Our tropical fish farm, located in Ruskin, Florida, is on its third generation of ownership. Steve and Chere acquired the farm from Steve's parents who dug the original 15 acres in 1965. Now their children, Ty and Chrissy, operate the original farm and three additional farms in the area.

The ponds are approximately 100 feet long, 30 feet wide, and about 6 feet deep. The gentle slope allows for ease of seining and trap setting. Ponds are natural earth, no linings. They are pumped out each year, sometimes several times during a season. They are then sanitized with lime (below) and sprinkled with cottonseed meal to feed the natural bacteria and earth.

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Recently pumped pond showing lime on banks. The water is already naturally returning. This pond was dry one day earlier.

These are plecostamus egg clusters. They are harvested in the wild by professionals from local rivers, canals and lakes. We buy and hatch them at our facility where they are then put outside to flourish in a natural environment. We sell many thousands of these tank cleaning catfish all year. However, the laying period is very short. They are harvested from May to August.

Above are medium sized (4") plecos that were brought in for sale. These fish are seined rather than caught in conventional traps.

Our velvet and velvet wags are a brilliant, deep red in color. It is our signature fish.

 

 

We raise two types of fish: egglayers and livebearers. The livebearer breeders are put into the ponds where they multiply and rear their young year 'round. They are then trapped, culled, counted, packed and shipped.

The livebearers are culled and counted at poolside.

Hundreds of fish are trapped and only the finest, uniform specimens are selected.

Fish are brought into the holding area in buckets, then transferred to tanks, and later to shipping bags where they find new homes in aquariums around the nation.