The Masheer is a prize freshwater fish growing up to 2 meters long, majestic and revered for its beauty.
From the Himalayas through the Indian subcontinent and around to China via South-Eastern Asia this fish has a long history. The Mahseer fish as an emblem of the highest honour in royalty is allegedly from Persian origin and was adopted by various Indian courts and nobles.
In Indonesia, it goes by the name Tor Soro, being of the Tor genus. They have been researched extensively and for a long time, they were listed endangered and are now heavily restricted in lakes and rivers but open for faring. Highly prised as an exotic eating fish, particularly in China, it has a high market price. This is off-set by the slow growth of the fish and the time it takes to mature. Breeding only takes place after 6 years.
We have brought nine of these majestic creatures to the farm from a government research centre. Three are male, six are female. They are slightly over 5 years old. Our aim is to raise and breed them in the stable aquaponics environment We do not plan to sell them but to keep them to serve the plant growing in the aquaponics.
Aquaponics is the symbiotic relationship between fish and plants. The ammonia in fish waste converts to nitrate and feeds the plants. In turn, the ammonia is removed from the water and is again suitable for the fish as it recycles. Mature aquaponics uses 10% of the water needed to grow the same amount of plants. It grows healthier pants faster than typical in-ground growing.
The Tor Soro join our existing Nile Tilapia.