New Dawn Aquaculture was founded out of a passion for saltwater aquariums, and the need for this hobby to become more sustainable and ethical. In our opinion, there is no work of art more beautiful than a mature and thriving reef aquarium. Our goal is to help people set up their own living works of art while also providing them the comfort that their reef aquarium has had no impact on the reefs of our oceans.

We do this by focusing on offering aquacultured alternatives to the animals that have been traditionally imported and sold in this hobby. While this is a more ethical approach it's also nessesary for this hobby to survive. The wild supply that this industry has relied on for so many years is constantly diminishing and we set up New Dawn Aquaculture to ensure that the saltwater aquarium hobby can survive in Canada even if the supply of wild animals from the ocean is fully cut off.

Aquacultured Corals

Aquacultured corals are the core of our business. New Dawn Aquaculture first launched in 2019 only offering a limited range of aquacultured corals. Since then we have expanded our coral farm from 300 to over 1500 gallons and we're already seeing the need to expand again. We're always looking to increase the amount of corals we can offer, so we've been constantly acquiring new, unique, and unusual species of corals to add to our farm.

There are many reasons why we believe that aquaculture is the way forward for the reef aquarium industry. The wild supply issues aside, aquacultured corals are highly adapted to the conditions of a saltwater aquarium, and this avoids many of mortality issues that plague some freshly imported corals. Wild corals also tend to come in with various pests which can be hard to eradicate. The corals that we farm have been quarantined prior to entering our farm systems and have been living for years with fish populations purposefully selected to excel at pest eradication.  While there is no perfect way to deal with aquarium pests and it's impossible for anyone to guarantee that their tanks are 100% pest free we feel that we do everything possible to ensure that no coral ships with a saltwater aquarium pest.

Captive-Bred Fish

Shortly after launching New Dawn Aquaculture we started offering captive-bred fish. All of our captive-bred fish are sourced from ORA or Biota, two of the most trusted and respected saltwater aquarium fish breeders in the industry. We trust these breeders as they have continuously shipped us healthy, pest free, and disease free fish.

Much like with corals we believe that the saltwater aquarium hobby needs to lose its reliance on wild fish. While there is currently a limited amount of fish being successfully captive-bred, the number of species is constantly increasing and in a few years we believe that you'll see most of the popular wild saltwater aquarium fish being offered with captive-bred alternatives.

Dry Goods

We only sell the dry goods that we use in our coral farm. While this does limit the products and brands that we're able to offer, it gives our customers the confidence that these products are being used to successfully farm corals and keep healthy and happy saltwater fish. If it's a product that helps us successfully maintain our coral farm we know that it can also help you successfully maintain your saltwater aquarium. 

Our Farm

Mitchell Ballou runs our coral farm. When he's not packing boxes to get you your corals, he's either making new frags, testing the farm's water chemistry, feeding the corals, or taking the photos you see on our website 

Our Farm is organized into multiple coral flats for each type of coral. We have flats dedicated to SPS Corals, LPS Corals, and Soft Corals. We do this so we can dial in the parameters and create ideal conditions for all of the coral that we farm. For example, there is much more light and flow in our SPS coral flats than you'll find in our LPS coral flats.

All of our fish are housed in dedicated captive-bred fish systems. Each of these systems is dedicated to a single breeder and used to house the captive-bred fish we receive from them. Great care is taken to ensure these systems do not get cross contaminated. We only introduce new fish into these systems when receiving an order from that system's breeder.