At Goliad Farms, we use intensive culture techniques combined with plant filtration to raise anabantids, barbs, African cichlids, New World cichlids, danios and minnows, Goodeids, guppies, killifish, Limias, platies, oddballs, commercial mollies, wild mollies, rainbowfishes, swordtails, Catfish, Sharks and Scavengers, and tetras, characins and rasboras. In order to provide a larger array of fish to our customers we also purchase certain fish from collectors or from partner breeders who produce fish that we either don’t have room or the proper conditions to spawn. We condition these fish and grow them out to produce quality, well sized fish for our customers. The farm also produces some aquatic plants and large selection of live foods.
We use intensive culture techniques, water recirculation technologies, and plant filtration all designed to minimize the environmental impact of our operations. At present we have 7,500 square feet of greenhouse space housing 647 55-gallon and 62 300-gallon rearing and breeding tanks. The systems hold over 75,000 gallons of water, including the water in the floor gutters, sumps, and plant filters. The water is maintained between 70 and 85°F (21 and 30°C) by propane water heaters during the winter and cooling fans during the summer. Due to the heat efficient design of our greenhouses and our mild South Texas climate, during a typical winter we heat only about three nights a year and didn’t heat at all during the 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 winters. We use plant filters of our own design as our sole filtration method to maintain water quality. We use no mechanical filtration, no carbon, no ultraviolet sterilization, and no ozonation.