Historically, much of what is known today about reproductive behaviors and culturing techniques for marine ornamental species has been contributed to science by home aquarists who live side by side with these animals each day.
Descriptions of conditions, methods, and techniques being employed in rearing and propagating marine species are documented in the Breeder’s Registry database as are observations concerning species-specific spawning habits, aquarium conditions, larval rearing attempts, sexual and asexual propagation attempts and problem areas associated with various species (such as larval foods).
Scientific (Latin) names are used as the primary means of identifying species. We know this may be a bit intimidating for the newer hobbyist, but it is the way the world describes the same animal regardless of language and is designed to avoid common name confusion. We support this system and wish to familiarize all aquarists with its use. Besides, with a quick Google search, common names for species listed are easily accessible to everyone.
Although there is no Spawning Report validation process in place nor are submitted reports subject to a formal peer review, BR staff selects reports for publication here that are, at the very least, plausible and also helpful toward advancing the cause of aquarium propagation. Therefore, some submitted reports may be rejected or returned for more information – but this bar is admittedly very low. It is our belief that “anecdotal” information can prove to be quite valuable when viewed within a larger body of information.
As each person builds on the previous person’s experiences, perhaps we will amass the knowledge to make aquarium propagation and rearing of most all saltwater aquarium species a common occurrence, just as it is for freshwater.