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Reef Threads Podcast #226

Quality Marine is offering commercially raised clown triggerfish from Biota Marine Life Nursery in Palau.

We’re back with more marine/reef/aquarium chit chat. This week’s topics include Rod’s Food, Reefapalooza, the MBI workshop, MASNA scholarships, captive breeding, and parenting. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
Rod’s Food website

MBI Workshop
MBI Workshop, July 25, Cranbrook Institute, Bloomfield Hills, MI

MASNA Scholarships
MASNA Scholarship applications due June 19

Clown triggerfish
Commercially Raised Clown Triggerfish available now, Leonard Ho, Advanced Aquarist

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Reef Threads Podcast #178

The Dragonface pipe fish that lived to 6.5 weeks. More to come from Kathy with this species.Renowned fish breeder Kathy Leahy joins us this week to talk about her long and successful history in the hobby. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary Kathy’s Clowns MBI Workshop

Reef Threads Podcast #176

A multi-colored trach from a LFS.We return from the big Jubilee podcast to talk about the reef-aquarium hobby once again. This week’s subjects include the Marine Breeders Institute workshop, ich and aiptasia, euthanizing and disposing of fish, light-dark cycles, and stupid mistakes. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary MBI Workshop Light-dark animal cycles Stupid stuff we do

Vossen’s larvae catchers put to the test with Lipogramma klayi

It’s been several months since I raised my first Lipogramma klayi at the Long Island Aquarium. Sadly, I’ve only had two more reach settlement since then.  One of the bottlenecks to the mass production of this beautiful deepwater basslet, as well as other grammatids, is that they are what we sometimes refer to as “trickle” spawners because although they spawn often, they lay only a few eggs at a time.… More:


For those of you that will be attending the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) next weekend, the Marine Breeding Initiative (MBI) has a set up a short presentation followed by a panel discussion. Chad Penney will be giving a presentation on the overall goals of the MBI and how the site works.  Following Chad’s presentation, Richard Ross will lead a moderated panel discussion where attendees will be able to ask questions about captive breeding. Members of the panel will include: Rod Buehler (Rod’s Food), David Durr, Matt Pedersen, Chad Penney, Julian Sprung (Two Little Fishies), and Tal Sweet. Put your thinking caps on and come up with some good questions for our panel! This event will take place at 1pm on Saturday, September 10, in Hall C. Please feel free to join us, ask questions, and hang out with others interested in captive breeding of marine ornamentals.… More:

Second Annual Marine Breeder’s Workshop

The Marine Breeder’s Workshop

  The Marine Breeding Initiative and the Marinelife Aquarium Society of Michigan are pleased to be hosting the Second annual Marine Breeder’s Workshop on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The MBI Workshop is a full day event that focuses solely on captive breeding of marine fishes and invertebrates. In an effort to support and encourage captive breeding, the MBI Council has designed a workshop that will both inspire and assist anyone interested in captive breeding. Members of the professional aquarium community are encouraged to attend. The Workshop will begin at 9:00am with presentations by our first speakers, followed by a break for lunch. After lunch we will finish with the final speakers. There will be plenty of time to mingle with the speakers and other attendees throughout the day. Sharing information is the prime focus of the event. 

Matthew Wittenrich speaking at the first Marine Breeder's Workshop in 2010

 The list of speakers this year is quite impressive and offers something for everyone. 
  • Todd Gardner from Atlantis Marine World in NY
  • Jay Hemdal from the Toledo Zoo
  • Matthew Pedersen MASNA Aquarist of the Year 2009
  • Randy Reed from Reed Mariculture and Reef Nutrition
  • Matthew L. Wittenrich PhD, MASNA Aquarist of the Year 2010

  Attendees will have plenty of “one on one” time to ask questions and discuss their own, personal, breeding efforts with the speakers, both during and after the event. An added benefit will be the ability to interact with other breeders from around the country that will be in attendance. More details about each speaker can be found on the MASM events page located here: http://www.masm.org/Events/Event.aspx?ID=121 

Witt talking "fish" with attendees. Photo by Amy Wiers


Matt Pedersen talking about BIG fish! Photo by Amy Weirs

 Attendees that have been participating in the MBI and have reached the next Breeder level since last year will be presented with awards during a ceremony after the last presentation. 

2010 MBI Breeder Awards Photo by Amy Weirs

 Check in Starts at 8:30 am and the program will start promptly at 9:00 am. Early Bird Tickets are only $20 before June 23rd, $30 after June 23rd, and $40 at the Door.
Early Bird Ticket sales end at 12 midnight on June 23rd. Ticket price includes admittance to all speakers as well as lunch.… More:

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