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Captive-Bred Aquatic Life: Combining Conservation with Convenience

Captive-Bred Aquatic Life: Combining Conservation with Convenience
Managing our marine resources is a key part of the long-term success of the aquarium hobby. Captive-bred, farm-bred and aquacultured aquatic life are an integral part of the equation.

Thanks to recent advancements in marine culture and fish farming, it's now possible to breed and rear many more species of marine fish, freshwater fish, and aquacultured corals in large numbers. In years past, the price of captive-bred species were well out of reach of most hobbyists, but with the latest advancements in larvae rearing techniques, we can now offer these fish at very reasonable prices. is proud to offer a huge selection of captive-bred aquatic life. We search the globe for these species in order to do everything we can to reduce the impact we have on our valuable resources. We encourage you to consider these species whenever possible in order to support the efforts of breeders and hatcheries. By doing so, you'll help these pioneers in the aquarium industry produce a larger variety of species and provide valuable research and information for our fascinating hobby.

Captive-Bred Aquatic Life: Combining Conservation with Convenience Marine Fish
A wide selection of captive-bred marine fish comprised of numerous species of Clownfish, Pseudochromis (Dottybacks), Gobies, and 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. Captive-bred fish are fully accustomed to aquarium life, and eat prepared foods such as flakes and pellets. And 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 patience and an understanding of rearing techniques, these species can be successfully bred easily in your aquarium.

Freshwater Fish
Farm-bred freshwater fish from the USA, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia make up the majority of freshwater fish available at Just like captive-bred 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, offering an even greater advantage over coral species harvested from the wild. Your Source for Captive-Bred Aquatic Life
Drs. Foster & Smith's Aquatic Veterinary Staff encourages you to consider the benefits of captive-bred, farm-bred and aquacultured species when making your purchase decisions. We will continue to provide one of the largest selections and best quality of aquatic life, combined with the most comprehensive and informative web site in the industry, incredible customer service, and the best shipping rates and guarantee in the industry.


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