Estimative shows that over 90% of marine ornamental animals sold worldwide are collected from coral reefs. In this sense, there is a need for ornamental fish aquaculture in order to guarantee marine biodiversity. However, for ornamental market acceptance and competitiveness of captive-bred fish is necessary optimize production and costs.
This study evaluated the influence of stocking density and effect of different diets in profitability maximization of the anemonefish, Amphiprion percula, one of the most popular marine ornamental fish.
Was demonstrated that a diet with 41% of protein will ensure optimal growth and stocking density is a critical and relevant point that change the cost-effectiveness and the quality of the fish produced in captivity.