Ornamental fish farming is a new idea in Colombia. Hernando Gil purchased a farm near the Rio Meta, east of Villavicencio, ten years ago. The farm produces cattle and sugar cane, and it used to produce tilapia and pacu for human consumption. Two years ago, Hernando reopened the ponds to give breeding ornamental fish a try.
I have visited many fish farms, and I imagine that what Hernando is building is very similar to what the ornamental aquaculture industry pioneered in Florida decades ago. Colombia has some incredible species, many of which are hard to find, very seasonal or hard to acclimate into aquarium life. Hernando wants to concentrate on these species, in hopes of making them more available and easier to keep. Species like the altum angelfish and the panda uaru. Here is a look at the operation Hernando is building….
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