What is AF Aquaculture?
Absolutely Fish's Aquaculture facility (ACF) is a 5,000 square foot center for promoting sustainability within the aquarium hobby. Within more than 50 tanks, there are 6,000 gallons containing over 60 species of hard and soft corals, numerous plants, 25 varieties of freshwater fish and three distinct freshwater shrimp species. These animals are kept in pristine conditions, which promote breeding and raising of tank-raised specimens for sale in our store.
Why We Did It
“Education and Conservation, the art and science of fish keeping, is our passion and what defines us.” In keeping with our mission and vision, it is important to provide sustainable and humanely bred species of animals and plants for our customers. By breeding and cultivating animals within our AquaCulture Facility, we have a direct impact on the environment and reduce the need for wild–caught specimens — leaving more animals in the wild for future generations.
What’s Happening Now
A ton of Freshwater breeding projects are under way, with healthy babies arriving into the store every week! We’ve bred and sold our own Freshwater Angelfish (Pterophyllum), Honduran Red Convicts (Amatitlania nigrofasciata), Red Head Tapajos (Geophagus sp.), Kribensis (Pelvicachromis pulcher), Yellow Labs (Labidochromis caeruleus), OB Peacocks (Aulonocara sp.), Fire Red Apistos (Apistogramma cacatuoides), German Blue Rams (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi), Electric Blue Acaras (Andinoacara pulcher), Belenosox (Belonesox belizanus) and other species of Pocillidae!
Currently at the Absolutely Fish ACF, we are trying new techniques for growing rare macro algaes and corals! You can now find some of our AquaCultured coral frags for sale in the store. We are so proud of all the hard work that has gone into raising these animals! We've cultured and sold over 30+ species of L.P.S. & (Acan. echinata, Acan Lords, Brains, Blastos, Cups, Duncans, Elegance, Fox Corals, Galaxy, Gonipora, Hammers, Torches, Slippers, Trumpets, ETC!) 30+ species of S.P.S. (Acros, Birdsnests, Chalices, Cyphastreas, Monties, Seriatopora, Stags, ETC!) Anemones, Cespitularia, Leathers, Mushrooms, Star Polyps, Xenia, Zoanthids, and many more!
What’s in the Future
- In 2014, we plan to add another row of invert tanks as well as expand our freshwater and live plant tanks.
- MORE breeding projects!
- MORE corals!
- A Rotifer culturing system.
- A state-of-the-art marine fish quarantine system for our maintenance clients is also in the works!
We have many great plans for the future and we cannot wait to post updates. We appreciate the support of all our hobbyists and their interest in sustainable fishkeeping!