As an aquarium professional I would like to consider the pressure our hobby as put on the worlds reefs and what we can do to minimize damage. First and foremost we must promote responsible reef keeping by learning and researching these wild animals we are to care for outside their natural environment. Management through collector and consumer education as well as captive farming and aquaculture we can make this hobby sustainable.
The aquarium hobby is a complex hobby to say the least, this makes research the most important element in this hobby. The net is full of resources that will assist you in your decision of your newest animal you wish to add to your aquarium. There are many things you require to ask yourself when you're adding a new animal to your reef. aquaculture? It doesn't matter how much you think you know about aquaculture, please visit read more, and learn so much more about this subject..
These are just some of the questions you require to ask yourself before making the acquisition of a new animal.
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Next I want to enter into the subject of Captive bred fish and Aquacultured corals. This to me is a major role in the aquarium industry. Not only do some of the more beautiful prized and most expensive pieces of coral come from aquaculture, they likewise are suited to the life in an aquarium through generations of captive fragging. http://maryskinmd.weebly.com/blog/running-a-fish-farm, for relevant discussions..
You can do this at home! Many people pay their hobby expenses or make a living from selling their aquacultured corals.
Wild colonies will be shipped in unhealthy and for the more part won't adjust well to your aquarium causing lack of color and health as well as death.
Aquaculture put less stress on the worlds reefs. Although some countries like the Filipino government has not been able to protect its coral reefs and ornamental fish this does not mean we cannot prevent further destruction by sustaining our own captive inhabitants.
Learnings from the aquaculture online classes can be fed into market research for verification and also to seek more insight. The research should help provide data on the strength of the application for the chosen product, the potential for business entry and growth and a better opinion of the market - particularly demand trends and the competitive landscape. In the end, the aim should be to find a niche to cater to where you'll have a bigger market share due to lesser competition. Technical and market knowledge are essential for central to the success of the farm. Owners of the business should consult a fisheries expert to help in the technical aspect and to develop the farm layout if you're new in the industry. There are also seminars and short courses that cover the essentials in having an aquaculture business.
Online courses in aquaculture will teach that a full scale aquaculture business usually requires significant monetary and labor investment. After the fish courses, the market research and drafting the business plan, make sure that you're financially and mentally ready for the business. In some cases where the size of the farm is already quite big then an additional step would be to speak to an investor/venture capitalist or perhaps a bank representative to raise needed capital. If done right, aquaculture can be either a very lucrative business - all it takes is very careful planning.
Less costly. Most aquaculture corals are less expensive than a wild caught animal as they do not have to travel as far and are not imported.
Finally the last we can do to promote the health of world reefs and maintain a sustainable marine aquarium trade is to inform the consumer and collector. Organizations like Reef Check and MAC challenge hobbiest and collectors to maintain standards and care of ornamental marine life. Education to consumers and collectors will help the effort worldwide for a sustainable aquarium industry.
In essence there are many ways we can all help to preserve and keep this hobby sustainable. First by educating yourself about your new animals or upcoming purchases. Second by promoting aquaculture and purchase of aquaculture animals rather than their wild counterpart. Third consumer and collector education will help the worldwide effort in promoting a successful marine aquarium industry.