Why Choose Captive Bred Fish?

A 20,000-gallon tropical reef aquarium

A 20,000-gallon tropical reef aquarium stands along the wall behind the reception counters at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Although captive-bred fish are often slightly more expensive than wild fish, this can often pay off in the long run. For instance, buying a captive-bred fish means that the fish that would be brought in from the wild to be kept as pets are left in the wild. Because divers bring in fish regularly, the amount of fish in the wild regularly goes down faster than it would naturally. This can cause many species of fish to go extinct when they would have survived if we had left them in the wild and bought captive-bred fish.

Types of wild caught fish and methods of capture

It is mainly saltwater fish that are in danger, as many commercial fish farms breed captive freshwater fish. The fish

are not the only ones in danger, many corals and invert species are also being caught or possibly even destroyed. One of the more popular practices to catch wild fish is called cyanide fishing, and it uses cyanide to suffocate the fish until they pass out. Cyanide can also have harmful effects on the habitat, such as bleaching the coral or even causing death to corals, depending on the amount of cyanide used and the exposure time of the coral to the cyanide. The long-term

effects of the cyanide on the fish that survive this method are unknown.

Advantages of captive-bred fish

Additionally, captive-bred fish have spent their whole lives in an aquarium and are much more accustomed to living in a glass container and are much easier to feed than their wild counterparts. They are also much less aggressive than fish in the wild. Species that are caught in the wild have to go through quite an ordeal to get to the local pet store, which cause many of them to die from stress. Captive-bred fish have a much higher rate of survival since they only have to travel from the local pet store to your aquarium. Wild-caught fish may also have potentially deadly diseases that come from parasites and pathogens that are not found in an aquarium. Captive-bred fish are much more likely to be healthy and disease free as long as they are kept in the proper conditions and are not placed in an aquarium with a diseased fish that was caught in the wild.

In conclusion

Captive-bred fish means that once-wild fish were caught, bred, and then raised under the care of experts in special facilities over generations, although some species can possibly be bred in your aquarium. To see how you can help the spread of captive-bred fish, please contact your local aquarium.

Bubble Tip Anemones

Rainbow Bubble Tip AnemoneThe Bubble Tip Anemone (also known as the BTA or Entacmaea quadricolor) originated from Singapore, Tonga and Fiji and is one of the easiest types of anemone to keep.

Bubble Tip Anemone description

The trunk is typically brown or maroon, but the tips come in a variety of colors, such as brown, green, orange, red, cream, pink, or a delicate rosy hue, and they can grow up to 12 inches in height (30 centimeters).

Lighting and water needs

To keep these anemones alive long term, you need to have high output lighting, such as Very High Output lighting, High Output Lighting, Metal Halide lighting, or even Power Compact Lighting for shallow tanks.

These anemones also prefer a saltwater tank with a higher specific gravity (in the 1.023 – 1.025 range) and thrive in 25° – 28° C temperatures (75° – 82° F). They also prefer live rocks that are off the sand bed floor of the tank to sit on. They may move slowly around the tank to find a comfortable place to sit down but once they settle they are relatively stationary. A minimum of a 30 gallon tank (114 L) is necessary for these sea creatures.

What do Bubble Tip Anemones eat?

As the Bubble Tip Anemone are carnivores, they feed on finely chopped pieces of chopped up seafood (such as shrimp, mussel, krill, or clam) once or twice a week. To feed, simply stick the seafood on the end of a feeding stick or tank tongs and bring it close to the anemone. The anemone should grasp the food and will then consume it.

When you’ve upset your anemone…

There are only a couple reasons for the anemone to become upset. One is if the lighting, food supply, or water temperature becomes inadequate. This will cause the anemone to become sickly and move around in the tank. If there are other anemones or fish in the tank that make the Bubble Tip Anemone feel threatened, it may retaliate by striking at the offender with it’s venomous tentacles. The anemone will then most likely consume the dead sea creature, as it would do in the wild. The stings may cause skin irritations or allergic reactions, so always wear gloves when handling anemones.

Do Bubble Tips need Clownfish?

Clownfish are the most highly favored fish that are kept with an anemone, but you do not need a clownfish to keep an anemone, nor do you need an anemone to keep a clownfish. When a Bubble Tip Anemone is kept in good condition in may live to about 80 years in captivity. Like fish, anemones are a major commitment and although the bubble tip anemone is relatively low maintenance, it still requires effort to survive.

For information regarding further care or answers to problems regarding your anemone, please contact your local aquarium.

Here’s a video of a Rainbow Bubble Tip Anemone that I found on Youtube: