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Caribbean Neon Gobies duce an abundance of specimens in a variety unheard of just a few years ago. The following captive-propagated species are all available: most species of clownfish, Neon Goby, Lime-striped Goby, Citron Goby, Seaweed Goby, Neon Dottyback, Orchid Dottyback, Purple Dottyback, Royal Dottyback, Diadema Dottyback, seven species of giant clams, disc anemones, sea mats, many soft corals, stony corals, Peppermint Shrimp, and dozens of macroalgae.

Entrepreneurs are working on other species, with jawfish, gobies, basslets, dottybacks, blennies, drag-onets, dwarf angelfishes, and all types of corals receiving serious attention.

The list of potentially suitable species for small-scale aquaculture projects is even longer, and includes additional fish families, as well as shrimps, mollusks, and possibly even large anemones. The future for captive-propagated specimens for the aquarium trade looks very bright, indeed.

encompassing the majority of recommended species. Groups marked with an asterisk (*) have members with specific needs that must be met in captivity, and so should be limited to aquarists who have acquired some experience. In addition, some of the individual species within the marked families may have special needs that cannot be met in captivity and therefore may not be suitable for the aquarium. Fairy Basslets (Grammidae) Sea Basses (Serranidae)* Anthias (Anthiidae)* Dottybacks (Pseudochromidae) Hawkfishes (Cirrhitidae)* Cardinalfishes (Apogonidae)* Tangs (Acanthuridae)* Dwarf Angels (Pomacanthidae) Wrasses (Labridae)

Clownfishes and Damselfishes (Pomacentridae) Dragonets (Callionymidae)* Blennies (Blenniidae)* Jawfishes (Opistognathidae)* Gobies (Gobiidae and Microdesmidae)* FAIRY BASSLETS. Examples of aquarium-compatible fairy basslets include: Royal Gramma ('Gramma loreto) and the

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melacara), both from the Atlantic-Caribbean region. Captive propagation should be possible for either of these nest- Royal Gramma (Gramma building fishes, but efforts loreto): a dazzling, hardy,

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variety of Caribbean biotopes

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