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Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon Breeding
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For years Fischgut Primus is a specialist in the reproduction of sturgeons. Therefore we can offer a wide variety of sturgeon species in different sizes.

Because of the boneless meat and the fish eggs (caviar), the production primary for fish consumption was tried. But due to lack of experience in the first years of the sturgeon breeding program there were problems, which had to be overcome. Problems every owner of a pond knows by heart nowadays. That incorporates carnivorous birds, unavailability of special feed and algae.

Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon breeding
Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon breeding - Paddlefish, Polydon spathula

Furthermore the artificial reproduction of sturgeon is very difficult and the costs for the production are at the moment unreasonably high. Owing to the gradual growth of water expanses in Germany and also to the growing construction of ponds for ornamental fish like Koi-carp, together with the extraordinary physique of sturgeons and their nearly nonexistent flight reaction, the sturgeon is used increasingly as ornamental fish these days.

Currently we keep the following sturgeon species in the Fischgut, of which of course not every species is practical in a garden pond. Worth mentioning is the Hausen, as a carnivore it would be a pity for the other fish, if he would be kept there. Another fish would be the paddlefish, who couldn't find nourishment in crystal clear Koi-pond water.

- Siberian sturgeon: A. baeri
- Russian sturgeon: A. gueldenstaedti
- Starry sturgeon: A. stellatus
- Sterlet: A. ruthenus
- Adriatic sturgeon: A. naccarii
- Beluga: Huso huso
- Shovelnose sturgeon: Scaphirhynchus
- White sturgeon: A. transmontanus
- Paddelfish: Polydon spathula

And other hybrids, like Adamsturgeon and AL-sturgeon.
Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon breeding
Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon breeding - Breedingroom technoligy

Some of those sturgeons that are kept on the Fischgut, are also reproduced here. This was only possible because of the modern warm-water breedingroom technoligy.

The different sturgeon species can be told apart by their physique as well as their different behavior in a natural environment and in garden ponds. This way everyone can choose the sturgeon that fits his or her demands.

Needles to say, that the better the quality of your water the better you can see the darker colored sturgeons.

The Sibirian sturgeon is relatively easy to reproduce. He is fast growing and very popular because of the great quality of the meat. The A. baeri, even so he has a dark coloring and is living at the bottom, becomes day by day more trendy, because of the low price.

The Starry sturgeon has by far the most beautiful coloring, since he has on top the white bone plating also white sparkles. Furthermore is the "shovelnose"-Rostrum (snout) a very significant mark and a good feature to distinguish it from the Russian sturgeon.
Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon breeding - Sibirian sturgeon
Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon breeding - Sterlet He is a nearly tireless swimmer and is like a merry-go-round in the ponds.

The Sterlet is the smallest of the sturgeons and very practical for medium sized ponds. The formerly also in Germany living sturgeon has a brownish coloring with some small bone plates and white finmargins.

He is becoming mature (reproducible) quite fast and is often used as parental generation for hybrids. It is the only sturgeon species that can survive with albinism, thus it is a special attraction in the garden ponds.
The Adriatic sturgeon and the White sturgeon have a similar appearance. As adults they have immense body sizes, as a result they only can be brought into large ponds. Fischgut Primus has mature fishes of this sturgeon species from 30 to 200 kg.

The Russian sturgeon is one of the most interesting sturgeons regarding garden ponds, because it has a coloring with high contrast. The fish stays mostly at the bottom, but during foraging it can also be found at the banks.
  Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon breeding
Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon breeding - Adriatic sturgeon, A. naccarii Russian sturgeon in its early life stages has, like most sturgeons, problems with thread algae. Adults are easily tamed and even feed out of hand. Currently they are the most desired sturgeons for garden ponds.

The Beluga is the biggest freshwater fish worldwide and the only carnivore in the sturgeon family. It is mostly known for the luxurious beluga caviar.

Until now the Caviar nor the production of sturgeonmeat is not lucrative, because the costs for production were to high.
It should be mentioned that the sturgeon is very resistant against illnesses, parasites, and a wide range of watertemperatures, they can live in.

Normal food for sturgeons are animals that live at the bottom, like mollusks, snails, worms and small crabs. Most sturgeons are most willing to accept "artificial" feed, which brings great relief to the general pond owner.
Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon breeding - Waxdick, A. gueldenstaedtii
Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon breeding For the sturgeon farming we exclusively use sturgeon feed and no trout feed, because that had the best successes in the regard of health and groth.

The feeds that fits to your sturgeons of course can be delivered by Fischgut Primus in the different sizes and amounts.

Some of the sturgeons can now be reproduced and that's a good thing too. All of the 24 sturgeonspiecies of the world are near extinction.
But also the boom in the private sector (as ornamental fish) helps to raise the reproductions in aquacultures and that helped the restpopulations. Those are staying for the most part untouched and on the other hand sturgeonfarming is mostly connected with programs for renaturation of native species.

When sturgeons are handled with proper responsibility, as should be true for Koi-carp, a sturgeon can bring you a lot of pleasure. But please take care to choose the fitting sturgeon for the dimensions of your pond. Sturgeons can become very big fish.
Fischgut-Primus - Sturgeon breeding - Beluga, Huso huso