The guys over at Fisheries Research Institute’s Eastern Marine Biology Research Center in Taiwan are making a heck of a splash having successfully bred the much-loved Paracanthurus Hepatu – better known as a Blue Tang or to anyone under the age of 12 “Dori.”
Deterioration of marine ecosystems and over harvesting has caused a significant decrease in the number of tangs available for ornamental use. The trick that led to the breakthrough was finding live ciliate that the tangs consume – and need – in order to survive.
Climacostomum is one of many types of protoplankton known as ciliates because they are covered with cilia, which make their edges look somewhat fuzzy, and help them swim through the water. Ciliates that live in water that is low in mineral nutrients, and thus food prey, often have algal partners living inside them, which provide food in exchange for minerals needed by the algae.
They are expecting to have completed developing their mass breeding technology by the end of next year and start shipping them soon thereafter.