Lana Springs is a Cefas regestered fish farm situated 7 miles east of Holsworthy in Devon, and has been developed specifically for the production of fast growing english carp. This location was chosen because of its wet and warm climate and natural spring water supply. This natural water supply is absolutely essential to ensure a disease free environment, most fish farms rely on rivers and streams for their water, but these can contain harmfull parasites and disease. The biosecurity measures on site are second to none, we do not deal in other peoples unwanted fish or allow any other fish or persons on site that could introduce disease. Cefas inspect the site and our records twice yearly and have never found anything other than healthy well kept fish. The whole perimeter of the 54 acre fish farm is fenced to stop otters and mink damaging our precious stock. We have also planted 20 acres of broad leaf trees, over the years the tree plantation along with a substantial solar panel system has helped to make the fish farm carbon neutral.        

Emperor strain C4 awesome body shape

The Strain 

     We have selected the Emperor strain for their huge growth rates and outstanding beauty, coupled with their hard fighting characteristics and long life span the Emperor strain is in my opinion the very best available in the uk today. In the right waters this long lived strain is capable of reaching that magical 50lb barrier. Emperor lakes is a syndicate water ive fished for a number of years and has produced some huge fish the largest growing to over 58lb, it has produced no less than 6 different 50lb plus fish and many many more 40s. The syndicate lake at Emperor lakes is only 6 acres and contains the best fish i have ever come across, when you consider a 6 acre lake containing approx 120 fish with 20 of them over the magical 40lb barrier and another 5 fish that could go over 50lb at the right time of year, we are talking about a very special water and a very special strain of fish, to introduce this strain we brought back eggs, hatched and grew the fry on and selected the very best fish for broodstock, each year we spawn hundreds of thousands of carp then regularly grade them so we end up with the absolute cream of the crop, the fish we now have growing on are excetional to say the least and have exceeded our expectations. look at the galleries to veiw just some of the stunning fish.

Beautiful Emperor mirror

       Growth rates can vary greatly as much depends on the water quality, stocking density and availability of a good quality food source, stocked at relatively low densities in rich waters these fish can grow very fast, once above 10lb they are quite easly capable of putting on 6lb per year, in fact ive had some fish do 8lb per year and on sensible diets. All our fish are fed with our own top quality carp pellets, the ponds are treated with chalk each year to neutralizes any acidity in the lake bed and to increase the amount of calcium in the system, this makes the lakes rich in natural food so the fish get a good balanced diet. The health of our stock is always put first, its pointless growing fish super fast on silly high protein, high oil diets only to have them die at an early age, our aim is to product superior quality carp that are healthy and long lived.           

Unusual starburst Emperor mirror
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