RCT Changes Focus

For those of you not familiar with Reef Culture Technologies (RCT) the company, founded by Frank Baensch, developed a breakthrough culture technology in 2001 for pygmy angelfishes, the most popular and prized group of aquarium fish in the trade, making the first ever captive-bred dwarf angelfishes available to the hobbyist. 

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C. fisheri by Frank Baensch

 
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95-day old juvenile Bandit angelfish by Frank Baensch

 In news released last month RCT is changing their focus from pygmy angels to other species of marine fish families to determine their culture feasibility, as well as to learn more about their spawning biology in the wild and their early life history in captivity. The objective is to develop one culture technology for a diversity of marine fish larvae. To date 11 species have been reared through settlement and many others have been raised through various stages of development. RCT is still awaiting species level identification for most specimens and will be updating their site with more information about their findings as it becomes available. We are anxiously awaiting news of how this technology works with other species. The full story can be found here: http://www.rcthawaii.com/news/1.htm Pictures of many of the fish being worked with can be seen here: http://www.bluereefphoto.org/p577578634

Tal Sweet

About Tal Sweet

Tal got back into the hobby in 2006 after a long break. After hearing Dr. Frank Marini speak at the Midwest Marine Conference in 2008 he was hooked on fish breeding . Since then he has created his own website with his personal captive breeding information and helped create the Marine Breeding Initiative. It is Tal's hope to promote captive breeding as much as possible by speaking and writing about the topic.
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