VIDEO: Captive-Bred Copperband Butterflyfish Update with RAD

05 May, 2022

Jeff Turner, president of Reef Aquaria Design, about to introduce one of the world's first captive-bred Copperband Butterflyfish to its new home aquarium in a private South Florida residence.
Jeff Turner, president of Reef Aquaria Design, about to introduce one of the world’s first captive-bred Copperband Butterflyfish to its new home aquarium in a private South Florida residence.

It’s nearly a year to the day since we shared the world-changing news that Dr. Cortney Ohs and his team at the University of Florida’s Indian River Research and Education Center succeeded in summiting an aquaculture Mount Everest—they produced the world’s first Copperband Butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus. Officially, this species represents the 7th species of butterflyfish entry on CORAL‘s captive-bred marine fish list, but it is particularly momentous given the role that the Copperband plays in the aquarium hobby (as a renowned consumer of pestilent Aiptasia anemones) and the aquarium trade (as an often recalcitrant captive when collected from the wild).

But, what happened since then?

Conversations between Ohs and CORAL staff suggest there is much more to come in this unfolding story as the team continues to experiment and refine the process of producing captive-bred Copperbanded Butterflyfish. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

More presently, Jeff and Joleen Turner of Reef Aquaria Design visited Dr. Ohs to help distribute some of the first captive-bred Copperbands to high-end reef aquarium installations around south Florida. Follow along and get a great video update on the world’s first captive-bred Chelmon rostratus as they venture out into the world beyond University of Florida’s labs. Tag along and enjoy the ride!

Watch Now: Delivery the first-ever aquacultured Copperband Butterflyfish!

Feel-Good Video of the Year (So far….) produced by Reef Aquaria Design with Joleen and Jeff Turner and Dr. Cortney Ohs.

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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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