Why Buy Florida Fish?
One of the most important questions that must be considered when looking to sell fish is where you want to purchase the fish from. When choosing between imported and Florida farm-raised tropical fish, you need to look at more than just the list price and determine how to best satisfy the needs of your customers. Price, size, health, and quality all combine to influence how willing your customer is to make a purchase and how satisfied they are when they do.
The variety of tropical fish available from Florida farms is staggering. There are more than fifty distinct varieties of swordtails and mollies, dozens of species of tetras, barbs, and gouramis, including delicate species such as Neon and Cardinal Tetras, Placostomus and Corydoras, and a number of varieties of angelfish, as well as unusual species such as Australian rainbowfish, glassfish, gobies, discus, armored catfish, killifish, knifefish and a wide range of African and Neotropical cichlids.
True Cost. Value.
Foreign exporters often offer fish with a lower list price, but the additional freight, customs, and other import clearance charges quickly raise the actual cost of the fish. In order to minimize these charges, exporters must pack as many fish as possible into each bag, which leads to smaller fish being shipped. When supplied from Florida fish farms, you are likely to receive larger fish, such as Tiger Barbs that are the size of a quarter, not a dime.
The additional time in transit that it takes for fish to arrive from a foreign exporter also leads to problems that arise as the result of shipping stress. This stress, particularly in fish that are younger and smaller, can weaken the fish’s immune system, leaving them vulnerable to illness and often requiring more time in acclimation and quarantine. With Florida bred fish, you can be confident in knowing that you will receive larger, healthier fish at a great price.
The Best Tropical Fish and Plants Come From Florida
Ultimately, there are a number of factors that determine the quality of fish that are produced. The strength and quality of the breeding stock, the knowledge and skill of the breeder, and the amount of work and attention to detail put into the breeding process will affect the quality of the fish that are produced. Florida tropical fish farmers recognize this challenge and constantly strive to produce the best quality fish.