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MBI: MASM Breeding Initiative

Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 10:30 am by

In an effort to encourage captive breeding of marine fishes and invertebrates, MASM is happy, and proud, to announce the start of the MASM Breeding Initiative!

MASM would like to involve everyone that is currently breeding as well as those that are interested in giving it a try.

In the next few weeks MASM will set forth the guidelines for the Breeding Initiative, which will take place over the course of the next year and is open to anyone that would like to get involved, MASM membership is not a requirement to participate in the MASM Breeding Initiative. The initiative will include a Breeder’s Challenge where anyone that is interested in breeding ornamental marine fish or invertebrates will have the opportunity and support to do so.  MASM will be organizing a group buy for equipment and materials for local breeders interested in getting involved in the Initiative.  They will have dedicated forums for participants to create breeding logs to document, and to ask questions about, their projects.

MASM is also extremely happy to announce that master breeders Matt Wittenrich, author ofThe Complete Illustrated Breeder’s Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes” and Matt Pedersen, MASNA’s 2009 Hobbyist of the Year, have volunteered to act as advisors for the MASM Breeding Initiative and will help answer the more difficult breeding questions posted on the MASM forums.

As a special treat, MASM will be holding a“Breeder’s Workshop” in March 2010 where both Matt Wittenrich and Matt Pedersen will be in town to speak about the subject of captive breeding and the necessity of it!  This will be more than a simple lecture.  A short lecture and Q&A session from each speaker will be followed by a social gathering where attendees will have plenty of personal, “one on one” time with both Matts.  This will be a great opportunity to get individual questions answered by the experts and to share your successes and difficulties experienced through the first several months of the Breeder’s Challenge!

MASM now has two forums created that will be used for this Initiative. You can see them at: MASM Forums

They are both marked with a: on them so they are pretty easy to pick out.

While there are a few details up in the air one requirement is that anyone involved in the initiative must have a thread( or two ) in the Breeding Journal forum detailing their progress thoughout the challenge. Anyone that does have a regularly updated thread will at the very least be guaranteed of receiving a certificate of participation. There will be other awards as well given out during the course of the Initiative for achieving specific milestones and at the end of this year’s initiative.

It is MASM’s serious hope that this will be an ongoing event.  Creative, “out of the box” thinking and innovation, are encouraged!”

The Marinelife Aquarium Society of Michigan is also the host of the 12th Annual Midwest Marine Conference that will be held during the weekend of May 21, 2010 at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  More informaton on MMC can be located at

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One Response to “MBI: MASM Breeding Initiative”

  1. Chad Penney says:

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    If you are new to breeding or are trying a new species you can find valuable information by using MASM’s MBI Dashboard at:

    The DashBoard will let you view statistics on the MASM Breeding Initiative and search Spawn, Hatch, Settlement, and Post Settlement reports that have been submitted by others. It’s a great tool to give you a head start and find out how others are succeeding with different species.

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