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Segrest Farms Tour – America’s Largest Aquarium Fish Distributor

Segrest Farms Tour – America’s Largest Aquarium Fish Distributor

Hi, I’m Steve Poland Coming to you from beautiful Tampa, Florida. Now if you don’t know Florida, and specifically
Tampa is really the fish breeding and distributing
capital of the United States. I’m down here for a non-aquarium purpose but
I thought while I”m here I should try and visit Segrest Farms. You may not have heard of Segrest, but odds
are you’ve probably bought fish that have been through this building at some point in
time. Let’s go inside and check it out. Shipments arrive all day long from Segrest’s
own fish farms as well as other farms around the country and around the world. The fish are checked and then moved to one
of many rows of species-specific holding tanks. There are rows and rows of them. The majority of their business is freshwater
but they distribute just about everything you can think of. I saw angels, tons of discus, more goldfish than I could imagine, mollies, guppies, tons of plecos, and even some fish that I wouldn’t expect
to see in your average petstore like ropefish and eels. And of course I spent a lot of time checking
out their african cichlids. Segrest pre-mixes large volumes of the treated
water that they use to ship their fish. Thiat water is then pumped into these small
buckets, and when filling an order, the fish are picked and placed into those buckets which
then ride along a series of conveyor belts to the packing area. They are then checked again and doubled bagged
for shipping. The bags are then boxed up and moved down
the line where they are ultimately loaded onto a semi
truck headed for UPS. They pack 24 hours a day so these trucks fill
up fast. Now you may be wondering how hundreds of thousands
of gallons of water are filtered. I know I was. And like any business that has grown and expanded
over the years they have several different types of filter systems in place. But the main freshwater fish are all kept
in acrylic tanks that overflow and run to these massive sand filters. Each system also has a skimmer, ozone, uv
sterilizer, and a chiller. A big thanks to Sandy Moore and Segrest for
letting me come down and check out their facility. As always, let me know what you think down
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100 comments on “Segrest Farms Tour – America’s Largest Aquarium Fish Distributor

  1. nice information sir
    i am also fish breeding and raising
    i received nice information from your video

  2. a) Nature is cruel.. in the wild most fish don't make it past the first few minutes.
    b) Those fish that don't get eaten right after birth.. a good portion will starve off and die.
    c) The rest live under constant threat of being eaten at any moment in time.

    Breeders are not cruel. Sure there are times things get crowded, but with proper filtration, feeding, the vast, vast, fast majority of bred fish survive till they get to the aquarium enthusiast. No breeder, distributor or fish store owner wants their fish to die.. and stressed fish die, which equals no profit.

  3. I work for a pet store that gets fish from these breaders and thay are so full of diseases that we usually can expect to lose almost half of the fish we get in I recommend anyone who has a choice to stay as far from them as possible

  4. even small tank with alot of fish but when water keep change n high of oxigen it.s make them happy already..

  5. so informative video. A like from South Korea.
    And thanks for putting in Subtitles. since i'm no native english speaker . subtitles really help me understand what u are saying.

  6. ебанутся посатка рыбы и состояние воды протока не вывозит
    надо просто на миллион у азиатов купить и тулить тулить тулить

  7. All the pet stores near me get their fish from Segrest and they are all in pretty lousy condition. I get a lot of fish shipped to me and although they can look a bit rough from their travel they never look as bad as the fish that Segrest delivers.

  8. Unfortunately their quality has gone down over the years according to a lot of local fish stores ive talked with. All the stores in central fl that ive talked to go with more local breeders.

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