Captive Breeding Efforts to Save Coral Reefs

Captive Breeding Efforts to Save Coral Reefs…

There is a wonderful article written by Rachael Bale for National Geographic about captive breeding. This is very important to the marine aquarium hobby. When I first started in the hobby it was very difficult to get captive bred fish. Now days most percula and ocellaris clowns are captive bred.

Hobbyist and Captive Breeding…20160404_130906[1]

Many of the advances in captive breeding have been made by the hobbyist. Through their dedication and hard work many of the breakthroughs in breeding and coral fragging help sustain the hobby today. I personally only buy captive fragged coral and do my best to find captive bred fish.

Ask Before You Buy

Many of the local shops near me buy captive bred fish from local breeders. Take a moment before you buy and ask where the fish come from. A little research goes a long way. You can find many captive breeding efforts online and have an opportunity to purchase through them.

Benefits of Captive Bred

20160402_111759[1]Unlike wild caught fish, captive fish do not endure the stress associated with their wild caught counterparts. So you have a much better survival rate and they acclimate to your aquarium much quicker. That is in addition to saving fish in the wild. If the demand goes down so does taking from the wild.

Sustainable Efforts

In addition to captive breeding, there are efforts for sustainable practices in the countries where they depend on the aquarium trade. Coral farming is a good example of creating an economy to replace taking from the reef. Farmers can grow the most desirable corals without harming the reef. This also keeps their waters clean because that is needed for good coral growth.

Your Ideas for Sustaining the Aquarium Trade????

Please join the conversation and movement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  • ches says:

    It never occured to me that you could breed coral. This is the only way forward in my mind. Is anyone breeding to replenish the wild beds?
    I did have a lovely tropical salt water tank many moons ago but I’m afraid to say that the fish we bought were from the wild. When we moved and had to find a home for the fish, we gave them back to the supplier who had a massive show tank.
    Two of the larger fish we had, were a large maroon clown and a regal tang, just like the ‘Nemo’ film. When we move the maroon clown out of the tank, the regal tang lost all his colour. When they were put together again in the show tank, his colour came back. Just proves that fish can have friends too, just like the film!
    I would not buy wild caught fish now.
    This problem needs to be brought to the fore. Great post. Ches

    • Adam says:

      There are efforts going on in Fiji and other countries where coral farming is gaining a stronghold. In captivity we are truly breeding coral it is called coral fragging. This is when a piece of coral is removed from a healthy, well established coral. This “frag” or fragment of coral will then grow. This is one of the processes in nature for coral to recover from storms and coral feeding fish. This of course does nothing for genetic diversity but it keeps people from taking from the wild. As I mentioned before coral farming is becoming more popular as a way to earn an income without destroying the reef.

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by my webpage. I hope you enjoyed reading my post and come again soon

  • Jenny says:

    Very interesting and useful article about captive breeding if you like marine aquariums.
    I loved reading all about it and have learnt a lot from this post especially the benefits of captive bred.
    Liked your pictures my dad has an aquarium similar to this and it’s nice just watching them, find it very relaxing
    Thanks for the information

    • Adam says:

      Relaxing indeed….I can get lost in it very easily and it can be a major distraction. Thank you for stopping by my web page and taking the time to read. Please support captive breeding and thanks again

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