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International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2018, Vol. 6, Issue 4, Part E

Hobbyist’s preferences and trends in aquarium fish business at Sylhet Sadar Upazila, Bangladesh


Author(s): Abu Saleh Md. Arif, Sadia Nusrat, Dr. Md. Shahab Uddin, Dr. Md. Tariqul Alam and Md. Rasel Mia

Abstract: A quest was conducted for the initial assessment of hobbyist’s preferences for aquarium keeping and present trends in aquarium fish business at Sylhet Sadar Upazila for a period of six months from April to September 2017. The aquarium shop owners found to sell ornamental fishes, new aquariums and aquarium accessories such as artificial plants, lights, stones, heaters, aerators, feeds, medicines etc. In case of hobbyist, it was found that most of them (40%) were youngsters and in the age group of 20-30 years. In the present study, 40% aquarium users were having less than 2 years experience and 36% were having 3 to 5 years experience in aquarium keeping. Maximum number of the users (70%) was keeping aquarium fish for their attractive color, 20% for their behavior and 10% for others activities performed by aquarium fish. Only 22 species of ornamental fish recorded to be sold in the surveyed shops belonging to 4 orders- Perciformes (45.45%), Cypriniformes (40.91%), Siluriformes (9.09%) and Characiformes (4.55%). The price of a pair of ornamental fish in Sylhet sadar ranged within BDT 50-1500. The highest retail price (1500 BDT/pair) was for Discus fish followed by Red Parrot (1000 BDT/pair) and Oscar (650 BDT/pair). All the recorded species were exotic and all those fish were brought from Katabon area of Dhaka city and Chittagong city. There was no local aquarium fish hatchery found in the study. Most of the shop owners (80%) were having experience in aquarium trade for less than five years. As a means of business promotion strategy Facebook (40%), Bikroy.com (40%) and visiting cards (20%) were used by the shop owners. This indicates a greater dependence on internet for business promotion by the aquarium shop owners. Transportation of fish and diseases were identified as main difficulties in aquarium business.

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How to cite this article:
Abu Saleh Md. Arif, Sadia Nusrat, Dr. Md. Shahab Uddin, Dr. Md. Tariqul Alam and Md. Rasel Mia. Hobbyist’s preferences and trends in aquarium fish business at Sylhet Sadar Upazila, Bangladesh. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies. 2018; 6(4): 392-398.
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