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Commercially Available Porkfish

Figure 1. Captive bred Porkfish juvenile available fromFishEye Aquaculture. Three years ago we posted a blog stating the commercial production potential of Porkfish, Anisotremis virginicus (Porkfish Protocol – Rising Tide’s First Commercial Species). As you’ll recall, researchers at the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory collected eggs spawned at SeaWorld Orlando and grew them to the juvenile phase and beyond. This was not the first time that Porkfish had been grown in captivity (again credit goes to Martin Moe and company). It was, however, the first time that Porkfish had been grown from eggs spawned in captivity using standard commercial production protocols; including the use of hatchery grown live feeds (rotifers and Artemia). This proved inspiring to one of Rising Tide’s industry partners who decided to add this fish to their list of available species. Figure 2. Captive bred Porkfish juveniles available fromFishEye Aquaculture

Reef Threads Podcast #200

This week we celebrate our 200th podcast.This week we reach a major milestone with our 200th Reef Threads podcast. To help us celebrate, we’re joined by Rich Ross, Ben Johnson, and Jeremy. This week we talk about various aspects of the hobby and what lies ahead for us. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Rising Tide Intern Joe Frith

Hello Everybody!  My name is Joe Frith and I have been interning here at the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin, FL for the past 2 months. I would first like to say “thank you” to Dr. Judy St. Leger, Eric, Kevin, Roy, Craig, Jon and the rest of the staff here at the Lab for giving me this opportunity and making this a meaningful experience. I’m currently an undergraduate at the University of Missouri-Columbia completing my degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a minor in Biology

CORAL Excerpt – Project Coral: Inducing Predictable Broadcast Spawning of Stony Corals In Captivity

Project Coral – By Jamie Craggs | Coral Magazine, March/April 2014 The following excerpt is a selection from “Project Coral” by Jamie Craggs. Get it now in the March/April 2014 issue of CORAL Magazine Whilst there have been captive coral spawning events in a few public aquariums and a small number of home aquariums around the world, they have always been unplanned, incidental events, often catching the onlooker by surprise. So the challenge of spawning corals in a controlled, predictable way is considerable and presents some major obstacles. Despite this, I’ve always felt it could be achieved if the approach was right. When we attempt to breed aquarium animals, the method is the same in principle. First we need to research the individual environmental and/or nutritional components that trigger a species to reproduce in the wild; then, using that knowledge, we replicate these conditions in our aquariums. Surely, inducing broadcast corals like Acropora to spawn in captivity should be no different, even if their environmental cues and triggers are more elusive to define

Feeding Corals with Sustainable Aquatics Hatchery Diet

Scolymia eating Hatchery Diet pelletsIf you are unfamiliar with the Tidal Gardens coral farm, much of our aquaculture process depends on the fast growth of our corals and the long-term health of our colonies. Coral nutrition is a major factor. We constantly experiment with different foods for our coral. Corals that are fed consistently have dramatically improved coloration and display much better polyp extension. It’s always interesting to see coral colonies that we have had for years sitting next to colonies we recently acquired. They look like completely different animals in many cases. As much as we like to stuff our corals with food, some corals are not as receptive to feeding as others.

Aquaculturing Tropical Fish in Israel’s Desert

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk_NGiruIXE Despite the arid environment, Arava Research and Development Center in Israel produces captive-bred freshwater and marine aquarium fish, mainly for the European market. For more information – http://israel21c.org/environment/raising-nemo-in-the-desert/ Credit: ISRAEL21cdotcom Thanks to Adam Pierce for bringing this to our attention.

Todd Gardner Named 2013 Aquarist of the Year!

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Saturday night Todd Gardner was named the 2013 MASNA Aquarist of the Year. This announcement was no surprise to many of us aware of Todd’s accomplishments. I have had the great honor of experiencing first hand the late nights and hard work that has gone into achieving many of those successes. I have lived through the excitement and seen the disappointments that inevitably precede those achievements. While there are many who may not know much about Todd besides his recent successes with Liopropoma sp., he has over 20 years in the industry and a list of accomplishments that is impressive even for someone with that longevity.… More:

Pacific East’s Ugly Acans

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Our friends at Pacific East Aquaculture are having a sale on some very special Australian corals, including their selection of “Ugly Acans”.  If nothing else, enjoy the eye candy.… More:

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