Friday, September 25, 2009

Mr. Makario, My Daugher’s Pet Tilapia (St. Peter’s Fish, Tilapiine Cichlid)

This is my daughter’s pet fish. When I got it from the pet shop, it was about the size of a 20 cents coin. In fact it only cost me 20 sen each! I actually bought 10 red tilapias, but they fought among each other and this is the only one survive. Anglers would use small tilapia as bait fish. Since it is pinkish in colour, tilapia can attract the attention of predatory fishes like the Toman (Giant Snakehead). Tilapia (hong fei chow) is supposed to be a very hardy fish and they grow very fast. She named it ‘Makario’ (Male Greek name, for blessed). I am not sure whether the Mr. Makario is male or female. LOL! Makario would surface whenever it sees my daughter. When he is hungry he would push the bubble sinker against the wall to make some ‘tong tong’ sound. He reminds us of his feeding time! Smart fish! My little 22 months old toddler likes to put his hand in the water and play with Makario. Makario would not bite but I am worried that the sharp fins might poke his hands! Can you guess what my daughter’s response was when I said that since Makario has grown so big, it will make a good ‘Nyonya Assam Fish’ dish! He he he!

9 comments:

smallkucing said...

cry?

CheaHS@n said...

Gee thought she would cry and protest not to kill her Makario what a surprise. Your toddler can play with Tilapia it's Ok, but never Toman nanti jari di-makan-ed.

Ayie said...

she said "daddy you cannot touch my fish" you're so cruel!
ahahaha

tilapias are nice for eating...I admit and for pets =)

Pete said...

smallkucing : She did not cry but protested so loud that my neighbours thought what happened! LOL!

Ayie : Mr. Makario is real cute and chubby, I don't think I will have the heart to kill and eat it! he he he!

Pete said...

Bro Cheah : Next time you come to my house I belanja u makan Assam Tilapia...he he he! Toman....meat very tough!

CheaHS@n said...

'Tilapia' kah, 'tak kirapia' kah or 'tidak apa pia' kah shall eat any 'pia fish' from the market but certainly not your daughter's Mr Makario.. haha. Thanks for the Assam Tilapia will drop by one day.

mNhL said...

Gosh...nobody will wants to kill his/her own pet. My brother used to have a pet fish too (kalui). One day, my uncle saw the fish has grown so big and said kalui's flesh are very tender and sweet. Of course my brother protest. When the fish die of old age, he rather burried it than eat it! LOL.

Pete said...

Bro Cheah, ha ha ha, every pia also got! LOL!

mnhL : I think Kalui meat a bit bland,but very fleshy. Most fresh water fish, the meat are bland not so sweet like seawater fish. Wah, must have grown very big, die of old age!

mommyscchoo@yahoo.com said...

how strange, in my home, only my hubby & myself keep pet fish, the rest of the kids have no interest. my hubby has 4 x 4' big aquariums, a pond and i have a goldfish bowl. ini terbalik punya family.

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