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At Petland Racine we deliberated for a long time before making the decision to carry saltwater fish. The marine hobby can be complicated and we want to ensure that if we are participating in a market, we are supporting good actors that are working towards the sustainability of that market. Petland Racine works with internationally renown aquaculture facilities to source captive raised marine fish and corals. These include ORA, Biota, Sustainable Aquatics, Worldwide Corals, and Eye Candy Corals. We have been a regular supporter of captive raised yellow tangs and have carried Biota Yellow Tangs since they have been commercially available.
Not all fish we carry are captive raised. Fish that are sourced from the wild have a long and potentially stressful process being transported from where they are collected to a retail store. Along the way there is a high potential for fish to be exposed to and contract various diseases.
We have made the decision that all fish that are sourced from the world’s oceans will be run through a comprehensive in-store quarantine period before the fish are moved to our display tanks. This process runs between four and six weeks and is very labor intensive.
You will absolutely pay more for a fish that has been quarantined compared to one that is sold right from a distributor’s box. There are many benefits that make this cost worth it. You may potentially save money in the long-run by purchasing entirely captive raised and pre-quarantined saltwater fish.