Karen Brittain Breeds Bandit Angels

by | Sep 9, 2015 | Conservation, Eye Candy, Fish, Industry, MACNA, Science, Sustainability, Too Cute | 0 comments

reefs.comBandit3Renown fish breeder Karen Brittain, who made waves last year revealing a slew of captive bred Genicanthus personatus at MACNA 2014, recently had a larval run with Apolemichthys arcuatus, the Bandit angelfish. Considering A. arcuatus is my favorite fish, I was watching the fruits of her labor anxiously waiting for them to settle. While there were a couple hiccups as with any larval run, four perfect little babies went through metamorphosis and have been moved to their grow out tank. Another fantastic achievement for Karen!

Anyone who’s reared marine fishes can attest that it’s an incredibly daunting task. Suffice to say that when Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is over, you’re off to feed your microscopic babies to keep them thriving. Fishes don’t care for holidays or vacations. Clownfishes, Bangaii Cardinals and the like might as well be cichlids of the marine world. Pomacanthidae is a whole ‘nother realm of difficulty and has been Karen’s main focus.

Here’s a sequence of their growth, along with some amazing video footage. You can keep up to date with Karen’s breeding projects on her blog. Once again congratulations Karen, keep up the great work!


Day 13




Day 33


Day 40


  • Austin Lefevre

    Austin Lefevre founded and owns Aqua Box, a group of passionate professionals who bring unique aquarium systems to fruition worldwide and offer fully quarantined and conditioned fishes to the US retail market. Austin has been a bonafide fish nerd for his entire life. When the kids in elementary school were reading Dr. Seuss, Austin was reading Jacques Cousteau. He's been in the aquarium industry since 2002 working in local fish stores, coral farms, and headed up a fish breeding program. He's been an avid SCUBA diver since the age of 12 and consistently seeks new aquatic adventures.


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