VIDEO: Fly Through a Marine Fish Hatchery

15 Mar, 2018

Take a quick flight through a large scale commercial ornamental marine fish hatchery: Proaquatix, based in Vero Beach, FL.

Take a quick flight through a large scale commercial ornamental marine fish hatchery: Proaquatix, based in Vero Beach, FL.

It’s rare to get a glimpse behind the scenes at an ornamental marine aquarium fish production facility. Lest technological or trade secrets be revealed, most operations are notoriously guarded; tours at one well-known facility are routinely limited to visits of the “Pack-Out Room only.”

Proaquatix, Vero, FL

Proaquatix, Vero, FL

So imagine our delight when Florida-based Proaquatix pulled back the curtain, just a little, and offered up this amazing fly-by video of their Vero Beach facility. The relatively new building is situated on five acres of land on Florida’s east coast; it came online in 2015, and has already withstood the punishment of Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Captive-bred Jackknife Fish, Equetus lanceolatus, are a Proaquatix specialty. Image credit: Matt Pedersen

Captive-bred Jackknife Fish, Equetus lanceolatus, are a Proaquatix specialty. Image credit: Matt Pedersen

While clownfish, dottybacks and blennies dominate Proaquatix’s offerings, they have a few specialties up their sleeves. Fishes that ride the line between aquarium and game fish, including Pompano, Palometa, Lookdowns, and Cobia, are routinely produced and offered into the trade by Proaquatix.

Another specialty, captive-bred Jackknife Fishes (Equetus lanceolatus), which are significantly more robust than their wild-caught counterparts. A few other unique offerings come up now and again, including the only commercial production of Yellow Clown Gobies (Gobiodon okinowae), along with invertebrates including Cerith Snails and the Aiptasia-devouring Berghia Nudibranchs. In 2017, Proaquatix even revisited the production of the Scrawled Cowfish, Acanthostracion quadricornis.

Captive-bred Scrawled Cownfish, Acanthostracion quadricornis, produced by Proaquatix and on display at MACNA 2017. Image credit: Matt Pedersen

Captive-bred Scrawled Cownfish, Acanthostracion quadricornis, produced by Proaquatix and on display at MACNA 2017. Image credit: Matt Pedersen

They’re not giving away all the secrets here, but one view of this video and you’ll quickly understand the scale involved with the commercial production of marine ornamentals for the fish trade.

Watch now:

Learn more about Proaquatix at www.proaquatix.com, and follow them on Facebook.

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Matt Pedersen
Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC, including AMAZONAS & CORAL Magazines. Matt has kept aquariums for 35 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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