Rare captive-bred basslets headed for public display

by | Oct 24, 2017 | Aquaculture, Conservation, Eye Candy, Fish, Science, Sustainability | 1 comment

For the first time ever, captive bred Gramma dejongi and Rainfordia opercularis will go on exhibit in a public aquarium in the coming weeks. Thanks to a generous donation by Fluid Dynamics International and its partners and benefactors (including Suffolk County Community College, ESV, and Algagen), a trio of Gramma dejongi and a pair of Rainfordia opercularis are currently in quarantine at the California Academy of Science’s Steinhart Aquarium.  These fishes represent the first generation of both species ever raised in captivity.  Given that their retail value places them far out of reach of the average hobbyist, and that G. dejongi had never been imported into the US before this breeding project, the exhibits at the Steinhart Aquarium will likely provide the first or only chance for most people to view these fishes in person.

One of the first captive-bred Gramma dejongi at Suffolk County Community College


Both of these basslets can be purchased through Fluid Dynamics International, and although some have scoffed at the retail price, I would like to point out that the investment required to get them into culture, including considerable legal footwork, will probably not be recovered for many years. In spite of this financial burden, Fluid Dynamics International has chosen to donate these valuable fishes to inspire others. If you are interested in supporting the work of aquaculture researchers, increasing accessibility to once unobtainable fishes, and/or showing off the fact that you have a fish in your tank that few other have ever even seen, hop on over to the Fluid Dynamics website…. And tell your billionaire friends.

Young Rainfordia opercularis, ready to ship.

  • Todd Gardner

    Todd Gardner is a professor of marine biology at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY. His life and his career have both been shaped by his passion for marine life and he has written numerous scientific and popular articles about his research and experiences collecting, keeping, and culturing marine organisms. Todd’s professional background includes work on a National Geographic documentary, commercial aquaculture at C-quest Hatchery in Puerto Rico, and an 11-year term at the Long Island Aquarium where he spent much of his time developing techniques for rearing marine fish larvae. To date he has raised more than 50 species. In 2013 Todd received the prestigious Aquarist of the Year Award from the Marine Aquarium Society of North America (MASNA). In his spare time, Todd dives, photographs marine life, runs marathons, and plays in a blues band.

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  1. Brian Miller

    I saw Jared with some gold paint over by the Royal G’s


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