I would like to introduce to you my favourite male in our farm named OCEAN. Initially, I thought he was a “she” due to my inexperience. I was very surprised to see him “holding”.
Why the name Ocean? He has the soothing blue hues of the Ocean. He will have a deep impact on our future BB bloodline like the immense depth of the ocean.
It is not easy to select a “confirmed’ bloodline. But Ocean has proven itself after many years of breeding and detailed observation.
Above is Ocean. This picture might not appeal to some people. Yes, it looks pale. But this photo was taken when I newly introduced it to our farm tank. If you can observe…the “horseshoes”…the core of its’ scale is blue instead of green which appear in many arowana. This confirmed the deep blue base blood he has. Plus, Take a look at the gold streak on all of its finage… look at the full face gold..look at the golden thin fram scale that extends to the abdomen area. Also, its pearlies are blue.
One of the reason that I mistook it as a female was because of the head size ratio to the body. Ocean is huge…approximately 24 inches..at least. Its body is deep.
(Photo by Mr. KT Kim)
Above is one of the offspring from Ocean which we shipped to Korea in 2007. The owner is Mr. Whang You Shin. According to our Korea agent Mr. KT Kim, the blue base only deepened when it was 3 years of age (I have been tracking the growth of this arowana). This is a precious lesson and a comfirmation that bloodline plays an important role in enjoying arowana keeping. Trust the work of bloodline.
(Photo by Mr. Song Meng Hwa – Owner)
Above is another piece of Ocean’s offspring that we shipped to Taiwan in early 2011. The owner is Mr. Song Meng Hwa. We only shipped 5 pieces to Taiwan after much persuasion by our Taiwan agent. The rest of them was kept for our future breeding…the continuation and expansion of Ocean’s bloodline.
As you can confirmed by your eyes, it has very distintive gold colourisation. Ocean bloodline do not need any white tank treatment or sophicated tank system and the sixth scale colourisation will form automatically if given the basic water quality and care. ..It make arowana keeping simple and enjoyable. This is what a good quality arowana bloodline should do.
This was the first batch that Ocean held more than 30 eggs. Before this batch, Ocean usually carried around 15 eggs. Probably, due to the introduction of a new female.
I sincerely hope you can share my joy and appreciate the Ocean Blue line as much as I do. Thank you!
ADDITION: 1st April 2013
I Just came back from Taiwan. I saw another piece of Ocean offspring which was kept as a show piece by one of the distributor there. I am shocked! The previous time when I was there last year…Jul 2012…It was “colourless” and much smaller size at around 15inches. This is one of the 5 piece we shipped to Taiwan in 2011…the same batch as the one above …kept by Mr. Song Meng Hwa. What was disturbing is the colour. It looked totally different from the above one which is very strong in its blue base with thin gold frame. It is fully covered with gold. So where is the blue base??
I have been trying to share with many hobbyists that the environment is critical in bringing out the best colour of the blue base. If one put them (BB aro) in a bright area, it will exhibit less blue base but more gold due to its survival instict. Within an arowana scale, there is a few layer of colour coat (similar to the Betta). Arowana will change its base colour accordingly. However, for a blue base arowana..it will exhibit blue base more readily in a darker tank. I will explain more on this topic in my future blog or maybe, I will ask Dr. Fong who is working with us on other fishes to provide a more scientific explaination.
Above shot was taken by my iphone. This fish is at least 22 inches. Fully crossed with a little bit of dark “skin” to clear. Kept in a clear tank for past 2year in Taiwan. The gold streak at all its finages – super! You can see Ocean blood very clearly. The head shape is identical to its father. Every part of it is covered with gold..the lips…the throat…the stomach. He is slightly above 2 years of age…only. Please allow me…but I am really proud of him.
From the photo, you can still see its hidden blue base. Very even and soothing.
Above is a turning posture. It captured the “golden hand”….the main bone and webs are golden.
What was unique is the dark finage…dorsal, caudal and anal fin. They were covered with gold streak and with a rim of dark greenish blue for the dorsal fin; and greenish red for its tail and anal fin. Why? is this the work of a mutation? I am still observing it….I have asked the owner to move it to a dark tank. I hope to share its beauty when it is given the right environment.
Back in my mind I say to myself…”hey, it looks very good too in a clear tank with full gold!” But again…It is not its original self. The gold is of different intensity from the gold base aro.
I hope I can get more picture of this aro to show you what I mean…
Addition: 27th Dec 2013
This is the same MerLion Royal Ultimate – Ocean Blue as above. It had been transferred to a tank with a black background. It’s about 3 years old now.