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nacra99
01-27-2009, 02:21 AM
Hey all!
I finally made it to Singapore...
If you think houston is hot and humid.....let me tell you that Singapore is HOT AND HUMID! I'm pretty much getting my 6 glasses a day by simply BREATHING!:cry:

I've been fish farm hopping all week meeting people and i came across "BETTA 26", owned and operated by the award winning Ho Soon Hai. Here's some results from his 2007 betta circuit run. He has winners in almost every category!
http://www.betta4u.com/cms/news.php?extend.70.6

Mr Ho was nice enuff to let me take pics. Many farms that i've visited were not so accommodating.

Anyway... without further ado.... here are some pics......


1. The place was pretty obscure, no flashy lights or conspicuous signage. Only a little sign of his award winning plakat is all the "advertising" he needs.
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/01a.JPG


2) So we go to the "farm" ... nothing more than a wooden shack overgrown (on the inside) with ficus plants
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/02aa.JPG

nacra99
01-27-2009, 02:26 AM
3) He has a pinup poster by the door with all his award winning plakats.
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/02ab.jpg


4) Step past the door... a betta fanatic's heaven....
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/03a.jpg


5) So many bettas...I'm excited like a little boy!!!!..........
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/04a.jpg


6) Oh God... i think i wet my knickers........
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/05a.jpg

nacra99
01-27-2009, 02:31 AM
7) So i noticed that all the water was brown...
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/06a.jpg


8) So i asked him what the deal was with all the brown water. He takes me out back and points at some brewing buckets. Indian Almond Leaves! "Ketapang".
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/07a.jpg


9)Just to give you an idea of the size of his jars. Note.. they get 100% water changes every 2-3 days. Champions get daily waterchanges with freshly brewed "ketapang" water.
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/08a.jpg


10) Buncha empty jars out back.
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/09a.jpg

nacra99
01-27-2009, 02:41 AM
11) Growout "tanks". Nothing more than large terracotta pots. I'm amazed that the fry don't get boiled sitting out in the sun like that.
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/10a.jpg

12)Championship betta feed....
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/11a.jpg


13) Live Tubifex worms.
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/12a.jpg


14) Guess where the culls go......
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/13a.jpg


15) Mr Ho lets me take a pic of his finest red plakats. The pic doesn't do it justice. These are some of the deepest reddest 8-ray plakats that i have ever seen.
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/14a.jpg


16) Pic with the man himself. Being of small built, he asks me how i got to be so huge... i tell him is the steroid laden texas beef.
Many thanks to Mr Ho for allowing me to take pics.
I have his contact info if anyone is interested in "group orders".
http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ehmwong/fishbox/bettafarm/15a.jpg


tomorrow... arrow farms!

fishlady
01-27-2009, 04:18 AM
that is so cool......
thank you so much for sharing your adventures .....
those are some very beautiful fish indeed.....
have fun on your adventures there...can't wait to see the rest....

PhishPhreek
01-27-2009, 08:14 AM
You know I'd love to add one of his dark red HM's to my stable.
You didn't happen to bring any back in your pockets ? :roll:

eklikewhoa
01-27-2009, 08:35 AM
Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

szidlon
01-27-2009, 08:47 AM
What a great trip, thanks for sharing!

fishboyt
01-27-2009, 08:49 AM
The "Tanks" he has are like what the fry live in when they are in the wild. Maybe I should build a shack in my backyard to spawn my bettas in. Now he's got me thinking.

jeebus
01-27-2009, 10:22 AM
I'm not into Bettas but really enjoyed your report and all the pictures. Thanks!

thekarens
01-27-2009, 11:33 AM
Wow!!!

algarciajr
01-27-2009, 11:35 AM
wow, that is so cool. 100% water changes every 2-3 days = a lot of work. Thanks for sharing.

HoustonFishFanatic
01-27-2009, 01:19 PM
Great pics. I was not lucky as you when I visited some of the farms in Singapore. All of them frowned at my camera.
Thanks
Bhushan

nacra99
01-28-2009, 05:39 AM
I was quite tempted to hide some away in my pockets... after all he sells most bettas at $3 each locally, compared to $20+ by the time it reaches the U.S.

Betta 26 has a guy whose sole job it is to do wc's. It takes him 2-3 days to get through all the jars and then start all over again. Hence 2-3 day wc's per jar. Apparently the turnover rate for that position is quite high. I was told that water changers usually quit after 3 months of monotony.

Yah... unfortunately i wasn't able to take any more pics from any other farms. Most farms here have a "camera patrol" whose job it is to scream at unwitting tourists who whip out their cameras.

fishlady
01-28-2009, 07:25 AM
that's just so wrong of them not to let you take pictures of this facinating place......
we should've wired you with a "candid camera" before you went....
but thanks for the pics you did get and sharing them with us....
hope your having a great trip over there.....come back safely....

Tameyourself
01-28-2009, 01:36 PM
Great Pictures!!!

76dragon
01-28-2009, 01:58 PM
awasome , let see the arrow farm pics now

nacra99
01-28-2009, 02:46 PM
awasome , let see the arrow farm pics now

man... i wish i had some more, but the arowana farms had a no camera policy. Apparently they are protecting their trade secrets.

Four years ago however, i managed to sneak in a camera and got these really SAD :cry: pics of arows from the same farm i visited yesterday (see link). Perhaps that's why they don't want people taking photos of their stuff anymore.

http://forum.simplydiscus.com/showthread.php?t=44448

One thing i noticed in almost all the farms is that they have huge groves of indian almond trees growing directly over growout ponds. Perhaps that's the secret to breeding $5000 arowanas.

fishlady
01-28-2009, 03:12 PM
those are horrible pictures of torture to precious life forms...i can't imagine a human that could sleep at night wanting to do that to those fish...
i'm glad i'll never see those farms....i wouldn't be able to keep calm at all....

crazybettaman
02-08-2009, 11:20 PM
holly gee willerkers batman, that was too cool