PETS: A trader is doing brisk business selling freshwater specimens for the aquarium
PONTIAN: A 49-year-old trader and his wife have been winning over ornamental fish lovers by selling various freshwater specimens at their stall in Kampung Jasa Sepakat, Pekan Nanas, near here.
Jamal Othman and Marzinah Mohamed, 48, have been selling freshwater fish suitable for aquariums.
Some customers also buy fish to eat.
Among Jamal's bestsellers are toman, haruan and a blue lobster known locally as udang kara.
Jamal said he began selling his fish four years ago as a means to supplement his family's income.
He said many customers stopped by his stall because they were curious and wanted to check out the various fish and other creatures that they didn't know could survive in freshwater aquariums.
For those who own such aquariums, they are interested in keeping udang kara as part of their collection.
These lobsters can grow up to 30cm in length within a month.
Jamal said besides having a lovely colour, udang kara are resilient, and are able to survive by eating algae.
Because of the increased demand for ornamental fish at his stall, Jamal recently opened a hatchery for fish and udang kara.
"This would hopefully help to breed more fish for my business," said Jamal.
He added that his business has helped people to become more familiar with the different types of ornamental fish.
Other fish species available at Jamal's stall are ketutu, bujuk, and some types of fighting fish.