Coral Creatures is a small marine ornamental aquaculture business, specialising in the production of corals, fish, and shrimp. Unlike the fresh water ornamental trade, most marine species are harvested from the reef (Olivotto et al., 2011) and globally, sadly as much as 60-70% die during collection and distribution (Wabnitz, et al., 2003). Coral Creatures aims to reduce wild collection and produce more resilient animals. By purchasing aquacultured stock, you are helping to conserve our precious reefs, supporting the future and needed growth of marine ornamental aquaculture, and you are also acquiring healthy animals that are already accustomed to captive environments.
Coral Creatures was born from a passionate marine aquarist with close to 20 years experience in reef keeping and is continually trialling new fish/invert species and hopes to break new ground to provide a greater selection of high quality aquacultured stock. To date, the following have been successfully bred and raised:
- Amphiprion frenatus
- Amphiprion ocellaris
- Amphiprion percula
- Premnas biaculeatus
- Pterapogon kauderni
- Lysmata vittata
- Thor amboinensis
- Lysmata debelius
Species currently being worked on:
- Gobiodon okinawae
- Chromis viridis
- Chrysiptera parasema
- Lysmata amboinensis
Coral Creatures does not chop wild collected coral colonies and on sell. All corals have been in captivity for more than a year before new captive growth is fragged. These first-generation frags are then grown out and then fragged again, and are either grown out for sale or used to make future frags. Therefore, frags sold are at a minimum, second-generation and believed to be without wild tissue. Some of the original broodstock have been in captive care for 5+ years, with some originally purchased as small aquacultured frags.
The aquaculture of all marine fish and inverts is land-based using artificial seawater and all zooplankton feed is cultured on site, not from collected plankton tows.
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References cited above:
Olivotto, I., Planas, M., Simões, N., Holt, G.J., Calado, R., 2011b. Advances in breeding and rearing marine ornamentals. J. World Aquaculture. Soc. 42, 135–166.
Wabnitz, C., Taylor, M., Green, E., Razak T., 2003. From Ocean to Aquarium UNEP. World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge. pp. 1–64.