pacific map2 Diversity and forms of the Pseudanthias ventralis species flock: How many are there? In light of our recent trend in picking apart cryptic species within a given complex like we did for Pseudanthias pascalus and Nemateleotris helfrichi, we continue yet again with a rather massive undertaking. This time with Pseudanthias ventralis. This beautiful species is wide ranging across much of Oceania, but seems prone to insular variations with at least
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Consumers still protesting Petco / Drs. Foster Smith deal

Now that it’s been several months of Petco’s acquisition of Drs. Foster & Smith and their famous Live Aquaria division the Internet has  and is still crying out in protest of the deal. Every major social network has been slammed with negative responses to the news including news outlets that are outside of the industry. Read More

Bulk Reef Supply suffers cyber attack, customer data stolen

Bulk Reef Supply, a popular provider of aquarium equipment and supplies announced yesterday they have been hacked. Those customers who were affected by the breach will receive written notice from the company along with free instructions to receive credit monitoring services. The investigation is ongoing to the incident but the company has confirmed some customer Read More

Hawaii removes ban on aquarium collection in proposed bill

Hawaii has been at the center of legislation that would ban aquarium collection. Last week, the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources and Hawaiian Affairs approved a revised House Bill 873 which initially called for a ban on the industry that officials have said does around $2 million a year in business. The decision came Read More

Bali Aquarich adds another feather to its cap with captive bred Holacanthus passer

Su Wen-Ping is a real dark horse in the industry that really deserves tremendous applaud and accolades for the work that he is doing. Owner and founder of Bali Aquarich, Mr. Su and his company are well known for supplying high quality designer clownfish to the world over. Not only are they adept in their work and Read More

The Saltwater Aquatics Industry is in major jeopardy

Last week, we reported on the process to start legislation to ban 20 species of corals in the U.S. Territories. The process does take time to work its way through the United States and as we again reported last week the phase the 20 corals are in is the commenting phase. The commenting phase is Read More

National Marine Fisheries Service requests Comments from public to ascertain a potential 4(d) ruling on threatened corals

Uh oh. It looks like someone is doing their job at the National Marine Fisheries Service. Do you remember the 20 species of corals that were listed as threatened in 2014? The agency stated today: “We are now considering whether there are protective regulations that are necessary and advisable for the conservation of these 20 Read More

Aquatics retailers: Amazon is now the #1 Competition

Amazon might be hurting fish stores more than other online stores, that’s according to interviews conducted by Reef Builders and talking to major retailers across the country.  The data suggests that consumers are comparison-shopping online and in stores for popular aquatics goods and then purchasing directly through Amazon. Several online retailers have reported that Amazon Read More

7 Questions: Joe Yaiullo

In our next installment of “7 Questions” we sit down with Joe Yaiullo, the Curator and Co-Founder of the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center in Riverhead, New York. Known for curating an amazing 20,000 gallon coral reef at the aquarium, Joe is extremely active in the reefing community making appearances at national, regional and Read More

Triton Labs and Unique Corals bring professional water analysis to US

The Triton Method for professional water testing analysis is coming to the US. The German company has struck a deal with Unique Corals to establish Triton US to let aquarists serious about water testing get water samples tested on a professional system to an accuracy unparalleled with off-the-shelf test kits. According to the press release, Read More

World Aquatic Industry looks to provide global database for all things aquatic

The World Aquatic Industry directory (WAID) is a new endeavor that is launching today to create a global online repository of all things aquatic — fish stores, service companies, public aquariums, product vendors, aquaculture facilities and more. The online database, which has the potential to be a Yelp for the aquatic industry, was started by Read More

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