Over the past year, the UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory acquired nine Radiant wrasses, Halichoeres iridis, through several generous donations from Rising Tide Conservation stakeholder LiveAquaria.com.

The wrasses now reside in three harems of three, two of the harems occupy 100-gal round fiberglass tanks and the remaining a 200 gal concrete vat.

After several months, one harem has begun spawning, producing up to several hundred fertilized eggs in a single spawn. However, due to small spawn sizes, full scale larval rearing trials have not yet begun.