Video: Tour Spencer Jack’s aFISHionaos

21 Oct, 2021

What lurks behind the doors at aFISHionados in Manitoba province, Canada? Aquarist Chris Biggs brings you inside
What lurks behind the doors at aFISHionados in Manitoba province, Canada? Aquarist Chris Biggs brings you inside the aquarium fish wholesaler and distributor to tour a clean and efficiently designed commercial fishroom.

Join Chris ‘The Mad Aquarist‘ Biggs as he presents a current, Fall 2021 look behind the doors at Spencer Jack’s company aFISHionados, located in Saint Paul, Manitoba, just outside of Winnipeg. The wholesaler and retail distributor is only an 8.5-hour drive north of AMAZONAS‘s U.S. home base in Rochester, MN (plus an international border crossing) but Chris Biggs brought us all there without burning one drop of petrol!

Beautiful, large display aquariums great visitors as they bravely walk through the inner doors at aFISHionados.
Beautiful, large display aquariums greet visitors as they bravely walk through the inner doors at aFISHionados, just outside of Winnipeg, Canada.

Having already fought through the impact of the pandemic, and now facing the uncertain future of aquarium keeping within the city limits of neighboring Winnipeg, there is no better time than the present to get an inside look at this clean and well-executed Canadian freshwater aquarium facility.

A look down one of the aisles of aFISHionados's large facility.
A look down one of the aisles of aFISHionados’s large facility.
The entire facility is filtered using Hamburg Mattenfilters - look at the flow rates being generated solely by air-driven circulation!
The entire facility is filtered using Hamburg Mattenfilters – look at the flow rates being generated solely by air-driven circulation!
Freshly-imported mouthbrooders sometimes hold surprises; these baby Geophagus have a new lease on life, being carefully incubated in a German breeding ring.
Freshly-imported mouthbrooders sometimes hold surprises; these baby Geophagus have a new lease on life, being carefully incubated in a German breeding ring.

If you’ve never had a look inside an aquarium wholesaler, this is a great first look! Pay attention; there are many subtle details in terms of fishroom design that you might wish to apply in your next fishroom build!

While watching, you might also catch glimpses of some pretty rare and spectacular specimens, like this...
While watching, you might also catch glimpses of some pretty rare and spectacular specimens, like this…

We were delighted to see this video pop up in the newsfeed and even happier to share it with AMAZONAS readers like you. Great job Chris, and thanks to Spencer Jack for opening his doors to Chris, and ultimately everyone on the Internet.

Watch Now: Fish Store Tour of the Incredible aFISHionados

Video Credit: Chris ‘The Mad Aquarist’ Biggs’ YouTube Channel

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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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