Another world first! Biota’s tank-raised Clown Triggerfish are an infamous saltwater aquarium fish. The first time ever available as a cultured species. One of the few non-reef community fishes raised by Biota, care should be taken with Clown Triggerfish as they can be aggressive and thrive in a fish only, large aquariums (greater than 150 gallons). Biota’s juvenile Clown Triggerfish range from 2-3 inches in size and eat shrimp, squid, mysis and larger pellet food. They grow to a maximum size of 20 inches in the wild, most specimens kept in home aquariums reach 8-10 inches after several years.
Also known as the Court Jester Goby, Biota offers the world’s ONLY captive-bred Rainford’s Goby. Wild caught specimens are known to be hard to keep due to feeding requirements. The Biota Rainford’s Goby readily eats frozen calanus/cyclops, brine shrimp, and pellet food! Beautifully colored with orange horizontal stripes and green/blue on it’s body, this fish is absolutely a gem. Growing to a maximum size of 3 inches, they readily sift sand and feed on small crustaceans on the rocks and substrate. Rainford’s Goby is very peaceful and capable of being kept in aquariums as small as 10 gallons.
Biota’s Pajama Cardinalfish or PJ as they are better known, are a great addition to the reef aquarium. They have bright orange eyes, a black bar across the middle of their body, orange polka dots and a greenish face. They do well by themselves or even better in groups of 3-5 individuals. PJs prefer aquariums larger than 30 gallons with lots of rocks to hang out in. They have a peaceful nature and readily eat a variety of prepared foods, such as frozen mysis or pellet food. Unlike wild-caught Pajama cardinalfish, Biota’s captive-bred specimens adapt extremely well to aquarium conditions and are of a special variety from west Micronesia that are highly preferred due to their unique coloration.
Also called Striped Blenny, this is a hardy fish that has become increasingly popular in the ornamental market due to its resistance to disease and its inquisitive personality –probably due to having a set of venomous fangs, used for self-defense. Although these brightly-colored blennies appreciate having little rock crevices to take refuge in, they also spend considerable time swimming in open water. Normally peaceful, Striped Blennies can turn aggressive towards its own kind or similar-looking fish, like the Mimic Blenny (Petroscirtes breviceps) or Forktail Blennies (Meiacanthus atrodorsalis).
These Blennies are one of our favorites. They have beautiful features for such a small fish, including very long forked tail and eyes that appear to have eyebrows. They are peaceful and very confident in a small aquarium. Although not aggressive, it is better to keep one of each species unless it is a breeding pair. Like his cousin the Striped Blenny, Forktails be happy if they have small places to play hide and seek.
Also called the Green Mandarinfish and erroneously a Mandarin Goby, it is considered one of the most popular marine aquarium fish. Notoriously difficult to keep as a wild-caught animal, Biota’s captive-bred mandarins are truly amazing. With psychedelic patterns of blue, green and orange they are absolutely unique in their distinct coloration. Like a hummingbird, Blue Mandarinfish have pectoral fins that undulate and allow them to gracefully move about the aquarium as if they were flying. In the wild, these fish are cryptic and mostly seen at night foraging for small crustaceans. They rarely eat when harvested from the ocean so having a Biota captive-bred Mandarin eat pellet food and frozen food in your aquarium is a site to behold. Growing to a size of only 3 inches, they prefer established reef aquariums with live rock.
The Matted Filefish is a unique species that is known to eat the pest anemone in home aquariums, Aiptasia. It is capable of camouflage and can go from mottled green to grey in an instant! It is typically found inshore of the reef near seagrass beds in the wild. They are non-aggressive, prefer aquariums 30 gallons or larger and can reach a maximum size of almost 4 inches. If Aiptasia are not present, Matted Filefish may nip at certain soft corals if not fed twice a day. They prefer smaller meaty foods due to their mouth size and readily eat pellet food and frozen foods such as mysis and spirulina brine shrimp.
New to the aquarium trade, Biota is proud to introduce the Link’s Goby! With horizontal body length black and white stripes, this sand sifting goby is a perfect community reef fish. Extremely hardy, the Link’s Goby grows to a maximum size of 3.5” and keeps small sand substrates clean of detritus. They eat a variety of foods such as frozen spirulina brine shrimp, mysis, calanus/cyclops as well as pellet and flake food.
This hardy super bright soft coral is great for both beginners and advanced aquarists. Finger leathers add a nice depth to your reef aquarium with their swaying movement and large polyps. Requiring medium to high light conditions, it thrives under many different types of lighting, including T5, LED or metal halide. Biota’s strain of Neon Green Finger Leather is one-of-a-kind and is sure to make a lasting impression to your collection.
This notorious coral put Palau on the cultured coral map in the 1990s. Beautiful green coloration with small white polyps and a thick base, the Green Nepthea is very hardy and does well in a variety of lighting conditions. Their contrasting growth shape complements other soft corals and adds to the diversity of the cultured reef aquarium.
Much like the Neon Green Finger Leather, the Palau Green Polyp Finger Leather is a great coral for any reef aquarium and has beautiful contrasting bright green polyps on a tan/cream colored base. Fasting growing under a medium to high lighting conditions, this coral is very popular and easy to keep. Another Biota specialty coral cultured in Palau and conditioned for the sustainable aquarium ecosystem.
Biota Marine Life Center in Florida is a temperature controlled bio-secure facility. All of the fish and corals are conditioned in closed recirculating systems using natural seawater. Large centralized systems using protein skimmers, chemical, mechanical and UV filtration provide optimal water quality.
Biota uses nutritious frozen as well as pellet food to condition all of its fish while preparing them for sale. Close daily observation of all the fish and invertebrates yield superior health and quality. We believe in controlling the variables that are in our expertise such as water quality and nutrition above everything else. This ensures you, our wholesale customers, end up with high-quality live fish that thrive in the captive environment for which they’re specially bred.
Kevin Gaines is a microbiologist who has been keeping marine fish and invertebrates for over 40 years and breeding them for over 20. He has rich experience in retail aquarium stores and marine wholesalers. He is a former marine life collector, and founded the world’s largest marine ornamental fish and coral farm in Florida. He is a director of the Coral Restoration Foundation, a nonprofit growing coral to restore reefs in Florida Keys and the Caribbean. Kevin is currently based in Florida.
Tom Bowling is a marine biologist, commercial diver and aquaculture technician who runs the Biota Marine Life Nursery on the Pacific Island of Palau, one of the world’s largest marine reserves. He has worked in aquaculture, public aquariums and marine science around the world. Tom is passionate about developing sustainable aquaculture to restock and support the marine environment. He has had particular success with fish that are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity including thread-fin snappers, bumphead parrotfish and clown triggers. Some of the fish being bred for Biota Aquariums are from our Palau nursery.