Tal Sweet

Tal got back into the hobby in 2006 after a long break. After hearing Dr. Frank Marini speak at the Midwest Marine Conference in 2008 he was hooked on fish breeding . Since then he has created his own website with his personal captive breeding information and helped create the Marine Breeding Initiative. It is Tal's hope to promote captive breeding as much as possible by speaking and writing about the topic.

Recent Blog Posts

Pride Month & Ongoing Reef Community Issues

Pride Month & Ongoing Reef Community Issues

June is recognized by most as Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community. This is a time for members of the LGBTQ+ community to reflect on and celebrate being part of this community. To strive to live an authentic life free of persecution, bigotry, hatred, and violence. On...

Equality in Reefkeeping?

Equality in Reefkeeping?

I have been involved in the reef aquarium hobby since 2006 and I’ve been a part of the LGBTQ community for most of my life. For my work in breeding marine ornamentals, as well as my successes building numerous reefing communities, I was recently awarded the 2020...

Lightning Set To Strike!

Lightning Set To Strike!

As if there aren't enough reasons to attend the 2014 Marine Breeder's Workshop next month in Bloomfield Hills, MI, a shocking raffle donation was announced earlier today! Thanks to Blue Zoo Aquatics and Sea and Reef Aquaculture, attendees of the Workshop will have a...

MBI Species Firsts

MBI Species Firsts

Part of the MBI's goal is to promote captive breeding of new species that haven't been done before and to recognize the efforts of those that succeed. To be granted a species first award, the breeder must be able to provide proof of the date of the success via a...

MBI Hits 1000!

MBI Hits 1000!

Since the Marine Breeding Initiative (MBI) was started in 2009 its goal has been to share breeding information openly and to award breeders for their accomplishments. Breeders create journals on the MBI site to keep track of their work with specific broodstock pairs....

High Five!

High Five!

I'ts turtle nesting time on the Great Barrier Reef and in the new Coral Sea Marine Reserve.   This Project Aware Foundation photo was just too cute not to share.

RCT Changes Focus

RCT Changes Focus

For those of you not familiar with Reef Culture Technologies (RCT) the company, founded by Frank Baensch, developed a breakthrough culture technology in 2001 for pygmy angelfishes, the most popular and prized group of aquarium fish in the trade, making the first ever...

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