Stage 1: Spawning
Some of our Italian brood stock fish spawn naturally in our secure and private 2 acre home water which has been specially planted with hydroponically grown marginal aquatic vegetation to create the perfect environment for natural and successful Carp spawning year after year.
The water is kept rich and productive to ensure that the young Carp fry have volumes of totally natural and very essential food items available for the initial stage of their life cycle, potentially the most important stage! In fact we trust in our natural Carp breeding ponds and methods so much that we do not supplementary feed our Carp fry anything at all during the first 4 months of their lives. We harvest the fry in September or October, sometimes bi-annually, depending on what we have already in production.
Our own Hatchery
We are also making plans to hatch Italians at our Keyfox Farm site and hope to have production underway in the next 12 to 18 months which should ensure that in the future we can make more Italians available as we believe that these are a strain of fish which could make a significant impact on the quality of Carp stocks across the UK.
Our Leney Dinks and Sutton Dinks
We source our Leney and Sutton Dinks when they are only 6 grams in weight on average from two trusted and valued sources: Hampshire Fish Farms and Priory Fisheries. In our opinion these are the two best tried and tested sources of these Fish.
Once the fish arrive with us they are introduced to our Keyfox Farm site and the process of growing them on to be top specimens begins.