The Giant Carp (Catlocarpio siamensis) is the biggest carp of Southeast-Asia with allegedly up to 3 m of length. However, such large animals have never been scientifically confirmed. The largest documented specimen was “only” about 150 cm long. In nature the Mekong giant carp is probably extinct or at least very, very rare. Fortunately, the species can be bred in aquaculture, so that at least complete extinction is not to be feared. The causes for the extinction in nature are, as usual, the destruction of the biotopes and habitats by humans, whereby the large migratory fish hardly ever get old enough to reproduce naturally. The massive fishing for food purposes certainly also has an influence on the stocks, but how strong it is, has not been scientifically researched yet.
Of course, the young of this strange fish, which we currently have in stock, come from aquaculture, so they are bred ones. They are peaceful, somewhat shy animals that are easy to feed with all common fish foods.
For our customers: the animals have code 408172 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesalers.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer