ALF (Aquatic Live Food)
When I started this business of supplying live food to aquarists, my aim was to help support people wanting to breed seahorses, clownfish, pipefish, etc in captivity as opposed to collecting from the wild. My belief is that its unsustainable long term, and by removing a creature like the seahorses that choose a mate for life. The one left behind will die a slow death. The void from removing predators like cuttlefish, octopus, and eels is that the old and sick fish aren’t eaten and pass on their pathogens to healthy fish or fish with minor scrapes and kills them. Many reef fish are in tussles with others all the time for space, food, and shelter.
My goal was to provide a small range of live food to enable home breeders and more advanced hobbyists to raise fry to sub-adults and then to ween them on to dead (frozen, flake, powdered) food as this is much easier and cheaper for the general hobbyist.
By providing a constant supply of the Harpacticoid copepod, people are now able to keep and feed those monotropic or finicky feeders like the Mandarin fish that only eat harpacticoid copepods. The scooter blenny, watchman goby, and dottyback fish will eat this harpacticoid until trained to eat something else or die.
When I started out I had only 3 species. Now 4 years on we are culturing 25 marine species and 15 freshwater species and researching with partners (universities) we will have more exciting and quite different creatures being made available to the ornamental fish industry.
So far we have made available to the ornamental aquarium keepers 16 marine species 11 freshwater species as well as 11 microalgae’s and 6 different types of macroalgae’s. We have also expanded our expanding range of egg products. We also provide a wide range of specialist information and equipment for culturing and breeding plankton (zooplankton & phytoplankton) at home.
We are committed to helping people with aquariums, ornamental fish fanatics and breeders by providing nutritious live foods that are captive breed and sustainable, thus ensuring zero impact on the oceans and reefs of Australia and further afield. Australia imports many fish from all over the world for the aquarium industry here. By captive breeding aquaria with the assistance of live food, we will produce healthier specimens, higher yields, constant supply and in time possibly rehabilitate areas that have been over-collected or damaged due to more commercial aspects of our reefs. Especially the Great Barrier Reef where tour boats take many hundred tourists per boat to the reef and drop them in, I have seen the destruction first-hand people standing on coral breaking large and small regrowth.
The tourists need to be told over and over again by the tour operators in all languages how fragile the coral is and is a benefit to the world at large. Also, they should be told NOT TO STEP ON CORAL while at the Great Barrier Reef either snorkeling or scuba diving.
Aquaculture, also known as aquafarming, is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and aquatic plants. Aquaculture involves cultivating freshwater and saltwater populations under controlled conditions and can be contrasted with commercial fishing, which is the harvesting of wild Aquaria*.
Mariculture refers to aquaculture practiced in marine environments and in underwater habitats.
To supply Australian Ornamental retail and commercial Aquariums with sustainable land farmed premium aquaria, so as to stop the removal and destruction of coral reefs for the wild caught aquaria*.
Land farmed premium aquaria cultivated in controlled environments means we are able to provide continuous (year round) high quality production of the popular live foods, which were previously unavailable for sale in retail stores.
Aquarists of all skill levels can now have a real chance at breeding there own favourite Pipefish, Cowfish, Mandarin fish, Shrimp etc. Being able to provide essential live food that’s required for new born and juvenile Aquaria.
It is our hope that more Aquarists will now be able to captive breed healthy aquaria and hopefully sell, for all to enjoy. Instead of wholesalers, taking aquaria from its wild habitat. Many fish and corals die in transit from Nth Queensland, Darwin and Perth to Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney.
Aquatic Live Food is a local Melbourne business, which grew out of a need to provide live fry food for Seahorses and Clownfish.
We take great pride in developing each new product line and view their success as a direct reflection upon our skills and reputation.
Aquatic Live Food uses a closed system for the mariculture of rotifers, copepods, amphipods, mysid shrimp, stripped shrimp and glass shrimp.
* Plankton, Corals, Sea weeds and Sea grass, Sharks, Seahorses, Cow fish, Eels, Shrimp, Snails, Gobies etc