On Friday I reported on the new line of products from Reed Mariculture called “APBreed“. It took me a minute to figure out what the name stood for. At first, I thought it was an App for breeding. After a closer look at the logo, and a chat with Gresham, I realized that the APB part stands for “Aquarists, Propagators, and Breeders” and the “Reed” part… well, that’s obvious now.
I was lucky enough to be involved in the testing process of the new Top-Dressed Otohime (TDO) and I have to say that I’m very impressed. I’ve been breeding clownfish for a few years now and the coloration and growth I’m seeing with TDO are spectacular! In the past I used a mix of various flake foods, crushed with a mortar and pestle, and frozen cyclopeeze for juveniles that were weaned off rotifers and Otohime A. The results were fine, but nothing out of the ordinary.
I started using the full TDO product line last April on a batch of Picasso and Darwin A. ocellaris juveniles that are housed in the same tank. Otohime is a high quality marine fish food from Japan that is available in various sizes starting at ~250 microns. The process of “top-dressing” makes it an even better product.
The orange coloration I’m getting is extremely bright, brighter than anything I’ve seen in the past. I expected this with the added astaxanthin, what I didn’t expect was the more rapid development of the black pigmentation in the Darwins. The Darwins darkened up much faster than in the past and are almost fully black and white two months earlier with very little orange left at the age of four months. You can see the results below:
The fish above still had a bit of frozen cyclopeeze in their diet since I purchased a large block of it before I got the TDO. Now that I’m happy with the results I’m getting with the TDO I’ll be able to eliminate the frozen cyclopeeze and save a bit of money while getting excellent coloration and growth.
The batch of regular A. ocellaris below are three months old and have been raised solely on a diet of TDO. The results are pretty clear:
All in all, I have to say that I’m very happy with this product. The intense coloration and increased growth rates that I’ve experienced have made a big difference in my juvenile feeding protocols. I also have to mention that the high level of customer service and communication that Reed Mariculture offers is just over the top! I applaud what the company is doing to facilitate captive breeding of marine ornamentals.