in rice paddies, shallow ponds, swamps and the drains too. It is quite easy to spot one in shallow, sluggish, or standing water habitats with a lot of aquatic vegetation.

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