Tropical Fish Industry Profits Freeze in Cold Spell

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Half of the nation's tropical fish come from Florida according to a recent New York Times article on the plight of Florida's fish farmers. Winters are traditionally when the farmers make the most sales, but with a sustained cold spell, many of the farmers are scrambling to cover ponds and pump in warm water.

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    A guppy shortage is already in play and losses of up to 50% are expected as some ponds are reporting temps in the high 40's. If you had mollies or danios on your list, you might want to get to fish store sooner than later. It is looking bad for our friends down in Florida.

    Source and full article here:
    Freeze Threatens Florida’s Tropical Fish - NYTimes.com
     
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  3. WhiskyTango

    WhiskyTango Eyelash Blennie

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    Major fish kill happening in the fl keys. I saw dead tangs, puffers, filefish and snapper in a marina this morning. That cold water is no joke..
     
  4. Gresham

    Gresham Great Blue Whale

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    That's got to be rough for the farmers. I feel for them... and the fish :(

    maybe a minor temp shortage but Asia is more then capable of supplying the US with all they need in this department so no need to run out if you think the guppies and danios will run out :lol: