Many years ago in the mid eighties the editor of the bi monthly aquaculture journal ‘Fishfarmer’ visited us and wrote an article called ‘Gold comes from Goldfish.’ Since then we have sold many millions fish into the aquatic trade. After last year’s fabulous summer weather we have better stock than ever. Just look at the intensity of colour on our goldfish as they are being harvested for sale.
It may surprise you that they all owe their fabulous pigment to the plankton that we rear in the ponds. The plankton bloom is triggered and sustained over the summer months by regularly adding slurry.
It may sound like an unlikely combination. Surely the slurry will pollute the ponds? And of course it does pollute the ponds if added in too great a volume. However, if you add the right amount, it will provide the vital micro nutrients to sustain a healthy bloom of algaes and zooplankton. These in turn form part of the diet of our fish and give them their deep and beautiful pigmentation. It is not just the golds that come through.
Look at some of the pictures below to see the varieties and quality of the pigmentation.