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.

So what’s going on here?

What a crazy couple of years. I went back to school, got a divorce (not related to school), set this blog and a few others on autopilot.

I don’t like autopilot for this blog.

School is…er…somewhat done.

And I’m taking back my blog.

I don’t guarantee that this blog will be updated frequently, but that most of the posts will be mine.

Ultimately I want to breed marine fish, corals, and invertabret.

At the moment I don’t have anything set up, but my next post will cover what I do have (equipment) and what I’m thinking of doing.

– Jeffery

Quick Update

I aplologize for the lack of activity. I know that several of you got here through my blog series on how to set this up.

I’ve been busy getting those blog posts into an e-book and it is now available for download. There’s more in the e-book than in the blog post series and there’s also a rebrandable version currently available.

You can download it from http://www.bloglikeacelebrity.com

So let’s hear it from YOU. The forum isn’t there for just me, it’s there for you too. What categories would you like to see added? Anyone willing to be a moderator? Want to write a blog post? Drop me a comment here or go to http://www.sweatyshop.com/support

– Jeffery

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Welcome To Saltwater FishKeeping

Welcome to my brand spanking new blog (and soon to be forum) on all things related to Saltwater Fish Keeping.  Whether you want to call it a marine tank, saltwater aquarium, whether you keep a reef tank or the good old-fashioned general tank, you are welcome here.

So come on in, join and share in the fun and information exchange.  Do you have a lot of experience?  Did you make a lot of beginner’s mistakes or learn from someone else’s “oopsies”?  Care to share? We welcome your guest blog post.

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