Combining Conservation with Convenience
Conservation occurs when fellow aquarist propagate corals and raise fish in captivity. The use of propagation includes many benefits such as having healthier corals and captive bred fish; this in turn will help in preservation of our natural marine wildlife, and also a great learning experience for our fellow marinist.
Managing our marine wildlife and resources is the key element of the long-term success of marine aquarium hobby. Captive bred, farmed or aquacultured species are an integral part of the equation.
With the recent advancements in aquaculture and fish farming, it's now possible to breed and rear many species of marine fish, and propagated corals in large quantities. In the past, the captive bred species were usually overpriced, and well out of reach for most hobbyists, but nowadays with the latest advancements in larvae rearing techniques, and more availability of bred species from many sources, they are more reasonably priced.
Bahrain Aqualife Centre, in support to the breeders and to reduce the impact on our marine life resources, search globally for the captive bred species to make them available for you. We offer a reasonably good selection of captive bred marine species and encourage you to consider these species whenever possible in order to support the efforts of breeders. This will help us and other breeders to research more varieties of species for successful breeding and make them available for aquarium keeping.
Marine FishThere are many captive bred marine fish that are available today, comprising of species such as of Anemonefish or Clownfish, Dotty backs, and Gobies. The advantages of these species are numerous. They are very hardy, less stressed, and adapt more quickly to the aquarium environment. This will greatly reduce the chances of infection and disease. Captive bred fish are fully accustomed to aquarium environment, and eat any prepared foods such as flakes or pellets. Unlike their wild-caught counterparts, many different species of the same types of fish may be kept in the same aquarium if introduced at the same time. With some patience and an understanding of rearing techniques, these species can be successfully bred in your aquarium too.
Aquacultured corals are live corals fragmented from larger corals. These fragments are permanently affixed to a special aragonite and cement mix plugs, commercially known as coral pods, or coral propagation plugs, from which they grow out into an adult coral. This pod or plug may be easily placed in the reef aquarium with reduced risk of damage to the rocks and coral arrangements from being knocked over by fish or invertebrates. These corals have a greater advantage over their counterparts from the wild, because they will often grow faster, are more colourful, more disease resistant and tend to adjust more rapidly to the aquarium environment.