My family owns and operates a fish farm/ pond management business. I wanted to take everyone on a virtual tour of the hatchery and give a glimpse of this unique, fishy business.
I’ll start with the dock. There are several fish cages holding anything from Bluegill to Catfish that act as “holding tanks” to store fish temporarily before they are sold.
Just for the record, I’ve fallen off the dock once in my lifetime. Yeah, I’ll admit it.
This is a backed up view of the dock and the “main pond”.
The “main pond” really has no purpose other than housing the dock and several aquatic plants. It’s the oldest of all of our ponds and the pond that I grew up with as a kid. That’s why it’ll always be the “main pond” to me at least.
Here are more ponds that hold Hybrid Bluegill, Bass, Catfish, and others. There are five ponds total on this side of the hatchery, two of which you can’t see over the ridge.
This is the packing and shipping building. The fish are put into plastic bags which are filled with oxygen and tied. Then they are boxed and ready to go. We always transport the fish ourselves to ensure the up most quality.
The most amusing question some customers ask is, “Will the fish stay alive in those boxes?”
Answer: No, we make it a regular business practice to ship dead fish. Duh.
Here are more holding tanks and a hanging scale used to weigh out minnows.
Turning to the right is a tank full of medium sized Bass.
Around the corner and to the left is a tank of colorful Goldfish.
Wanna see a Readear (shellcracker)? Wanna know why its called a Readear? Look at the black dot just above the fin with a reddish-orange border. It resembles a “red ear”.
I really don’t know if that’s actually how the fish was named, but it sounds cool right?
My grandmother has two greenhouses full of tropical Koi and aquatic plant life. Lets go have a look.
This is the larger of the two greenhouses. You can see the tropical Koi in the middle section and water plants in the side bins. It feels like you are in the Amazon rainforest when inside this thing. Its hot and I mean HOT.
Turning to the left. My grandmother has one heck of a green thumb. And she has frogs that spit water.
Continuing on is the smaller greenhouse.
Turning the corner, just outside of the greenhouses, there are four large containers holding Lily pads among other water plants.
Here is one of many perfectly groomed gardens my grandmother has.
Walking forward, you will run into a rocky water garden with a zen like waterfall. Its relaxing.
Well, relaxing until you run face to beak into one of the largest birds you’ve ever seen…
Now that’s something you don’t see in every-day-ville-Ohio. A Peacock.
Ok ok, so it’s not a wild animal.. my grandmother also raises Peacocks. Her Peacocks are rather domesticated. So domesticated in fact that they have been known to eat out of the palm of her hand. But only hers. She’s like the Peacock whisperer.
Welp, that concludes the tour of Marlow’s Fisheries. I hope you all enjoyed the virtual “walk through” and gained a sense of what life is like on the fish farm.
Now buy some fish. You are obligated.