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Banggais again

Posted on May 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I saw some great looking captive bred Banggais in Aquatic Treasures, a store that buys fish from me, and I got 4 to begin my next attempt at banggai breeding.  They all seem to be eating frozen mash and pellets, so now I just need to find some more from a different broodstock so as to increase the chances not to be mating brothers and sisters.

Banggais Now

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Now Matt Petersen, a fellow marine fish breeder, has started a project with some friends called Banggai Rescue! These cardinalfish have become endangered, and since they are found only in a small secluded area of the ocean, it is easy to see why.

The Banggai Rescuers will attempt to discover the source of the virus that has been the demise of many a Banggai, devise methods of breeding them in situ for the Fishermen and women of the Banggai Islands, and also methods of breeding them that are scalable for the US and European markets. They will publish a book of their adventures, with illustrations by a fine scientific illustrator, sell T-shirts, and other decorated clothing as well.

If you want to contribute or get the first copies of the book, etc. go to

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/603466482/the-banggai-rescue-project?ref=live

I'm going to try the Banggai breeding thing again. I'll be emptying one of my small systems of clownfish soon, to use it to house 4 pairs of broodstock, to see if there is anything I can contribute to this project. I'll keep you posted. 

Banggais in the past 2

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I gave up on these as despite having a couple of mated pairs that spawned with some regularity, none would hold the eggs more than 3 days, and 4 days is the earliest one can expect to artificially incubate and hatch those eggs.

I gave the pairs to a fellow aquarist and aquarium service guy, who placed them in wonderful reef tanks for their owners to care for and enjoy.

Now Matt Petersen, a fellow marine fish breeder, has started a project with some friends called Banggai Rescue! These cardinalfish have become endangered,

Banggai Cardinalfish

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Some years ago, my Banggai pair spawned!

Banggais are mouth brooders. The male incubates the fertilized eggs and sometimes hatchlings in his mouth for about 3 weeks. Mr Banggai has had two opportunities for incubation so far, and has eaten the eggs both times. But he is young and inexperienced, so we hope for more in the future from him. They sure are fun to watch!