Frank Baensch of Reef Culture Technologies is back to raising fish and their latest target is the Hawaiian convict tang. You could be forgiven for not immediately recalling who and what RCT Hawaii is but let us refresh your memory.
RCT Hawaii was the first company to breed many different species of rare angelfish, including resplendent angelfish, debelius angelfish, and many other breakthroughs including raising Plectranthias, crosshatch triggerfish and cowfish from wild collected eggs.
Their latest effort is focused on the iconic convict tang, Acanthurus triostegus, which they’ve managed to rear to over 90 days old and appear on the cusp of settling out into tiny ‘real’ fish. As we’ve learned with the breeding of yellow tangs and regal blue tangs, the surgeonfish family have larvae with very exacting larval rearing requirements that took years of work and teams of people to achieve success.
We wish RCT Hawaii the best in their new endeavor with the convict tang and selfishly hope that it leads to captive breeding of one of our favorite fishes, the zebra tang from Mauritius.