Ladies and Gentlemen I'm constantly fascinated with corals and would love to start a coral farm to aquaculture corals.
I'm an apprentice production engineer who has two coral tanks a 100 litre soft coral and a 180 litre stony coral tank. I just think corals are amazing and so good to look at and its fun to grow them.
I've been thinking about starting out small and slow by collecting as many species as possible that are easy to propagate and would sell well and then to grow around 10 colony's from the parents. From the colony's I would let them to grow out to be fragged for small frags or mini colony's and let them encrust to then be sold for wholesale. The plan is to start out in a shed and sell eye catching soft corals and SPS as they would be the easiest to propagate and grow. While growing out colony's of other coral to build stock over the years. I wouldn't be selling any corals for a good few years as I would rather let them adjust to the system and grow rapidly.
I plan in the future to buy a unit for my coral farm but also for other activitys.
I would also try to breed scolymia, elagance coral, fungia corals by attempting to get them to spawn this will take research and many attempts. I dont expect to make any profit for years to come but I would love to give it ago and support it through my job and coral swaps, sells until I can geta larger volume of coral for sale.
Unfortunately I wouldnt be trying it with hard to grow corals that wont be profitable such as wall hammers due to there slow growth compared to branching hammers.
The plain is to do all of this part time and to automate the all of the water parameters. The goal is to make profit but wont be expecting any profit for many years to come.
What is everyones opion of this? any suggestions?