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Resplendent Cherub Angelfish at Absolutely Fish

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 02, 2012 02:35 PM
The Resplendent Cherub Angelfish is hybrid of Centropyge argi and the ultra-rare C. resplendens. These hybrids (one that could never occur naturally because of the geographic separation between the species) were bred by RCT Hawaii. Retailer Absolutely Fish (NJ) has landed one of only three specimens made available in the USA.
Resplendent Cherub Angelfish at Absolutely Fish

RCT Hawaii's Resplendent Cherub Angelfish

Prior to the 1990s, Centropyge resplendens was affordable and common in the aquarium trade.  However, due to political changes at Ascension Island (the only place in the world Resplendent Angelfish occur), they are now a "holy grail" unobtainable species angelfish fans lust for.  Reef Culture Technologies, Hawaii has a few broodstock and has successfully bred pure C.resplendens, C.resplendens x C.fisheri hybrids, and now C.resplendens x C.argi hybrids (aka the Resplendent Cherub Angelfish).

These rare hybrids were made available through Los Angeles wholesaler Quality Marine, who then auctioned these fish to the highest bidding retailerAbsolutely Fish won the bid for one of these ultra-rare fish, and it is now available for sale.  According to them, this specimen is one of only three that will be available for sale in the United States.  Contact Absolutely Fish for more details.  Be forewarned prices will be very high.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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