Why aquaculture?

We provide you with corals and fish from sustainable aquaculture. With the purchase of captive-bred corals and fish you not only contribute to the protection of the natural reefs, but you also get healthy animals that are already adapted to reef tank conditions.

Wild collection for the reef hobby - the standard

When you look at the freshwater hobby, a large part of the animals offered there are aquacultured. This is completely different in saltwater aquaristics, where almost all fish and corals are still taken from the wild. Unfortunately, the dependence on taking fish from the wild is not without consequences for the coral reefs and their natural stocks. Since 1990, stony corals have therefore been listed without exception in Appendix II of the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and trade in them has been strictly regulated. Exporting countries can set new quotas every year - up to complete export bans. As a result of climate change, pollution and overfishing of the world's oceans, further restrictions on trade in stony corals can be expected in the future.

The alternative - fish and corals from aquaculture

Fish and corals from aquaculture are a sustainable alternative to wild catches. In addition, they have significant advantages for the reef hobbyist compared to their wild conspecifics. Since aquacultured species are already born in an aquarium system, they adapt better and better from generation to generation to the conditions that occur there. For example, changes in water chemistry or lighting are better tolerated by aquacultured corals than by wild ones. In addition, aquaculture of ornamental marine organisms allows endangered species, such as the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) or the giant clam (Tridacna sp.), to be more frequently and legally available in the trade.

 

The top 3 reasons why you should buy captive-bred ornamentals:

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Aquacultured fish and corals are healthier than wild caught specimen

Compared to wild caught animals, the probability of disease or parasite infestation is significantly reduced. The reasons for this are the absence of intermediate hosts of certain parasites in aquaculture facilities, the possibility of quarantine and a short transport time minimizing stress levels and thus susceptibility to diseases. In order to further reduce this already low risk of disease, Coralaxy again has a separate quarantine system. All animals, whether they come from aquaculture, mariculture or from private reef tanks, are kept and observed in this special system for at least four weeks before we offer them for sale. When new corals are introduced into our own breeding facility, the quarantine protocol used is even more strict.

sustainable aquaculture

Captive-bred species are a sustainable alternative to wild catches

We at Coralaxy completely renounce the sale of wild catches. With the purchase of aquacultured ornamentals you protect the natural coral reefs and their stocks. Furthermore, the transport distances are much shorter and there are hardly any transport losses.

 

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Aquacultured fish and corals are adapted to live in a reef tank

Most of the animals offered by Coralaxy were reproduced in aquariums or aquaculture facilities. Therefore they are perfectly adapted to the conditions in your aquarium. Fish from aquaculture are used to artificial food and are furthermore very robust and less territorial than their wild conspecifics. Cultured corals also have a much more intensive and stable coloration, as they have already been cultivated under the nutrient conditions that occur in reef tanks and under artificial lighting.

 

More and more species can now be successfully reared and new ones are added every year. Support this development and decide if possible for aquacultured fish and corals!