Of the thousands of marine aquarium fish species traded in the burgeoning aquarium trade, less than 10 percent are bred in captivity. The undesirable practice of collecting marine aquarium fish from the wild results in a high mortality rate of captured organisms, noticeable depletion of less abundant species, and furthermore, the destruction of coral reefs around the world. Fish culture reduces the aquarium trade’s dependency on wild caught organisms.

Cultured pygmy angelfish (Centropyge) hybrids at RCT.

My Research

Fish Breeding, Larval Fish and more... Commercial propagation of marine ornamentals is not an easy task and is complicated by ...
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Wrasses and angelfish in a collecting bucket.

Collection vs Breeding

Culturing marine ornamentals is a lucrative and environmentally sound alternative to harvesting them from their reef habitat. Unfortunately, the practice ...
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Aquaculture complex at Bali Aquarich, Indonesia.

Basic Aquaculture Process

Raising marine ornamentals in captivity principally is providing the right nutrition and environment for: Adults to produce quality eggs (Broodtock ...
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Bumphead parrotfish aggregate off a reef before spawning

Reef Fish Reproduction

Coral reefs are complex and extremely variable ecosystems. Reef fishes have evolved a fascinating and diverse reproductive biology to maximize ...
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Palette surgeonfish (Paracanthurus hepatus)

Captive-bred Species List

Marine ornamental culture has made considerable progress in recent years. About 330 marine ornamental fish species have been captive-bred as of 2017, ...
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A fish larva (example: longnose butterflyfish).


Definitions of special application to fish larvae adhesive egg - an egg which adheres on contact to substrate material or other ...
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