Nghi Tam village is a very popular place for flowers and fish, especially fighting fish. I see hundreds of people driving past my house everyday with lots of tiny plastic bags containing fish hanging on long sticks.
As you can see in the pictures, the breeders put these fish in beer bottles or soft drink bottles which are chopped off at the top or in big concrete pools. I wondered why there were so many bottles around their houses until today. I went along to one of my neighbours and bought three fish and I started talking to them. This is one of the traditional trades which has been going on here for over 50 years. The seller told me that she sells hundreds of fighting fish everyday because this is summer time so lots of kids come to buy them to play with at home.
To actually make the fish fight, people shake the bottle which has two fishes in it and then stop and look at their fishes fighting each other. I asked people and they said that "shaking the bottle makes the fish drunk then they will fight even stronger". It's a bit strange, probably cruel, and not really something I would do. My three fish are in separate bowls.
Most fighting fish are sold at about 1 year old. There are lots of different colors. Some are imported from Thailand then they are mixed with Vietnamese fish. One fighting fish costs from 10,000Vnd and gold fish cost 20,000Vnd depending on the size. You can choose fish from the bottles which are smaller than the fish arranged on the shelves If you buy them on the street, they are a bit more expensive.