Well, what do you do with a goldfish in a half-gallon plastic bag in order to keep your 5 and 3-year-old daughters from having a traumatic life and death experience?
You keep the darn thing alive, that's what!
I can still picture it, an innocent county fair, a little girl covering her eyes with one hand, throwing a ping-pong ball with the other, and oh brother! We are the proud owners of a "feeder goldfish."
A "feeder" is a fish destined to end up being dinner for a big carnivorous fish.
A trip to the toy store and we had the obligatory "Little Mermaid" one-gallon aquarium.
Fast forward 5 years. I have one 45-gallon and one 125-gallon aquarium in my living room, as well as a few smaller ones stored in the garage. The kids have lost interest in fish ever since "The Lion King." came out, and I was NOT about to take them to the zoo, thank you very much!
Who knows what I might have found myself dragging home!
Fast forward another 6 years. I look at the aquariums and say: there has got to be something I can grow in these aquariums that I can actually benefit from, as in edible fish. Hmmm, what to do?
In 2006 I searched the internet and found out about Tilapia,a fish that, up until then, I didn't even know existed.
I purchased a breeder set of Hornorum/Mossambica from a retired commercial Aquaculture professional and was very impressed with how easy it was to breed them.
Then I purchased sets of "breeder breeders" so I could market the breeder colonies themselves.
The saga continues, folks!
In mid-2010, I was caught doing good and got what I deserved!
I was volunteering at a non-profit in Dade City, FL, that teaches Aquaponics classes when I met my Mrs. Ladyfish!
I was assisting the instructor one Saturday morning, and she was taking the class.
She was mostly interested in the plant side of Aquaponics, and I was interested in the fish.
We now own and operate Tilapia Vita Farms on a property that was her late granny's farm.
She inherited it when she was caught being a do-gooder!
I'm telling you! Being good gets you stuff!
Oh, my God! I still have to pinch myself every now and then!
Kim Sanchez, my Ladyfish!
I love her!