Our goldfish business has been loosing money for a few years now. It got so bad that we could barely break even on the utility expenses…. let alone making anything for the hours put into it. It had long since become time to hang it up, but it’s also something I very much enjoy doing so we kept at it.
Then, in January, a big tree fell down in a wind storm. A really big tree. The base of the trunk is about six to eight feet in diameter (click here to see photo). What you cannot see in the photo is the fish hatchery building along with seventy-five glass tanks flattened by the impact. Adjacent to the hatchery are a fifteen lined ponds that now lie below a ten foot deep blanket of limbs and branches. You can't even get close enough to take a good photo of it. Removing it all is daughtning so we’re just going to turn it all into a garden architectural feature and see how it evolves. That part is going well so far.
We still have other groups of ponds and above-ground tubs. We still have goldfish but many variety bloodlines were lost. We could put up a new building and start again in earnest but, really, what’s the point. So, for now at least, we’re out of business. We are cobbling together a small hatchery for spring 2020. I always get the urge to grow fry in the spring. However, fish will not be available for sale again until late 2020 or early 2021.
To all those who have purchased fish from us in the past, we would like to express our heart-felt appreciation. It really is a fun thing to do and you gave me an excuse to do it full time.
No one will ever know all there is to know about goldfish. That is a large part of what makes them so interesting and so much fun. In addition, there is no single best path or technique. What works well for one person may not work for another. I do not profess to be the best goldfish expert around. However, I am happy to share what I know and think about selecting, keeping and breeding goldfish. Click here to send an e-mail with your questions or observations. I almost always respond within eight hours.
49-041 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 USA