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Todd Gardner

About Todd Gardner

Todd Gardner is a professor of marine biology at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY. His life and his career have both been shaped by his passion for marine life and he has written numerous scientific and popular articles about his research and experiences collecting, keeping, and culturing marine organisms. Todd’s professional background includes work on a National Geographic documentary, commercial aquaculture at C-quest Hatchery in Puerto Rico, and an 11-year term at the Long Island Aquarium where he spent much of his time developing techniques for rearing marine fish larvae. To date he has raised more than 50 species. In 2013 Todd received the prestigious Aquarist of the Year Award from the Marine Aquarium Society of North America (MASNA). In his spare time, Todd dives, photographs marine life, runs marathons, and plays in a blues band.
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Swarming Mysids

Springtime in New York brings the return of migratory birds and fishes, hibernating reptiles and amphibians, and if you know where to look, massive swarms of the mysid shrimp, Neomysis americana.  These mysids provide great opportunities for hungry marine life and thrifty aquarists.… More:

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Long Island Collecting Log: A tale of two goatfish

Divers and fish collectors in Long Island waters commonly encounter two species of goatfish: the red goatfish, Mullus auratus, and the spotted goatfish, Pseudupeneus maculatus.  Although they are similar in outward appearance, their behavior and adaptability to aquarium life varies significantly.  As with most species, these differences are, in part, a reflection of ecological differences that can be observed in the wild.… More:

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Long Island Collecting Log, Part 1: October Magic

As the days shorten and the nights get colder in New York, the beach crowds and SCUBA divers give way to cold north winds and bundled-up fishermen, cashing in on the fall striped bass migration.  Between the less-than-favorable weather, and the need to return to winter routines, many tropical fish collectors around here have thrown in the towel for the season.  But we die-hards have a secret.  … More:

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Deep-water Anthias collected in Long Island bay…in 3ft of water!

IMG 7151sm Deep water Anthias collected in Long Island 3ft of water! This time of year, when I get a call from my friend, Bob Janke, it usually means he’s on his way home from a snorkeling trip in Shinnecock or Moriches bay and he’s giving me a tropical fish report.  When I find multiple missed calls and text messages, it usually means he either caught something that he can’t identify or he caught something really cool, like a French angelfish.  Two years ago he brought me a creole fish (Paranthias furcifer), that turned out to be a new species for New York State and a range record for the species.  When I called Bob back yesterday, he described a small fish that he caught hiding among the cracks of a rotting piling in 3 feet of water in Shinnecock bay as “very similar in shape and behavior to the creole fish, but pink rather than maroon.”  I immediately thought of the Anthiinae, the subfamily of Serranids that includes Anthias and related genera, but I tried not to get too excited­­.  As far as I know, there are no shallow-water members of this group in the Atlantic. IMG 7121sm Deep water Anthias collected in Long Island 3ft of water! Five minutes later, Bob pulled his car up to the loading dock of the Aquarium and got out, still dripping wet, holding a… More:

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Bucks County Aquarium Society Annual Workshop

If you’re in the area, consider coming out to the annual workshop of the Bucks County Aquarium Society at the Silver Lake Nature Center in Bristol, PA this Saturday June 8.  I will be speaking about Frontiers in Marine Fish Culture and I’ll be joined by an impressive lineup of speakers including Albert Thiel, Francis Lupangco (from Nat Geo’s Fish Tank Kings), and Mark Denaro. bucks county aquarium society annual workshop06082013 jpg opt660x825o00s660x825 Bucks County Aquarium Society Annual Workshop For more information, check out  … More:

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Another mystery larva identified and another industry first at the Long Island Aquarium

One of the most exciting things about my job is watching larval fish develop when I have no idea what species they are.  I spend hours peering into my larval rearing tanks, looking for similarities between the larvae and the fishes in our 20,000-gallon coral reef tank, from which we regularly collect pelagic eggs.… More:

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DNA sequencing reveals two Genicanthus species almost raised at the Long Island Aquarium

mystery angel93sm DNA sequencing reveals two Genicanthus species almost raised at the Long Island Aquarium Last summer I reported on that I had raised a number of marine angelfish (around a dozen in all) to more than one month of age using only cultured copepods obtained from Algagen. In each case, the late-stage larvae began to show a marked increase in pigmentation and changes in behavior that often coincide with settlement.… More:

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Captive-bred Candy Bass Headed to Market

CBsq 2 Captive bred Candy Bass Headed to Market The first captive-bred candy bass, Liopropoma carmabi, has finally reached market size and is headed to Dynasty Marine today – and it only took 9 months!… More:

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