We are excited to welcome Robert Vang’s first fish shop, Vang’s Plakat Aquaria, 7811 W. Burleigh St, as a sponsor of Silver City Asian Fest this year. Vang’s Plakat Aquaria has successfully expanded its business from sole e-commerce to the combination of online shopping and in-person services, and hosted the grand opening at their storefront last weekend.
Vang’s Plakat Aquaria started selling fish online beginning in 2008. Vang has imported approximately 50 different kinds of fish from Thailand and Vietnam and bred them in the United States. According to Vang, around 80% of the species are betta splenden in addition to an array of other wild type bettas such as the betta mahachai, betta smaragdina, betta albimarginata and betta imbellis.
Vang has had an interest in breeding fish his whole life. “I first started off a small gallon tank that my father had bought for me. We just had some basic fishes, like gold fishes,” said Vang.
As an expert in caring fishes, Vang encourages all fish lovers to come to his shop and ask questions. Vang said that every customer should “get to know the fish before they buy them.” Take betta splenden as an example. They are naturally territorial, which indicates that people should keep them in separate tanks and use paper to avoid them from seeing one another. Vang suggested that “one fish per tank, otherwise they will fight.”
Are you interested in welcoming a fish to your home? Do you want to learn more about caring for fish? Ask Robert Vang for help! Come to Asian Fest and find Vang’s Plakat Aquaria.