Starting a coral farm for wholesale?

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Are you planning on also running a shop yourself or just being a wholesaler?

I would think that a setup like AAC would be a good money maker.  I believe they chop up imported colonies and grow them out, as well as selling their own farm-grown frags.  I believe they have one unit open to the public as their shop and another next door as their farm.

Otherwise as a wholesaler only, you'll be competing against places like TMC who have economies of scale. I would think farmed corals would be preferable therefore carry a price premium for most reefers given the pest concerns from red bugs, flatworms etc.
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The plan is to do whole sale only.

Phase 1 would be to start small and over two years build the tanks, quarantine and grow out.
At the same time I will try and develop a Cartesian robot with a machine vision to detect of lps coral open up and then feed a variety of foods directly to the polyps mouth.

Phase 2 would be to move into a bigger place and spawn hard to grow lps coral such as scolymia and raise the larvae. Then to move into breeding marine angelfish, yellow tangs and regal tangs.

I was thinking about selling wild corals to help get myself started.

Phase 1 will be part time.

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The plan is to do whole sale only.

Phase 1 would be to start small and over two years build the tanks, quarantine and grow out.
At the same time I will try and develop a Cartesian robot with a machine vision to detect of lps coral open up and then feed a variety of foods directly to the polyps mouth.

Phase 2 would be to move into a bigger place and spawn hard to grow lps coral such as scolymia and raise the larvae. Then to move into breeding marine angelfish, yellow tangs and regal tangs.

I was thinking about selling wild corals to help get myself started.

Phase 1 will be part time.

Ha, the robot sounds cool as. Not sure it's 100% necessary since you could just broadcast feed then skim out the excess but very interesting nonetheless!

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Update I'm starting the wholesale business from a shed start small and start cheap as possible without compromising quality.

I'm moving into my first house in November this year and will be build a shed in the garden and getting it ready for aquaculture use.
The plan has changed to selling 50% corals and then trying to breed various marine life. This includes multiple species of Clownfish, Bangai and pyjama cardinals, Blue and yellow neon gobies, peppermint shrimp, scarlett shrimp, fireshrimp, flame angelfish, Hippocampus erectus and hippocampus reidi. If there's room then cleaner wrasse as well.

The fish are to learn from and most likely wont make any money but hopefully break even. The fish are to help me learn and get ready to move into a unit in the future.
The corals will be aqua cultured with both common, uncommon and grafted variety's available.

All bloodstock will go through long quarantine periods to eliminate pests to all customers.

I will start a new thread when I start building the aquaculture shed After November this year to keep everyone updated. I really want this to work and will be focusing on 100% aquacultured livestock to make the hobby more sustainable.

Ive brought some coral trays, kriesel tanks and some small broodstock tanks along with free wooden racking its a start and brought it all second hand. if anyone could potentially help out with free marine equipment it would be greatly appreacited Im starting the buisness on a tight budget.


Whats everyone views on artfical rock? I was thinking about making my own artfical rock for sale both dry and wet (includes copepods, benficial bacteria and potentially coraline alage so theres no pests and help populates the tank without the risk of pests.)

Views and opions please

 




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Reply #19

Hi , not sure sure about the wild corals I thought the idea was to leave them alone in the sea ,
That said Duncan coral although can be a bit expensive to purchase at first make for excellent frags later easy to grow easy to frag and a good money maker
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Hi , not sure sure about the wild corals I thought the idea was to leave them alone in the sea ,
That said Duncan coral although can be a bit expensive to purchase at first make for excellent frags later easy to grow easy to frag and a good money maker
Dave

Hi Dave I don't think I mentioned wilds corals? My current idea is to buy aqua cultured frags so the so the frags from the aquaculture broodstock is well and truly 100% aquacultured. This also helps to reduce importing of wild corals and in turn allows corals to be sold even when the wild counterparts cant be imported from export bans.
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Reply #21

Have a look at reply no.16 selling wild to get started ,
It doesn't matter I'm not here to judge only here to help if I can ,I did say it half heartedly didn't mean anything by it apologies if offended you
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Have a look at reply no.16 selling wild to get started ,
It doesn't matter I'm not here to judge only here to help if I can ,I did say it half heartedly didn't mean anything by it apologies if offended you
Dave

I'm not offended at all I was just confused about where the wild corals came from haha as reply 16 wasn't recent. Any help or advice or ideas I'm here to listen. 

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Reply #23

think a big case of misunderstanding and I thank you for the offer of help when I've finally got set up
Dave

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