Single father runs backyard ornamental fish farm

January 10, 2018
Young shows one of the many ornamental fish he has for sale.
Young also grows ornamental aquatic plants, including the Amazon Sword.
Young shows one way of siphoning out the algae and cleaning the tanks.
Ornamental fish farmer, Jermaine Barrington Young smiles at big baby boy.
Young also rears rabbits.

Ornamental aquaculture seemed like a good idea to Jermaine Barrington Young, a resident of Waterhouse, when he first started.

Even though the business is a slow-growing and time-consuming process, the single father remains passionate about the small-scale fish farm.

Young has utilised refurbished bathtubs and sinks to create breeding tanks for all kinds of ornamental fish in his backyard.

Among the species of fish he currently has for sale are swordtails, oscar and goldfish.

It takes a lot of work to care, and funds to maintain, the tanks and according to Young, "it would be good to get some help".

He said that he had invited the member of parliament for the area (St Andrew Western) to view the farm, but has never received any assistance.

"More than one time I go back to Mr (Anthony) Hylton and it probably look like a joke thing. Is not just for the money but love mek mi inna this; money done long time, a love do it," Young told The STAR.

Young continued: "From mi a likkle yute, mi catch fancy tail weh come from gully and a grow them. I learnt how to care for them after mi give them cornmeal and only one survived. That's how mi condition myself and develop the know-how."

Young can also make glass tanks and water features such as waterfalls and water gardens, a self-taught skill. And he grows ornamental plants for this purpose as well.

By watching his elders build tanks, Young learnt the art of measurement.

"To have aquarium, yuh have to learn how to get it attractive, so mi start move roun' older people and gather information," he said. But doing it on his own took a lot of trial and error.

When THE STAR visited, Young demonstrated how to use a piece of garden hose to siphon out the algae and other build-up.

"Mi always try show others how to fi do it, too," he said.

The jovial single father stays dedicated to his dream for the business to grow, which is encouraged by his almost two-year-old son.

He said, "You know when babymother nuh ready, a jus' suh. But I continue to do what I need to as a father."

He has also ventured into the breeding and sale of other pets, including birds and rabbits, within the same space.

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