Biota Researchers Accidentally Solve Mystery to Breeding the Elusive Borbonious Anthias

A newly cultured Borbonious Anthias is changing the way we source fish.

One of the most beautiful creatures living in the depths of our oceans is the Borbonius Anthias (Odontanthias borbonious). For marine hobbyists and fish-geeks alike, the Borbonious has proven very difficult to breed in captivity.

For the first time ever, experienced marine aquarium hobbyists can keep a cultured species they’ve never thought possible...

How It Nearly Didn’t Happen (but thankfully did)

Tom Bowling is the Co-founder of Biota Aquariums. He also founded the Biota Marine Life Nursery on the Pacific Island of Palau, one of the world’s largest marine reserves.

In late 2016 Biota hosted the California Academy of Sciences in Palau. Their mission was to collect deep-water species for display and research at the Academy in San Francisco. They also collected some Borbonious for Biota to trial for breeding.

The fish they collected had to be placed in pressure chambers and were then brought up to the surface and the pressure was vented over a period of several days. This allowed the fish to adjust without too much stress.

After a week, the anthias adjusted in their new home and were feeding on a mixed diet of live feed and pellets. After about 6 months where they were fed as much as they could eat and kept at relatively cold temperatures.

The breeding trials were not set to begin, however by total chance the air conditioner broke down and this ‘accidental’ spike in temperature triggered the Anthias to start spawning!

Over night Tom and his team at Biota had about 80 eggs which meant that we were on the way…

As a result of this research, Biota is proud to announce the Borbonious Anthias is now available in limited numbers to aquarium hobbyists!

The 100% cultured Borbonious is guaranteed to thrive in large marine tanks of more than 75 gallons (250 litres) once fully grown.

In anticipation of the North America’s largest marine aquarium conference, MACNA later this week, Biota Aquariums’ new advanced hobbyist store will offer a limited number of the world’s first aquarium cultured Borbonious Anthias on the Biota Aquariums’ Ocean Oddities website.

Wait! There are more firsts to come…

The Borbonious is the first of several new and hard-to-find cultured species to be announced on the Ocean Oddities website. Tom and Co-founder, Kevin Gaines, will be updating Ocean Oddities with new livestock all the time.

As well as corals, invertebrates and other fish, the new website also offers a WYSIWYG ‘what you see is what you get’ section of hard-to-find species.

Marine hobbyists who sign up for the Ocean Oddities launch before midnight this Saturday will go in the prize draw to win one of the first ever 12 aquarium-cultured Borbonious Anthias’.

If you’ve caught this special announcement in time, you can see the cultured Borbonious up-close and personal this weekend at MACNA which starts on August 25, 2017. Tom and Kevin can be found at the Biota booth number 682.

Win one of the first ever cultured Borbonious Anthias

A live drawing for the Borbonious prize will be drawn live at 12 noon on Sunday, August 27. To be in the raffle, you’ll need to sign up before Saturday night for the Biota Aquariums’ Ocean Oddities pre-launch at

If you’re considering getting your own Borbonious, it’s vital to ensure the aquarium they are kept in has certain parameters that replicate the deep waters they are normally found in.

Temperature range, lighting intensity, and photoperiod, as well as specially formulated diets all, contribute to getting them to spawn in captivity.

Experienced marine hobbyists that can care for a Borbonious and want to own one of the first ever cultured Borbonious can enter the prize draw at Biota Aquariums’ Ocean Oddities.

For more information about the Borbonius Anthias, visit this article.


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