Search

£8,000 fish on sale in Manor Park

14:01 12 May 2014

Bin the super red arowana fish that is priced at £8,000 Photo: David Mirzoeff

Bin the super red arowana fish that is priced at £8,000 Photo: David Mirzoeff

Archant

Newham is famously home to the “one pound fish” but a much more expensive variety is also on sale in the borough.

Manor Aquatics Centre is selling a £8,000 arowana, a fish which is regarded as auspicious in China.

The two foot long fish, which has a microchip implanted behind its gill to track it, is native to Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore although this one has been specially bred in order to achieve its remarkable colour.

But, as the owner of the Romford Road shop Neil Chavda explains, finding the fish a new home is about far more than just finding someone who is willing to cough up the cash.

“We don’t want any old Tom, Dick or Harry coming to buy it,” he said, “It is like if you have a daughter and a guy wants to marry her, you would want to know what they do and how they are going to support her.

“You need to find things out, especially with specialist fish, including how big the fish tank is and what the filtration system is like. You want to make sure that it is going to go to a home not just to a guy who has got a few quid.”

The fish, which has been nicknamed “Bin” for short as its variety is known as a bintang super red, is nicknamed the dragon fish in China.

In Chinese mythology, it is believed that if you keep an arowana in your house, is he is happy then your business will prosper.

Bin has become quite an attraction to customers visiting the shop, which also stocks much cheaper aromana varieties.

“He is red but every scale is clearly defined in gold.” Neil said. “He looks at you and tries to work out what you are thinking.”

It is not the first time that Manor Aquatics has stocked an unusual (and pricey) animal. A shark used to be up for sale - and was nicknamed Belinda “because she had eyes like Belinda Carlisle”.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00
Navreen Arles of Stratford Voices. Picture: Belinda Lawley

Love to sing? Then why not join an uplifting vocal choir specialising in rock, pop and musical mash-ups.

London
Yesterday, 12:00
Samuel Casely as Keir Hardie shaking the hand of Abubacarr Bah as a dock worker     Picture: Prodeepta Das

A play about the election of the borough’s most famous MP has enjoyed a run of community performances.

Kingsford Community School
Yesterday, 09:00
Olympic triathlon bronze medalist Vicky Holland helping the national campaign #YourGOTRI

Just five days after becoming the first British woman ever to claim an Olympic triathlon medal, one of the Rio stars was in town to try and get more people involved in her sport.

Elizabeth Olympic
Fri, 18:34
Students at Lister Community School celebrate their GCSE results

Students across the borough have defied the national trend and shown an improvement in GCSE grades.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Read more
Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now