Tank Raised Aquatic Life: Support Breeders and Hatcheries to Conserve Wild Species
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Tank-raised AquariaManaging our marine resources is a key part of the long-term success of the aquarium hobby. Tank-raised, farm-raised, and aquacultured aquaria are an integral part of the equation. Due to recent advancements in marine culture and fish farming, it is now possible to breed and rear many species of marine fish, freshwater fish, and aquacultured corals in large numbers. In years past, the price of tank-raised species were well out of reach of most hobbyists, but with the latest advancements in larvae rearing techniques, these fish can now be offered at a very reasonable cost. We encourage you to consider these species whenever possible in order to support the efforts of breeders and hatcheries. By doing so, you will help these pioneers in the aquarium industry produce a larger variety of species and provide valuable research and information for our fascinating hobby.

Marine fish

Tank-raised marine fish consisting of numerous species of Clownfish, Pseudochromis (Dottybacks), Gobies, Dwarf Angelfish, and Large Angelfish are available. The advantages of these species are numerous. They are very hardy, less stressed, and adjust more quickly to the conditions of the home aquarium. This will greatly reduce the chances of infection and disease. Tank-raised fish are fully accustomed to aquarium life, and eat prepared foods such as flakes and pellets. And unlike their wild harvested counterparts, many different species of the same types of fish may be kept in the same aquarium if introduced at the same time. With patience and an understanding of rearing techniques, these species can be successfully and easily bred in your aquarium.

Freshwater fish

Freshwater fish are farm-raised in the U.S., Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and other countries. Just like tank-raised marine fish, these species are hardier, less stressed, and adjust quickly to the home aquarium, reducing the chances of infection and disease.

Aquacultured corals

Aquacultured corals are live corals fragmented from larger or mother colony corals. These "seed" fragments are permanently affixed to a special aragonite and cement mix plug, from which they grow out into an adult coral. This plug may be easily placed in the reef aquarium with reduced risk of damage to the coral from being knocked over by fish or invertebrates. Aquacultured corals are usually more colorful, more disease resistant, and tend to adjust more rapidly to the home aquarium. These corals will often grow faster than other corals, providing a beautiful display in the home aquarium in less time. These mature corals may then be fragmented and propagated again in a different section of the reef aquarium once well established into their new surroundings. This offers an even greater advantage over coral species harvested from the wild.

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