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post #1 of 5 Old 01-21-2012, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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The Great Mahseer Fish

Hello there,

is there anybody know about mahseer fish? this kind of freshwater fish were incredible awesome, it have beautiful colorful scales, majestic look, some people in my country may even treats this fish as a "God Fish" many people say that this fish have a supernatural power based on the native story / legeds.

In other country, this fish is commonly used used as a premium consumption fish with incredible price such as in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc. For those who have tasted, it said that this fish have an incredible delicate taste and also unique edible scales.

Mahseer fish also commonly used as a game fish, some anglers may even said that the thrill of casting masheer is incredible, it have tremendous power and mahseer can grow up into 25kg++ in the wild.

below is the profile for Mahseer fish


Mahseer is the common name used for the genera Tor, Neolissochilus, and Naziritor in the family Cyprinidae (carps). The name Mahseer is however more often restricted to members of the genus Tor. The range of this fish is from Malaysia, Indonesia, across southern Asia to Pakistan, including the Indian Peninsula. They are commercially important game fish, as well as highly esteemed food fish. Mahseer fetch high market price, and are potential candidate species for aquaculture.Several of the larger species have suffered severe declines, and are now considered threatened due to pollution, habitat loss and overfishing.

The taxonomy of the mahseers is confusing due to the morphological variations they exhibit. In developing strategies for aquaculture and propagation assisted rehabilitation of mahseer species, there is a need to resolve taxonomic ambiguities.

Mahseers inhabit both rivers and lakes, ascending to rapid streams with rocky bottoms for breeding. Like other types of carps, they are omnivorous, eating not only algae, crustaceans, insects, frogs, and other fish, but also fruits that fall from trees overhead.

The first species from this group were scientifically described by Francis Buchanan-Hamilton in 1822, and first mentioned as an angling challenge by the Oriental Sporting Magazine in 1833, soon becoming a favorite quarry of British anglers living in India. The golden mahseer has been known to reach 2.75 m (9 ft) in length and 54 kg (118 lb) in weight, although specimens of this size are rarely seen nowadays. In addition to being caught for sport, mahseer are also part of commercial fishing and ornamental or aquarium fish.

In all over the world, Mahseer fish species were expected have more than 25 species, where some of them have been identified as:

  • Tor Tambroides;
  • Tor Soro;
  • Tor Douronensis;
  • Tor Tambra;
  • Tor Ater;
  • Tor Laterivittatus;
  • Tor Polyplepis;
  • Tor Sinensis;
  • Tor Mosal;
  • Tor Kulkarnii;
  • Tor Musullah;
  • Tor Progeneus;
  • Tor Puttitora (The Golden Mahseer);
  • Tor Tor;
  • Tor Khudree;
  • Tor Brevifilis;
  • Tor Hemispinus;
  • Tor Qiaojiensis;
  • Tor Yunnanensis;


Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Teleostomi
Order : Cypriniformes
Family : Cyprinidae
Genus : Tor


Air Temperature : 25° C – 31°C
Water Temperature : 22° C – 28°C
Water Acidity (pH) : 6.5 ppm - 7 ppm
Water Dissolved Oxygen Level (DO) : 7.1 ppm - 8.9 ppm
Water Depth : 2m (500gr - 1kg UP) ; 45cm (Jouvenile)
Water Flow Rate : > 7 L/m (100gr - 500gr) ; 3 - 5 L/m (1kg UP) ; < 2 L/m (jouvenile)
Substrate : Rocks, Gravel


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post #2 of 5 Old 01-21-2012, 10:39 AM
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Thank you for the information bu this fish should NOT be kept in the home aquarium by anyone. They require enormous tanks that are way over what anyone is likely to have.

5000 gallons is about average for this fish but with a price tag of around $400,000 US for that size tank, NOT going to happen. That is for a fully grown adult.

Professional fish farms and public aquariums can keep them.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-21-2012, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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not really,

the fish grow rate is very slow, from my experience it takes about 2 year to grow from juvenile sized 5cm to 30cm (1kg weight) in the pond sized 4m (Wide) x 8m (Length) x 2m (Depth).

in an aquarium, the fish tends to reduce its grow rate, some of my mahseer fish were seemed to stop grows in an aquarium sized 1.5 m (length) x 0.60 m (wide) x 0.70 (depth) i have it from 10cm size but for almost 4 years it seems stopped growing at 25cm size.

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post #4 of 5 Old 01-22-2012, 03:24 PM
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It has likely stopped growing because of the conditions. Too small a space will affect the growth of any fish, both from the physical space standpoint and by the water quality that goes with the space. The fish will always require a larger water space than it currently needs in order to continue to develop properly.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-22-2012, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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some mahseer types need large places because they can grow out to almost 2m size like Tor Puttitora (Golden Mahseer / Himalayan Mahseer), but some other mahseer species like tor duronensis & tor soro (also known as blue mahseer) can only grown about 30cm - 35cm with +/- 2kg-3kg of weight which is suitable in a pond.

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