Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:45 pm Post subject: Planned trip to Fish Farm at Boisar
I am looking to setup my first ever aquarium, and for this, I was planning a trip to a fish farm at Boisar, on (or beyond) the outskirts of Mumbai, which is actually only a few stations (and about an hour either by road or train) from where I live. A friend of mine developed a contact with a fish farm owner from Boisar, who has a large variety of aquarium fish, and normally sells to larger LFSs and sometimes to hobbyists.
I spoke with the owner over the phone on Friday evening, and he confirmed availability of various guppies, tetras, cichlids, arowana (few available), danios, platies, and gouramis including bettas. There could be more species / varieties available, however, I only enquired about these species / types.
I am looking to procure some small to medium sized, schooling, peaceful fish for my new 130L tank, and thus had sent out feelers for the same.
I am planning to visit there on this Sunday for a preview only, since I have not yet started fishless cycling in my tank. I shall look at the various fishes available, and decide accordingly. Purchasing will be done only after the tank has completed fishless cycling.
Planning to post pics from that trip place here, if members are interested.
(Umm, as the fish farm owner is a friend of a friend of a friend, I would like to establish some form of contact and goodwill with him before I can take some fellow hobbyists on a trip with me.)
Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:44 pm Post subject: Re: Planned trip to Fish Farm at Boisar
Hey people, due to some un avoidable circumstances, I have postponed this trip by 2 weeks. The owner of the fish farm had to unexpectedly go out of town, and I will not be able to go there next Sunday due to earlier family commitments. So, will update on the 5th October.
What this allows me to do, is to cycle my tank for a longer period of time.
Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:42 pm Post subject: Re: Planned trip to Fish Farm at Boisar
I finally managed to scrape some time today, and visited this amazing place.
The in-charge, Mr. Bhambardekar was kind enough to walk me through the basics of being able to manage such a large facility, and appraised me of the efforts required to handle the responsibility of so many teeny tiny lives.
I am attaching herewith photos which I could capture with my overrated phone camera.
The variety of fish he had were:
Snakeskin / cobra guppies,
green varigate guppies (he called them by this name, dunno the actual nomenclature).
green variegated guppies,
electric blue guppies,
Goldfish - fantail and more varieties which I did not get the names of,
3 spot gouramis,
Of these types, we were able to closely observe all except the moscow guppies, green variegated guppies, electric blue guppies. This was due to them being in the deep large vats made into the earth. These vats were so deep, that observing the fish within them was about impossible.
I had 2 of my friends along with me, both of whom are long term aquarium owners, though they are not members of IAH.
I purchased 5 snakeskin/cobra guppies, 5 endler's live bearers, 10 zebra danios, all very young, and small, to the point of being tiny. My friend purchased 2 fantail goldfishes to gift to his father in law.
One thing which I found to be very peculiar was that, this particular fish farm owner refused to sell me any female guppies, saying that its a business policy. The danios which I purchased were so tiny that they were not segregated on the basis of gender, and thus I might have gotten some females, which only time will tell.
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