I was inspired by a post that I read on Aquanerd the other day (here is the link) about a Yellow Tang breeding program in Hawaii getting a financial boost. The article made me pause (which is the sign of a good article) and think about how significant of a contribution to the hobby it would be to have captive-bred yellow tangs.
The yellow tang was one of the first 10 fish I had, and I bet it was one of the first for many of you out there as well.They’re in stock in almost any fish store I’ve ever been to. I found out (by tracking things back to the original post in The Global Aquaculture Advocate (who even knew such a thing existed) that 300,000-400,000 yellow tangs are exported from the reefs every year. So I got to wondering… (which is what I do…) are we perhaps on the verge of tremendous advances in this hobby?
The yellow tang emerges from the egg at 1 mm in length and is so small it has to eat the eggs (or tiny naupli) of a copepod species (that was one of the innovations highlighted in the full article that is providing the breakthrough with these fish).
I’m holding out hope that we’ll have Captive-bred yellow tangs, flame angels,
and dare I say…Moorish Idols…
What fish species are you waiting for?
I originally wrote this article in January 2014. We don’t always get our predictions right, but the good news about a prediction like this is that it was always just a matter of time. A quick update here about aquacultured yellow tangs–they’re HERE! They have been all over the news. It’s an amazing breakthrough for the hobby.