Shanghai Flower and Fish Market

China – Shanghai, 18 October 2009
Image During his visit to Shanghai for Shaquaria 2009, Heiko made a side trip to the most famous Flower and Ornamental fish market and made amazing discoveries. And the Tetra-Studend Pan Hongyu guided and translated for him.

 

 
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Already over the entrance to the very large Flower and Ornamental Fisk market in Shanghai was written Better City – Better Life in English (rare to find) and was not only a guide for more natural (plant and fish) city but also making people aware of the upcoming 2010 Worl Expo which will take place in Shanghai (and 4 years later in Milan…)

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There was an immense variety of ceramics and terra cotta pots for plants, at extreme low prices. But also some shops with very rare hand-painted ceramics. In one shop with an amazing large beautiful Rock full with fossils, was a man doing handicraft. I wonder what is was and then saw it is a special box for a Grasshopper. This is high fashion and big business. They built the box with a special wire on top, which intensifies the sound of the Grasshopper and it is music in the airs… a new toy. And they are also sold as fighters, the males only individual kept. Actually I found out later it is big business in China today. Man have their special fighting Grasshoppers and they go to large extent of betting, each Discus breeder I visited had many Grasshoppers… 

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On the flower market there were all kinds of very nicely cultivated plants, even many kinds of South American bromeliads, rare (and red) cactus as well as the carnivorous Nepenthas.

 
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Nice rocks with tiny villages and bridges built into it and waterfalls, as well as fish-fountains.

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At the end of the Flower and plant section were the ornamental fish section started, was one very large aquarium shop, Cheng Mao. I was astonished with their quality of plants, fishes and the aquascape or only just nicely planted aquariums. They had also different models of Nan-aquariums and gave to fishes their correct decoration, as in nature, like for these Loricariids (lower right). Not many aquarium shops like this in Europe to be found…

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Behind the large store was the street with hundreds of smaller aquarium shops and open market for Goldfish and Koi, for feeds and supplies.

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Some sold plastic plants, but the majority had beautiful planted aquariums and with really incredible beautiful submersed plants – and rare ones.

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The aquarium plants were sold from these beautiful set-up aquariums, rarely outside from trays. And one can buy the underwater grass mats just like it is done for the lawn…

 

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There were exclusive Discus shops (upper) and the majority are red, white or blue. Although there is a Symphysodon discus on the door painted no wild discus can be seen anywhere.

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Almost every shop is specialized in a particular variety of aquarium fishes and this one had only Flower horn cichlids. The upper one sold for 2000 USD, the lower one for 1200 USD.

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This shop was specialized in pearl-scale albino angelfishes with a striking red head and all the way to the dorsal fin…

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…another one was specialized in imports and rare fishes, like Monodactylus sebae (upper left), Badis badis (upper right),  beautiful red-eyed Hemigrammus pulcher and a Nemachelid I had never seen before, from southern China.

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 Unfortunately also in China these terribly colour-injected poor fishes (which have to die soon) are sold also, and some even now with pot full of flowers “painted” on its sides (lower).

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