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Hawaii Dive Collectors
I am not sure if this is an email to be posted on WWM, since I haven't read
anything there promoting specific individuals but I'm looking for dive
contact(s) in Hawaii that could supply me with a harem of Cirrhilabrus
jordani for captive breeding purposes in my high school science
<Mmm; I'd have you contact John Fernley... actually; I'd ask that I be allowed
to send your contact info. to him for his (hopeful) response>
I am so excited about the developments being made in captive-bred fish and would
like to breed this species since it is endemic, under pressure from collection,
and a good candidate for many aquarium setups. I'd also like to get my students
involved, so they can see that we all play a part in conservation. I've done
extensive research on how Halichoeres melanurus was bred, as well as several
species of angelfish. I know that this is quite a challenge to take on, but I
think it would be an amazing experience for my students that will provide them
with so many learning opportunities. It help them understand how to use their
failures as catalysts for improvement, understand how complex our world is, and
see that they truly can make a difference.
It's becoming harder to find C. jordani (expiring collection permits that the
state isn't renewing and possibly wrong time of year for collection?)
<The species isn't all that common... on Kona (where I usually visit, dive, own
property). I've only regularly encountered it on Molokini, out in Maui.>
Even when I do see them, they have been exposed to so many medications through
the chain of custody that I am afraid their overall health and fertility are
I'd like to obtain my fish directly from a diver, so that I can receive them
quickly and do my own quarantine procedure with minimal medication, no
starvation period, and live cultured foods as well as prepared. Want to go to
Hawaii and catch some flame wrasses for me, sir?? I'll pay for your margaritas
<I might well do so Bri. Not joking. You are scuba certified? Bob Fenner>
Re: Hawaii Dive Collectors 6/17/18
Property in Hawaii? That sounds wonderful! Sadly, I am not certified yet. It’s
on my bucket list.
Yes, please do send my information to him!
<Ahh, will do. Have sent a note asking if he might know collectors who have this
The best way to get hold of me would be through text/phone call. My number is
omitted. If he prefers email, we can correspond through omitted.
<I will send both along, and not post them to WWM>
Feel free to keep my contact info for yourself as well. Perhaps we will cross
paths at some point and I can say hello in person.
<Ahh! That would be delightful. Many things to chat about, share. I too did some
time as a (H.S. science) teacher. My number, omitted, and email: omitted>
If you do feel like collecting some of those wrasses for me, I’d be happy to
purchase them from you. I am very serious about giving this breeding endeavor a
You seem very professional, so I’m sure you already plan on doing this, but
please delete my contact information before posting this on WWM (if you intend
to do so). Thank you very much! I’ll let you know if John Fernley decides to
<Ah, good. Will do>
Hope to be chatting again soon!
<And you, BobF>
Green parrotfish (Scarus quoyi) 6/17/18
I am a member of the group SDMA and have read a lot of your books over the
years. Thank you for those. Notice you post a lot of pictures about fish and
information. I had a quick question about Green parrotfish (Scarus ) in
captivity do they do better in pairs?
<This species I've rarely encountered in captivity, nor many of the genus
Scarus... or Parrotfishes period; but the few I've run across did fine
I have seen a few post with two in a tank. I plan on putting at least one in a
large 280 gallon tank.
Tank is pretty much a blank canvas and is cycled and ready to go. Just need to
start planning residents.
<I strongly advocate getting yours trained onto a good pelleted staple.
Have seen Parrots eat such in institutions and home captive systems. Bob Fenner>
Re: Green parrotfish (Scarus )
Are Scarus quoyi known for being territorial?
<Some Scarus are territorial amongst their own kind; particularly two males>
I have the opportunity to acquire two that have never been house together. They
are both 5-6 inches.
<These should be fine. Will be sexually undifferentiated at this size (not yet
females). Bob Fenner>
Good morning....flame Hawkfish has a lump just before his
tail what could this be?
<Mmm; a cyst, tumor... bacterial, cancerous? Do you have a good pic of a few
hundred Kbyte size?