petco-foster-smith Breaking: Petco is planning to buy Drs. Foster & Smith, including LiveAquaria National pet-store chain Petco has entered into an agreement to acquire Drs. Foster & Smith, the leading mail order pet supply company in the nation, and parent company to our beloved LiveAquaria. The first thing that comes to mind in times like this, is how things might change for either of the companies involved. As we
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2013 Marine Breeder’s Year in Review

It’s the 4th annual installment of the Marine Breeder’s Year in Review (see past installments at 2010, 2011a, 2011b, and 2012) and frankly, it’s been an interesting if not arguably “slow” year for a change, and yet I’ll probably write more than ever! Breeders are pursuing all sorts of projects, but ‘success’ in terms of new Read More

Eastern Hulafish a Captive Bred Surprise from ORA

Trachinops taeniatus, the Eastern Hulafish, is the latest species-first in the marine breeding world to be claimed by ORA (Oceans Reefs & Aquariums). We have good reason to celebrate the introduction of this rarely available temperate fish as captive bred.  Details have yet to be shared regarding HOW the species is propagated, but it’s worth Read More

Unboxing the Vossen Aquatics Larval Snagger

If you’re into fish or invertebrate breeding, or even if you just have them spawning in your reef tank, one of the largest hurdles is getting the offspring out of your aquarium and into a larval rearing environment. You may have heard about a “larval snagger” on more than one occasion, and more often than Read More

Longfin clownfish clinches title for “guppy of the marine aquarium”

While “Guppy of the Marine Aquarium” has long been a title bestowed upon the Banggai Cardinalfish, I’ve long felt that the true guppy of the marine aquarium world, with its ubiquity of hobbyist breeding and ever-increasing diversity of aberrant, non-wild “designer forms”, is the Ocellaris & Percula Clownfish complex. If there was any remaining doubt, Read More

Bali Aquarich teases first captive bred maze angelfish – updated

While much of the marine aquarium world was recuperating from MACNA 2013, Wen-Ping Su shared the latest news out of Bali Aquarich.  The official BING translation of the caption for this photo reads “24 days Maze Angelfish, has already passed two major danger, and unlike the other immortals are: back already could see blue streak, Read More

Bali Aquarich floors us with captive-bred cleaner wrasses

Hobbyist have been chipping away at attempting to successfully breed the cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, for years, with many well-documented captive spawns in Germany and the United States, yet nothing more came from those spawns. Then a 53-day success was reported in Taiwan in 2010 which might represent the species first at that timeframe, but again…nothing more. An intriguing Read More

Fisheye Aquaculture Releases first captive-bred French Grunts

Late last year we shared with you “Grunt Breeding 101“, Rising Tide’s compendium of breeding the various Haemulon species. In an excellent example of putting Rising Tide’s R&D to practical use, Fisheye Aquaculture announced today what is believed to be the first commercially available captive-bred French Grunts, H. flavolineatum. From their release: The French Grunts Read More

ORA Rubrocinctus is now identified as Amphiprion barberi – the Fiji Clownfish

ORA announced today that upon DNA testing, it has been confirmed that the fish they have been selling as the Australian Amphiprion rubrocinctus is in fact the Fijian species Amphiprion barberi.  How did this happen? In short, it happened because years back, when the all-red clownfish from Fiji was brought into the trade as “Amphiprion rubrocinctus“, Read More

Successful First Breeding of Hawaiian Endemic Flame Pipefish, Dunckerocampus baldwini

60 day post settlement Baldwini PIpefish – Copyright Jim Welsh, 2013 Proof that hobbyists can really innovate, we’re pleased to share the news from Jim Welsh, a private aquarist, of his successsful breeding and rearing of Dunckerocampus baldwini, the endemic Flame or Redstripe Pipefish from Hawaii.  For anyone not familiar with this species name, it was Read More

Crested Oyster Gobies – 3 years to Commercially Captive-Bred

Image: Crested Oyster Goby – Cryptocentroides gobiodes – quite a looker! (image courtesy Matthew L. Wittenrich) – Male Above, Female Below In a classic example of hobby & scientific collaboration, word broke today that the Crested Oyster Goby, Cryptocentroides gobiodes, should be added to our collective list of captive-bred marine fish.  While the news was Read More

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