Add another captive bred success story as Sustainable Aquatics in Tennessee announced on its Facebook page that it has bred thousands of marine bettas (Calloplesiops altivelis) and will soon be shipping them to fish stores around the United States. While the species has been successfully bred for years, it hasn’t seemingly been bred in enough numbers to warrant a commercially successful species like that of the clownfish. It seems with this announcement that it will indeed join the ranks of saltwater fish that are captive bred and widely available, which will hopefully reduce the need for wild caught specimens in the trade.
Also known as the marine comet, the marine betta grows to around seven inches in length and is best kept with non-aggressive tankmates. It is not reef safe when it comes to invertebrates because it will eat most any shrimp or crab that it can successfully subdue. Initially challenging to feed when introduced into the aquarium, they can be trained to eat small pieces of shrimp or fish. They can also be fed small live fish and live brine shrimp.
Based in Tennessee, Sustainable Aquatics has been breeding several dozen species of marine fish and invertebrates since opening its doors in 2003. The company claims a near 99 percent survival rate for some of their captive bred species from birth through their entire life cycle, according to its website. In addition to marine bettas, the hatchery breeds eight types of blenny (blackline, bundoon, canary, disco, forktail, harp tail, striped, Tongan green); the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni); nine types of clownfish, including Sustainable Aquatics designers; six types of dottyback, including Pseudochromis Springeri and Pseudochromis flavivertex; golden and neon gobies; Epaulette sharks, and damsels. The facility also breeds the lined seahorse, and offers maricultured clams and corals and aquacultured corals. More information about the facility can be obtained by visiting the Sustainable Aquatics website.