Captive Breeding

Long Term Homes

Bristol Aquarium is part of a new generation of animal attractions that concentrates on displaying aquatic life in as near natural conditions as possible.

All of the animals at the aquarium were chosen with the future very much in mind. The adult size of the fish was carefully considered and none of our fish will grow too large for their displays and have to re-homed.

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This is why we do not have large sharks or other large fish that would, in time, grow too big for our tanks. We strongly believe that it is our responsibility to provide long term, sustainable homes for our fish, both now and in the future.

All of the fish and other animals here at the aquarium have come from ecologically responsible sources and no damage has been caused to the natural world in bringing them here.

Native Species

Although we specialise in tropical displays we also display a large number of native aquatic species highlighting the fact that ‘home-grown’ species are just as exciting and unusual as fish from more exotic climes.

All native species have either been transported from existing aquarium exhibits or responsibly collected in accordance with our DEFRA small animal collection licence.

Tropical Marine

All our tropical species have been sourced either from other aquariums or from Marine Aquarium Council accredited suppliers. Any wild caught specimens are from fully sustainable populations.

Tropical Freshwater

A large number of the tropical freshwater fish have been re-homed from wildlife rescue organisations after being either donated, abandoned or confiscated – many have simply outgrown their original tanks and will be able to live out the remainder of their lives in spacious, naturally-themed habitats.

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Captive breeding

Captive breeding is an important aspect of Bristol Aquarium’s philosophy and an excellent indicator of the health and well-being of our stock.

Why do we do it?

Captive breeding not only helps ease the pressure on wild populations but also allows more research to be done both on their behaviour and on ways to help safeguard their long term future in the wild.

We have bred or are breeding

–          Mangrove killifish

–          Pot bellies seahorses

–          Reidi seahorses

–          Moon jellies

–          15-spined sticklebacks

–          Snakelocks, plumosestrawberry and beadlet anemonies

–          Lesser Spotted Dogfishes

–          Bullhuss

–          Blonde rays

–          Thornback rays

–          Bamboo sharks

–          5 different species of Malawi cichlids

–          Convict cichlids

–          Geophagus cichlids

–          Panda corydoras

–          Bristle nosed catfish

–          Plecostomus catfish