Feeder Goldfish

Feeder GoldfishFeeder goldfish have been supplied by Ozark Fisheries since the 1920s. The term feeder goldfish means exactly as it sounds. The small feeder goldfish are used as live bait for catfish, cichlids, freshwater turtles and several other types of aquatic species.

There are several myths regarding feeder goldfish. The one I hear most often is feeder goldfish are “trash” fish, they aren’t healthy and they are the culls compared to fancier goldfish. This is a myth.

Feeder goldfish raised at Ozark Fisheries are given the same attention during the growing, grading and shipping process as all other items we raise and sell. Feeder goldfish need feed, space and a good environment just as sarasa comets, shubunkins and fantails require.

Please know, when you purchase feeder goldfish from Ozark Fisheries, you are buying a feeder fish that has been raised with extreme caution and care.

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Wholesale Koi Supplier Ready for the 2013 Season

As a wholesale koi supplier, Ozark Fisheries provides wholesale koi and wholesale butterfly koi to distributors, garden centers and large landscaping companies throughout the United States and Canada.

Orders are shipped Monday through Thursday, for arrival to your local airport or directly to your door Monday through Friday. Winter weather in here in the Midwest does not slow us down, when serving our customers from Florida to California and Maine to Texas.

With two wholesale koi farms (one in Missouri and one in Indiana), we are available to back each other up when snow or ice prevents one farm from harvesting a particular variety of butterfly koi or goldfish.

Contact us today to find out how you can receive our wholesale koi supplier pricing.


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Wholesale Goldfish Supplier Needed?

Are you in on the hunt for a new wholesale goldfish supplier? Consider Ozark Fisheries for all your goldfish and koi needs. We limit the varieties of fish we raise and sell in order to focus on the quality and health of our goldfish and koi. Our wholesale line includes feeder goldfish, rosie red minnows, pond comets, sarasa comets, shubunkins, red fantails, calico fantails, koi and butterfly koi.

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Buying wholesale butterfly koi, what are my options?

Wholesale Butterfly KoiFor anyone looking to buy wholesale butterfly koi, you have some options to pick from. Ozark does not cater to the individual hobbyist, so if you are individual looking to buy wholesale butterfly koi, please visit our dealer locator to find a store near you that carries our wholesale butterfly koi.

If you are a wholesale butterfly koi distributor wanting to purchase wholesale butterfly koi you should contact us directly. We ship to your local airport and to your door, offering the lowest freight rates from coast to coast and into Canada.

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Ozark Fisheries History: Grassyfork Fisheries


Today Ozark Fisheries owns and operates in addition to its Missouri facility, a production and shipping facility in Martinsville, Indiana, formerly known as Grassyfork Fisheries. Both locations produce goldfish and koi which are shipped to our customers throughout North America and Western Europe. We are continuing to find affordable shipping options for each of our clients and will exhaust all choices until the right match is found for you. All marketing is handled out of our Missouri headquarters.

Our Indiana facility, formally known as Grassyfork Fisheries, is one of the oldest and at one time the largest goldfish farms in the United States. In the early 1900s Eugene Shireman inherited a farm which was too wet to be of much use as a conventional farm. It was mostly swamp. Having several ponds already on the property, and being one to make opportunity of adversity, he decided to try his hand at raising goldfish. Thus in 1902, starting with two hundred fish he set out to start a goldfish hatchery. Goldfish are copious breeders. A female may lay as many as 75,000 eggs in a single season, of which about twenty five per cent (or approximately 18,750 ) will hatch and develop into saleable fish.Shireman found a ready market for these prolific fish. Department stores, pet shops, novelty stores, drug stores and florists all were buyers of his colorful product. As the operation showed continued success, Shireman bought up surrounding “worthless” farmland and expanded his operation. Continuing sales allowed Mr. Shireman to expand his operation to 1500 acres and 600 ponds, a success which gave Grassyfork the reputation of being the largest goldfish hatchery in the world.

The Grassyfork sales and display building was opened in May of 1936. It offered the public a chance to view and purchase a wide variety of fish and related items.The glass building on the front housed a rock garden, pool and fountain. The greenhouse (visible on the back) housed pools which were filled with a variety of aquatic plants. The Morgan County, IN Historic Preservation Society acquired and restored this community icon in Martinsville, IN once dubbed the “Goldfish Capital of the World.”


One of the most remembered things about Grassyfork is their neon “swimming goldfish” sign. On old 37, it was apparently visible for some distance after dark.

A 1934 Popular Science article featured our Ozark Indiana division, then called Grassyfork Fisheries.Grassyfork Fisheries in Popular Science 1934 This article published in 1934 describes the labor intensive process to raise goldfish. While technology has changed, the science it takes to raise our fish is still an ever present challenge. To read this Popular Science article, click here.



Several post card views of Grassyfork Fisheries are shown below.

Grassyfork Fishery Postcard

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Wholesale Koi and Goldfish Facility Gets Makeover

Wholesale Koi Supplier Undergoes Facelift

The finished product – our new roof looks great!

Our Missouri wholesale koi and goldfish shipping facility recently underwent a facelift.

A new roof was much needed on our shipping building located at our Stoutland, MO farm. With the help of a contractor, our production crew successfully added a new roof in short order. The finished product looks great!

Construction at a Koi Farm

With a little man power and a whole lot of creative thinking, the new roof went on nicely.


Our shipping room staff works in this building; sorting, grading, counting and collecting wholesale goldfish, wholesale koi and wholesale butterfly koi for our wholesale koi suppliers and tropical fish distributors located throughout the United States and Canada.

As a grower and distributor to the wholesale tropical fish industry, our crew works hard to provide our clients with the best goldfish and koi on the market. Contact Ozark Fisheries today to start selling our fish.
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Wholesale Butterfly Koi For Sale at Missouri Koi Farm


Wholesale Butterfly Koi for sale

Wholesale butterfly koi are for sale year round at our Missouri and Indiana koi farms. While wholesale koi and wholesale goldfish are what most water garden and goldfish distributors, Ozark has continued to grow our wholesale butterfly koi line.

Butterfly Koi are a great addition to a garden pond or aquarium and do great with other koi and goldfish. When looking for a wholesale butterfly koi provider, be sure to include Ozark Fisheries in your list for great koi suppliers.

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Looking for cheap koi prices? Consider all your choices when selecting a wholesale koi supplier

Consider all choices when looking for cheap koiAre you looking for cheap koi prices? Most often the case, cheap is not the best option when selecting a wholesale koi supplier. While competitive prices are a must, you should also consider shipping costs to your door, the variety of koi available from your potential supplier and a guarantee of live arrival for your koi.

Ozark Fisheries can provide all these options to you. We offer very competitive prices on our wholesale koi for sale. We can provide door to door shipping with FedEx and UPS and have the lowest shipping rates among all wholesale koi farms in the United States and raise a variety of koi including wholesale butterfly koi. And as always, our koi fish are guaranteed to arrive alive and in sellable condition.

We treasure all of wholesale water garden and aquarium customers and look forward to serving you. Contact our office today to place an order for wholesale koi at 800.775.3474.

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Where to buy wholesale koi?

You may be asking yourself, where should I buy wholesale koi? Ozark Fisheries has the answer – us. Ozark Fisheries has been raising wholesale koi for years and has the experience to provide you with high quality wholesale koi. Our production, shipping and sales teams have years of time invested in finding the healthiest ways to raise our koi, ship our koi and sell our wholesale koi.

We offer two ways to purchase our wholesale koi. One way is through one of our many pond fish dealers across the country. Access our garden center dealer locator to find a store near you that carries our fish.

The second way is to buy direct from our wholesale koi farm. Ozark Fisheries only sells direct to koi and goldfish distributors and retailers. We can ship our fish direct to your door via UPS, FedEx and DHL (Canada) or to your local airport. With the lowest freight rates in the country, Ozark not only can provide our wholesale koi customers with a great product, but can also get them to you for a reasonable price.

Request a wholesale account today to become an Ozark koi dealer.

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Wholesale Goldfish a Great Halloween Treat

Ozark Fisheries was honored to have some great friends dress up as our goldfish farm for Halloween! Absolutely adorable and original….

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