Giant Siamese carp, Giant Barb, Mother of all carp (Thai name is ปลากระโห้), The Siamese giant carp is the largest carp species in the world (the largest species of cyprinid in the world) and found in Thailand waters and along the Mekong River through Cambodia down to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The biggest ever recorded fish was reportedly Maximum size: 9 feet/3 meters. and 300kg (661 lb) and caught in Thailand, in the wild with a net. The Giant barb has very large Dark Silver Grey/ Black scales with Light Grey/ Dark blue/ Dark green edges. A colossal mouth with Pink/Skin colored lips.
In its native habitat, the Siamese giant carp feeds on vegetation, worms, crustations, and insects. Like most barb fish species, it will move around the riverbed, hoovering up food with its gigantic mouth. Its favored conditions would be profound, weedy, slow-moving or still waters.
The Giant Siamese Carp in Thailand is renowned for its elusive and wily nature and can be a very challenging and satisfying fish to catch.
Giant Siamese Carp, although threatened in their natural environment of Thailand’s rivers, has thrived in several fishing venues in Thailand, reaching incredible weights in excess of a magical 100kg’s.
In Aquarium, Considered to be one of the largest freshwater fish globally, it is aquacultured in large farms in Thailand primarily for the food fish trade. Due to its immense size and active swimming habits, this fish requires a truly enormous custom aquarium or indoor pond. It is relatively peaceful, however, and will coexist well with other large tankmates.