AQUARIUM FISH CULTURE

Aquasearch has a Queensland Department of Primary Industries Aquaculture License. The organisms which are approved for aquaculture on the License include:

Marine species:

  • 2 gastropod mollusc species

  • 7 bivalve mollusc species

  • 1 cnidarian species

  • 4 fish species
     

Freshwater species:

  • 21 fish species

 

Although we are not a large facility, we hold broodstock for many of these species, so that when offspring are produced we have small batches which may then be sold to aquarium shop outlets.  

CULTURE OF THE TRUE CLOWN ANEMONEFISH

Aquasearch has had active breeding pairs and have been producing the eggs of the True Clown Anemonefish, Amphiprion percula since 2003. Popularised by the Disney movie Finding Nemo, the Amphiprion percula are available for sale if we have conducted a spawning. 

We have had a small production of cultured juveniles since this time. There may also be active breeding pairs of Amphiprion melanopus, and Premnas biaculeatus. This production is very reduced as of 2020.

Contact us to see if we have clown anemonefish for sale, and we can discuss cost and shipment.

ABOVE: Egg nest of Amphiprion percula in a terra cotta pot with Heliofungia sp. tentacles in foreground.

ABOVE: Juvenile clown anemonefish (Amphiprion percula) 27 days after hatching; schooling around an anemone coral, Heliofungia sp.

ABOVE: Aggregation behaviour of juvenile clown anemonefish seen in a 1-tonne culture tank

THE ENVIRONMENTAL VALUE OF CULTURED CLOWN ANEMONEFISH

It is interesting when one looks at the word NEMO, popularised in the Disney Movie Finding Nemo. If you spell the word backwards, it is OMEN.

 

The omen is that if we over-exploit wild stocks of marine aquarium fish (such as the clown anemonefish), without simultaneously promoting the aquaculture of these species, it means we risk the collapse of aquarium fish stocks and a general degradation of the marine environment.  

 

This has already happened in many southeast Asian countries.  In Australia, fish collectors are government-regulated but also self-regulating, and this provides a safeguard against over-exploitation. 

 

We believe a combination of aquaculture and regulated collecting provides the best strategy for the long-term health of aquarium fish stocks. Image: Wikipedia.

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Magnetic Island QLD Australia

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