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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianPlankis View Post
    Yes, and will be staying in Indiana as far as I know, I just miss my MARSH family and thought I would share what I'm doing up here. I do go back to Houston once every 2-3 years so will try to arrange next trip to coincide with a MARSH event

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    Think Flame Angels might be a cool breedable fish you might look at. Myself think that would make
    me delirious to see a tank full of little red angels swimming around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reeftopia View Post
    Think Flame Angels might be a cool breedable fish you might look at. Myself think that would make
    me delirious to see a tank full of little red angels swimming around.
    They have been bred before by two different organizations (latest one is the Oceanic Institute). So they have been done but I haven't seen any info on HOW. It might very well be out there as a nice handbook, but I haven't had time to search for that info yet. Latest news on CB flame angels I found quickly:

    https://reefbuilders.com/2016/09/26/...me-angelfish/#

    My main goal now is to get the system stabilized, get some DIBS Turbos and Banggai cardinal fish pairing up and working on them while I take my sweet time selecting the next targets for breeding.

    Brian

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    There are plenty of fish out there I would love to spend time breeding, my list is very long, but how realistic each species is will take many hours of research. Some of my favorite fish are:

    Royal gramma
    Watchman gobies
    Shrimp gobies
    Cleaner gobies
    Jawfish
    Most of the dottybacks
    Seahorses
    ....and many more!

    But all it is is a list. Gotta figure out what my capabilities are and how much time needed for each species. I was talking with some reefers here in Indiana recently and they said Cleaner Shrimp! Do those! The last I read on the Internet was 120-150 days to get those larvae to settle. I would prefer to not work on species that are that delicate, I don't want to take three years to raise 15 cleaner shrimp!

    Brian

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    Brian Do you know if Matt Pedersen was ever successful in breeding the Rock Beauty? The last time I talked with him which was right after the Lightning Maroon project that was going to be his focus. this would be a tough nut to crack but with the recent advances in other Pomocanthidae maybe doable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paraletho View Post
    Brian Do you know if Matt Pedersen was ever successful in breeding the Rock Beauty? The last time I talked with him which was right after the Lightning Maroon project that was going to be his focus. this would be a tough nut to crack but with the recent advances in other Pomocanthidae maybe doable.
    I have not talked with Matt in years, but will be reaching out to him soon once our website is more well established.

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    Research Lab Operational!

    Happy Tuesday All!


    I'm happy to report that the research lab officially became operational this weekend. After several weeks of tweaking and testing, the system has been running smoothly for a little over a week now. I have limited time in my day and I made several conscious decisions to reduce or eliminate time needed for maintenance:


    1. RO/DI system is installed to fill my freshwater reservoir with the turn of one lever and a float valve stops the water automatically to prevent overflows.


    2. Water changes (WC) will be simple: Flip one switch to activate a pump that removes 20-25 gallons of water from the system to our sewer system. Flip a second switch to add fresh saltwater to the system. Then change the position of the WC pump and flip another switch to add freshwater into the saltwater bin. A small mixing pump and heater are then turned on with another switch and the next batch of saltwater will be ready in 24-48 hours and always ready for emergencies.


    3. All heaters and lights are computer controlled or run through automated timers, so the lighting and heating system can run on its own indefinitely. The second phase of the research system design will add cooling fans to the system. Our first O-A volunteer, Gu, will be performing a risk mitigation analysis for the system soon and our goal is to be able to run basic life support for the system for up to a week without power/heat.


    4. The lab system utilizes a Tunze Osmolator for auto top-off of evaporation losses from a 20 gallon reservoir.


    5. All electricity used in the lab is on GFCI outlets for safety and every piece of equipment can be switched off individually through the American DJ power switching bars.


    A couple of pictures:


    1. The in-wall 120 gallon main tank which will be used to display my tiny part of the reef, but also to hold broodstock for research purposes and for pictures to be used in our educational programs.



    And finally the operational research system!




    The system consists of two 20 gallon holding/quarantine tanks, 3 10 gallon experiment tanks and one 6 gallon observation tank. The 6 gallon tank will eventually be replaced by a fourth 10 gallon research tank when it is ready. We had a minor issue with one of the original 10 gallons.

    I placed an order today for sustainably sourced live rock and I am hoping it will arrive this week! The research system will be temporarily used as a large quarantine system so I can observe every piece of live rock and check for good/bad hitchhikers. After the live rock adjusts to the system and nitrates are again zero I will acquire broodstock for the multiple research projects I will undertake.

    More soon!

    Brian

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    This is awesome I am sticking around!! Any updates?

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    Progress update? It's been a month, professor.

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    Research Lab Begins Acquiring Broodstock

    Hey all!

    Ask for updates and you shall receive! We are hoping to get on a regular monthly status update, depending on schedules and happenings in the lab.

    We have started to form relationships with several organizations and unfortunately I won't have the time to post updates directly on MARSH's forum (linking to images and all that takes time when posting to multiple forums with different posting software).

    You can see our latest update on our website's blog:
    https://www.ocean-aquarium.org/

    You may post comments on the blog or you can post them here, I will answer them either way!

    Brian


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