The Lightning Project

The ongoing saga of the PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish Breeding Project

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So consider this your introduction to one of the other several Papua New Guinea (PNG)  Maroon Clownfish (Premnas biaculeatus) running around my basement these days.  I was taking some pictures for a forthcoming article in the new UK magazine Marine Habitat and I wanted to show up a “sustainably” harvested fish…thus, images of a SEASMART PNG Maroon Clownfish seemed appropriate.  It seemed overly boastful to take more images of the Lightning Maroon, so instead, I opted to photograph one of the maroons who’s life is currently restricted to a small breeder basket type arrangement in the hopes that it winds up male (with the other PNG Maroon hopefully to become the female).  Amazing how much these fish have all changed colors since arriving months ago…in a future installment, I should photograph and name them all.  But for now, here’s a smaller PNG Maroon Clownfish debuting in a several image spread.  BTW, apparently, the gallery links to FULL SIZE images…suitable for desktops among other uses…

A big shipment of fish, including PNG Maroon Clownfish from the Papua New Guinea SEASMART program landed on my doorstep the morning of July 1st, 2010.  As you likely know, it’s been a bit of a dance to get fish ready for shipment as well as conditions being right to receive a shipment!  I’m glad Mark Martin stuck with it, and as usual, it was a great, well packed shipment from Blue Zoo Aquatics.

Blue Zoo Shipment - Open the Box..

Blue Zoo Shipment - ...take off the cover...

...take off the cover...

...take out the kit and pull back the paper...

...and open up the bag to reveal the fish!

I had a standing order with Mark for 4 ‘juvies’ and 1 large female.  While large females are hard to come by, Mark found something else to send me.  Ultimately, I received 5 fresh new PNG Maroons in this shipment.  All have gone into regular tanks, not really “QT” parsay….2 share a 10 that’s been empty forever, 2 share a 30+ gallon tank, and 1 is in a breeder net in a 20 long that houses an Allardi and a couple damsels.  I have yet another empty tank set up if i need it…but for now, it’s “quarantine” with a “wait and see” approach.  As usual, all the new arrivals were temperature acclimated and then drip acclimated.

Floating a Little Maroon Clownfish to equalize bag water temp with the tank temperature.

Drip Acclimation of 2 PNG Maroon Clownfish - the specimen cup has holes in it, and is used to keep the fish from killing each other while drip acclimating.

So I had limited time tonight, but I tried to snag some photos of the new arrivals.

A juvenile/male PNG Maroon in a breeder net.

Another small PNG Maroon Clownfish, this time in a drilled specimen cup.

So, the 4 small PNG Maroons were easily 1.5″, possibly 2″, and they all pretty much looked like the above.  But remember, I said Mark sent me 5 maroons.  What was that 5th “surprise” PNG Maroon?

I’m just going to let that “simmer” with you all for a little while.  I have my own thoughts that I’ll share soon enough…

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