Why Buy British?

Buy British FishFor well over a hundred years, ornamental fish have been imported into the UK. Until the 1980s that was the only choice but our knowledge of breeding ornamental fish has caught up with the rest of the world and now a handful of home producers compete with best.

Being a British fish farm we are obviously going to promote home grown fish. You would expect that wouldn’t you? But what are the real issues with imported fish?

British Fish

Conditioning

British fish have grown slowly and are consequently stronger and more vigorous than imported stock.

Transport Stress

Our fish are starved for 48 hours prior to an overnight delivery to your business. We can stock them at densities that minimise the stress and ensure that they do not suffer any water quality affects.

Biosecurity

Our farm has the highest possible biosecurity status awarded by the Ministry. If you buy our fish you know where they have come from, we can even tell you the name of the person who counted them into the bag!

Support

You can contact us immediately in the unlikely possibility that there is a problem with your order. We are always able to help you and we try and make it a pleasure!

Sustainability

Our fish don’t have to travel round the world before they end up in your tank or pond Minimal transport costs, suppliers you can trust. ‘Greener’ fish for your pond all round!

Imported Fish

Conditioning

An imported fish is not conditioned to our environment. The massive changes in water temperatures and water quality often trigger outbreaks of infections, ulcers etc. which can result in considerable losses.

Transport Stress

Imported fish have to be sorted, starved , crammed into a bag (they need to really pack them in to make the transport cost effective), driven to an airport, flown half way round the world in a baggage compartment , held in a cargo shed for a day before being transported to and finally released at your site.

They will have had to be lifted and loaded in and out of transport at least 10 times with all of the associated impact and stress. By this stage the build-up of CO2 and ammonia has the potential to not only stress the fish but damage their delicate gill tissues. How would you feel after this? Once again it is no wonder that it triggers outbreaks of infections, ulcers etc. which can result in considerable losses.

Biosecurity

Where have all of the fish come from? How certain can you be of their origin? What diseases and pathogens have they been exposed to? Often imported stock have been grown on small farms, moved into collecting stations and mixed with fish from maybe dozens of other producers. This is a sure fire way of spreading disease to all of your other stock.

Support

Who can you contact if there is a problem with your stock, if the size or numbers are wrong or there are mortalities in a bag? It is not going to be easy to sort out.