About Biota Aquariums
“People protect what they love” – Jacques Yves Cousteau
French scientist, naval officer and filmmaker Jacques Yves Cousteau was a pioneer of marine conservation. Cousteau invented modern diving with the Aqua-Lung, a breathing device for scuba diving. His work was the launch pad for the human race to begin in depth underwater research, and start to understand the marine environment.
Cousteau identified the key to saving his beloved oceans early on – that he needed to inspire people to learn about and love the marine environment if they were going to protect it for future generations.
Cousteau’s philosophy and love of the ocean is shared by Biota Aquariums. Conservation and sustainability are at the heart of our organization. Here’s how.
Who is Behind Biota Aquariums?
Conceived from a passion to share the ocean’s great beauty, born from the relentless pursuit to conserve its integrity, Biota Aquariums strives to provide fully sustainable aquatic environments that inspire awe to a new generation of marine enthusiasts.
Biota Aquariums is a brand rooted in marine biology through its founders Kevin Gaines and Tom Bowling.
Kevin Gaines is a microbiologist who has been keeping marine fish and invertebrates for over 40 years and breeding them for over 20. He has rich experience in retail aquarium stores and marine wholesalers.
Kevin is a former marine life collector, and founded the world’s largest marine ornamental fish and coral farm in Florida. He is also director of the Coral Restoration Foundation, a nonprofit growing coral to restore reefs in Florida Keys and the Caribbean. Kevin is lives in Florida with his family.
Tom Bowling is a marine biologist, commercial diver and aquaculture technician who runs the Biota Marine Life Nursery on the Pacific Island of Palau, one of the world’s largest marine reserves. He has worked in aquaculture, public aquariums and marine science around the world.
Tom is passionate about developing sustainable aquaculture to restock and support the marine environment. He has had particular success with fish that are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity including thread-fin snappers, bumphead parrotfish and clown triggers. Most of the fish being bred for Biota Aquariums are from our Palau nursery.
Take Nothing From The Ocean
All living items in a Biota Aquarium are sustainably aquacultured, or farmed, meaning we do not extract the ocean’s resources. We know where our fish, live rock, and corals come from, we know how they’re raised and cared for. Our own Biota Palau Marine Life Nursery in the Pacific, the brainchild of Biota co-founder Tom Bowling, supplies one of the fish species and the corals for the Biota tanks. The remaining items come from an aquaculture farm in Florida.
Why did Tom and Kevin develop Biota Aquariums?
Tom and Kevin want to attract a new generation to the marine hobby and inspire them to learn about the ocean and the need to protect it. While the technology to keep and breed marine species in captivity has developed, the majority of saltwater fish sold for aquariums continue to be taken from the ocean and then exposed to numerous holding systems which contain many different types of bacteria and parasites.
All living items in a Biota Aquarium are sustainably aquacultured, or farmed, meaning we do not extract the ocean’s resources. We know where our fish, live rock, and corals come from, meaning you receive healthy, disease-free pets with a ‘safe arrival’ guarantee.
Our own Biota Palau Marine Life Nursery in the Pacific, the brainchild of Biota co-founder Tom Bowling, supplies one of the fish species and the corals for the Biota tanks. The remaining livestock come from an aquaculture farm in Florida. Easy to follow instructions guide customers through set up to help them create a successful, beautiful aquarium that will be the centerpiece of their home, office or school.
Healthy, disease-free fish
We provide you with hardy, aquacultured fish that we acclimate at our Marine Life Center in Florida. Healthy fish mean better outcomes and fewer unnecessary deaths.
For every fish you buy Biota Aquariums will release a fish into the ocean at the Biota Marine Life Nursery in Palau.Our Marine Life Nursery is also undertaking valuable research and pioneering the sustainable aquaculture of fish species that have been hard to breed in captivity.Biota Aquariums will donate a portion of its income via 1% For The Planet to ocean conservation. We’re proud to be part of a movement that believes business is responsible for positive change and that we should leave the planet better than we found it.We’re also members of the Pet Sustainability Coalition. The Coalition is about improving environmental and social sustainability in the pet industry through education, collaboration, and implementation tools.