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How To Collect Your Own Fish and Invertebrates

Collecting fish and invertebrates from the ocean for your own saltwater aquarium or business can be satisfying, and may sound easy to do, but IS challenging. Having the right equipment to catch and transport the animals safely are just a few things one needs to know about. With 10 years experience collecting and shipping Hawaiian livestock worldwide, your Guides share their techniques and secrets.

Collect Marine Aquarium Fish on Vacation
Just about every marine aquarist who has snorkeled or dove in tropical waters while on vacation has wanted to catch the fish they see and take them home with them. It can certainly be done, but there are a number of factors to take into account before you undertake this challenge.

Collecting Your Own Tropical Fish
Collecting Your Own Tropical Fish is a 7 part series which details how to collect your own tropical fish, including: collection buckets, hand nets, collection nets, capturing fish, decompressing fish and transporting fish. Also included in this series are several true stories of encounters with sharks.

Collecting Tropical Fish By Sustainable Harvest Methods
If you are contemplating collecting tropical fish from the oceans, it is your obligation to treat the reef well. Over-harvesting will only destroy the resource. Here is a method for harvesting marine tropical fish which will preserve the resource for decades into the future.

Making Money With Your Reef Aquarium
Making Money With Your Reef Aquarium - Introduction to Equipment Buying Choices, You can actually make money with your reef tank. Maybe not a lot, but you can easily make enough to pay for your hobby and have a lot of fun at the same time.

Making Money With Your Reef Aquarium
Here is how you can make money by growing coral cuttings and live rock in your saltwater aquarium.

Transporting Your Fish
After you have captured your fish, you will need to transport them to your holding tanks without damaging them. It's not all that hard, if you follow a few simple rules.

Collecting Your Own Fish - Decompressing Fish
Understanding why fish collected below 25 feet need to be decompressed and how to do it. Decompressing fish is just another of the steps taken while catching your own fish.

Collecting Your Own Fish - Capturing Fish
Collecting Your Own Fish - Capturing Fish. Knowing how a fish acts and what it might do definitely makes a difference in how well you will do at catching them, not only in the ocean, but even in your own aquarium.

Collecting Your Own Fish - Making Your Hand Nets
How to build your own tropical fish collecting hand nets. Parts list as well as instructions for making your own hand nest for collecting tropical fish.

Collecting Your Own Tropical Aquarium Fish
Collecting Your Own Tropical Aquarium Fish - Collection Nets Building your own tropical fish collection nets for capturing tropical fish.

Buying, Making & Using Tropical Fish Catch Buckets
Instructions for buying, making & using tropical fish catch buckets for collecting your own tropical fish.

Don't Put Your Hands in the Water!!
A Salty Story - Don't Put Your Hands In The Water - A true story about collecting your own tropical fish.

A Hammerhead Shark Pays Us a Visit
A Hammerhead Shark Pays Us a Visit - A salty Story - A true story of an encounter with a Hammerhead Shark while collecting tropical fish in Hawaii.

Surprised by a Big Gray Shark
Surprised by a Big Gray Shark - A Salty Story - A true story of being surprised by a very large Gray Shark while collecting tropical fish in Hawaii.

Tropical Fish Collecting Quiz
A fun quiz about collecting tropical fish with questions about sharks, eels, decompressing fish, anchoring the boat and more.

Introduction to Collecting Fish
The first article in this series by your Guides Debbie and Stan is an introduction to collecting saltwater fish, from their own perspective and experience of having done so for 10 years. It provides a basic outline of some things you need to do and know about BEFORE going out into the ocean and catching things.

How To Capture Fish
Here's the nuts and bolts of how to actually capture the fish. Once you figure out how to "read" the fish you will know how and where to place your net.

How To Decompress Fish
As with humans, fish may need to be decompressed before they can be brought to the surface. Failing to properly decompress a fish can result in death or permanent damage. It's not hard to properly decompress a fish, it just takes a little time.

How To Transport Fish You Have Collected
Now you need to know how to get the fish you have collected from the ocean to your aquarium safely. Much of the information provided here pertains to how to put fish into the catch bucket without it escaping or getting damaged.

A Salty Story
A true story by Richard Londeree owner/operator of Tampa Bay Saltwater. In November, 1998 Richard thought that it was going to be a routine day on the ocean. It wasn't. Richard lost his boat and nearly lost his life.

How to Make Money With Your Saltwater (Marine) Aquarium
You can actually make money with your reef tank. Maybe not a lot, but you can easily make enough to pay for your hobby and have a lot of fun at the same time. Here is how you can make money by growing coral cuttings and live rock in your saltwater aquarium.

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