'Monstrous' fish at MacRitchie: Don't breed species if you can't keep them, say fish collectors

Baby alligator gar can be bought for around $5 from aquarium shops, but can grow to 1m long in two to three years.
Baby alligator gar can be bought for around $5 from aquarium shops, but can grow to 1m long in two to three years.PHOTOS: GIN TAY, MICHAEL BRAIM
An adult alligator gar at a River Safari exhibit in 2013.
An adult alligator gar at a River Safari exhibit in 2013.PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - An avid fish collector for the past 11 years, Mr Clarence Ng, 25, has reared many species of "monster" fish, such as gars, snakeheads and bichirs.

Hooked on angling in his teenage years, Mr Ng's first encounter with a giant snakehead back in 2010 sparked his fascination with such "monster" fishes.

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