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    Rare Fish Round Up : Prognathodes aya

    Prognathodes aya Just one Prognathodes in my reef? Never. This Bank Butterflyfish (Prognathodes aya) is doing well in quarantine and will be added to the tank shortly. Hat tip to Kevin Kohen & LiveAquaria for continuing to get in the rare, odd and unusual. Prognathodes aya is a deepwater butterflyfish from the Western Atlantic. Despite […]

    prognathodes aya

    Prognathodes aya

    Just one Prognathodes in my reef? Never. This Bank Butterflyfish (Prognathodes aya) is doing well in quarantine and will be added to the tank shortly. Hat tip to Kevin Kohen & LiveAquaria for continuing to get in the rare, odd and unusual.

    Prognathodes aya is a deepwater butterflyfish from the Western Atlantic. Despite often being collected in Florida, P. aya is usually sent to Asia where they command prices in the $500 USD range. Recently, more aquarists in the States have begun taking interest in this domestic beauty and they have retailed intermittently in late 2009 and early 2010 for roughly $400. The Bank Butterflyfish inhabits reefs from 20-170m deep, but is rarely found at less than 45m, taking a skilled diver for collection. To make matters more difficult, using a closed circuit rebreather for ornamental fish collection is prohibited in Florida meaning these fish are often collected on just air.

    A few of you may remember that the last P. aya we received did not fare well after a rough shipping experience. This new specimen has already settled in and is eating a variety of prepared foods while going through a praziquantel treatment.

    8 Comments

    1. Mark Poletti
      August 9, 2010 at 11:27 AM | Permalink

      Congrats Eric on the awesome specimen. I'd love to have one in my reef as well.

    2. August 9, 2010 at 6:26 PM | Permalink

      Very nice Eric. Wish you the best of luck with the aya. Looking forward to see some HD video of it swimming around in your reef!

    3. Lpskibtzer
      August 10, 2010 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

      WOW what a great looking fish! congrats!

    4. kkohen
      August 10, 2010 at 8:26 PM | Permalink

      Nice photo Eric, and the Prognathodes is looking spectacular!

    5. August 11, 2010 at 6:17 PM | Permalink

      Thanks Kevin–it’s a great specimen!

    6. August 11, 2010 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

      Thanks Kevin–it's a great specimen!

    7. jmaneyapanda
      August 11, 2010 at 6:33 PM | Permalink

      lovely

    8. jmaneyapanda
      August 11, 2010 at 1:33 PM | Permalink

      lovely

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