CORAL Video: Celebrating Zebra Batfish Breeding!

10 Jun, 2014

Su Kuan Chang examines one of the first captive-bred Zebra Batfish in Indonesia.

Su Kuan Chang examines one of the first captive-bred Zebra Batfish in Indonesia. Image courtesy Bali Aquarich / Wen-Ping Su.

In the overnight hours of June 9th into June 10th, 2014, Wen-Ping Su of Bali Aquarich casually announced the first successful captive breeding of the Zebra Batfish, Platax batavianus, at their facility in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

In honor of the latest captive-breeding first, we did some digging and turned up a couple fantastic videos of the extraordinarily beautiful juvenile Zebra Batfish in the wild.

The other common name for this species, “Humpback Batfish,” alludes to the fact that as an 2-foot long adult, sadly this fish doesn’t retain it’s fantastic juvenile coloration, shape, or finnage.

At some point, you’re going to need a bigger tank. Either that, or fire up the grill!

Video Credits (in order from above):

EunJae Im on Youtube – see more at EunJaeIm.com, and check out Underwater.kr, the online community for underwater photographers and videographers in Korea.

Underwater Video JP on Youtube

kitachan3 on Youtube

Niklaus Lang on Youtube

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About the author

Matt Pedersen
Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC, including AMAZONAS & CORAL Magazines. Matt has kept aquariums for 34 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized as the 2009 MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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