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CAPTIVE RAISED CLOWN FISH FROM IDAHO
Each article that I am privileged to share with you seems to touch a place deeper in my heart. I try desperately to find the words to express the miracles, the beauty, and gifts given to all of us who work with these incredible reef animals. When I started this journey over 16 years ago I never could have imagined the challenges that I would be facing. I am proud of the advancements the entire hobby has made.

That I would be raising hundreds of baby Clownfish certainly never crossed my mind. I was too busy trying to understand the setup, filtering, lighting, and overall care of these closed ecosystems. I also never forget to remember that if LeRoy had not given me my first empty tank on Valentines Day 1996 I would probably have always been on the sidelines watching the wonderful reef aquariums. I am not one for just asking questions, and never seeking the answers for myself.

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I still pinch my arm when walking into my office because the breathtaking beauty of my reefs can simply NOT be captured in a picture. I remember the words from the many experts telling me that I could never keep so many types of coral and fish in my reefs, and they said my reefs could thrive with tank grown live rock. (Now many of them are following my lead).

I want to just repeat the message to all of you as strongly as I can that you can have fantastic reef aquarium that cause little or no impact on the wild reefs.

We share these pictures, these experiences, and this journey in hopes of making yours as rewarding adventure as ours continues to be. Each step we take to have our success we share with you for the voice of the wild reefs are crying loud they need our help, our understanding and our compassion.

The gift LeRoy gave me over 16 years ago can not be put into words but it can be passed onto you and with that comes our hope that you will pass your success unto many others.

My oldest tank is now almost seven years old, the one next to it is now almost 16 years old and the one next to that one is almost 4 years old. You have been able to watch these tanks grow and develop from day one, and I have shared the many updates and developments that have occurred over the years. I also have a propagation unit in my office that houses about 1500 coral cuttings at any given time.

But surrounding all of this and blanketing my eyes each night when I go to sleep are these amazing baby Clownfish that I have loved into being. Instead of counting sheep to fall asleep I count and name many baby Clownfish. They just are the cutest babies one could ever lay their eyes on. It certainly touches my heart knowing that these fish in this picture would not be alive if it was not for us at GARF. I can even tell you what this little guy is saying in this picture.

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For once the eggs are laid in the main tank I wait until the eighth day and remove the clutch of eggs into a 10-gallon for hatching, feeding, pleading, praying, and asking for every miracle to make these little guys live. This is my first successful batch however at this time Bonnie is about six months old and I removed her and her brothers and sisters from the little 10 gallon into my 4 year old reef. I can not tell you how afraid I was to make that first move. I would have left them in their little 10 gallon forever but I needed the tank for the next hatch.

I rolled up my sleeves and promised them the moon and stars that their new home would be less crowded and more full of toys for them to play with. The move went successful and this is Bonnie looking back at me asking me hurry Mommy take a home picture of me in my new homeJ. I think she wanted to go exploring and begin making friends with these new creatures she just was introduced to.

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Many counselors report that there is no greater bond than the one between Mom and child and let me tell you these Clownfish truly think that I am their Mom. For until I move them to another tank all they see is me and their brothers and sisters.

We first start feeding them rotifers, and then brine shrimp, and then flake food. I sit for hours watching them to make certain all of them are getting something to eat. I stand with my head bent sideways watching them eat and one day someone came into the office and asked, how come your babies swim side ways? I laughed for I then realized that they were looking at me as I was looking at them

I am proud to report this whole batch is doing great in this tank. Several have paired with fish from other places and they will be making their own nests very soon.

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There is a great deal of work involved in raising Clownfish but it is so worth it. The best rotifer and green water cultures we have ever come across is come from Randy Reed. Good green water is a must for the baby Clownfish first food. The rotifers must be fed with green water so they are high in nutrition.

If you are interested in learning more about how we are raising these babies and what we do, I will be happy to share in detail more articles. I am learning more on this subject with each spawn. Also, we would be very delighted to hear from those of you who are also bringing this incredible life into the World for the more we know the more we can share, and leads to the more hope that we pass unto the next generation of hobbyist.

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FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO PURCHASE, TRADE, AND SAVE AS MANY TYPES OF CORALS AS WE CAN.


IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE SOME OF SALLY JO'S GREAT NEW CUTTINGS PLEASE CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-600-6163

We are having a special on all of the coral cuttings. WHEN YOU PURCHASE 5 AT THE REGULAR PRICE OF $100 WE WILL GIVE YOU TWO FREE CORALS!.

We will continue to provide the most current data on reef farming for both education and profit.


WE SHIP THE LARGE DRY ARAGOCRETETM SCULPTURES OVER NIGHT - SHIPPING IS FREE - CHOOSE A MASTER PIECE FROM EDDIE POSTMA FOR ONLY 5.00 PER POUND DRY WEIGHT. THEY ARE VERY STRONG AND LARGE FOR THE WEIGHT.

For us to fill your order, please enter your name, E-mail and phone numbers and WE WILL CALL YOU SO YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM THE MANY CORALS WE GROW FOR OUR RESEARCH

We will also get a shipping date. We will check your mailing address and payment information. Thank you!! Alternatively, you may also print out and either mail or fax your order to 208-344-6189

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GREAT GARF SPECIAL - WITH EACH ORDER YOU CAN PICK ONE AVAILABLE CORAL FOR FREE

We will custom mix your Reef JanitorsTM from our great mix of algae eating snails and hermits.

PLEASE SEND ME
Red Leg Hermit Crabs for -- $2.98 each, plus shipping and handling
algae eating snails for -- $2.98 each, plus shipping and handling
Garf GrungeTM live sand activator for -- $5.00 per lb., plus shipping and handling

30 GALLON REEF Forty five reef janitors for only $1.00 each.
-- $45.00, plus shipping and handling
50 GALLON REEF Eighty two reef janitors for only $1.00 each
-- $82.00, plus shipping and handling
100 GALLON REEF One hundred fifty reef janitors for only $1.00 each.
-- $150.00, plus shipping and handling

For us to fill your order, please enter your name, E-mail and phone numbers and we will call you to take down the size of your aquarium so we can help you order the proper mixture of reef janitors and Garf Grunge. We will ask for your mailing address and payment information. Thank you!! Alternatively, you may also print out and either mail or fax your order to 208-344-6189





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