Press release: Quality Marine
Clownfish have long been one of the most popular fish and considered to be one of the best starter fish in the marine aquarium trade. Advances in culturing techniques have allowed commercial farms in the US and around the world to grow thousands of clownfish each year for the marine ornamentals trade. In December, Quality Marine announced a first in its QM Labs with the successful culture of Purple Tangs (Zebrasoma xanthurum). Now, Quality Marine is again proud to announce the successful culture of the Wide-band Clownfish (Amphiprion latezonatus) in its QM Labs Aquaculture facility.
In the wild, Wide-band Clownfish are found in rocky and coral reef habitats, at depths of 10 to 45 meters, in Eastern Australia, Lord Howe, and New Caledonia. Like most clownfish, the Wide-band Clownfish is known to create a symbiotic relationship with anemones, which they use as a source of protection and makes a great display in aquaria. This species of clownfish is uncommon in the aquarium trade, which makes this achievement even more exciting for everyone at Quality Marine.
This species was successfully aquacultured in a state-of-the-art hatchery in Los Angeles, California. Zack Murphy, Gretchen Vanick and Eric Laux led the team while rearing the Wide-band Clownfish. Quality Marine’s dedicated staff is working hard to overcome challenges, continuously adding to their ever-growing list of QM Labs in-house aquacultured species.
Clownfish are notoriously hardy, and aquacultured specimens are even more adaptable having been raised on prepared diets. The Wide-band Clownfish is an omnivore and will eat a variety of prepared foods, thriving on Nutramar Complete Pellets and Nutramar Shots. At first glance, the majority of the offspring are full barred but there are a select few would be considered “misbars.” Either will make a dashing addition to the home aquarium.
Quality Marine is proud to have its QM Labs aquacultured Wide-band Clown available to its valued retail store partners. Culturing marine ornamental fish takes dedication, time and resources. Continued industry support is the only way that facilities, including those of Quality Marine, will continue to grow, become more efficient and offer an even wider variety of specimens to the hobby.