australomussa solomon islands-1 Rainbow Australomussa from the Solomon Islands has almost magic color I returned from a coral collecting and scouting trip to the Solomon Islands less than a week ago and all this time, I’ve been anxious to see how the corals collected would fare on the extra long, 48 hour flight from Honiara to Los Angeles. Yesterday, the ‘main event’ of coral shipments finally arrived at Unique
unnamed LiveAquaria carrying more of ORA’s quality livestock
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A Photographic Identification Guide to Stenopus Shrimp

The Coral Banded Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) is a staple of the aquarium hobby, but there are many more species in its genus that are less familiar to aquarists. Nearly all of the dozen or so species appear in exports from time to time. Some are regularly encountered, and some are rare enough to be the Read More

Speciation and hybridisation of the Acanthurus nigricans complex

The family Acanthuridae with its six charismatic genera are some of the most beloved and recognisable fish both in the field and in the trade, serving as iconic reef denizens which play important roles in herbivory. The six genera holds about eighty or so species spanning a myriad of colours, sizes and forms, with certain Read More

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 Read More

Awesome Fish Spotlight: Who took a tuka and made it pascalus?

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but the hiatus ends today with another Awesome Fish Spotlight. This time we feature not one, but two species as we draw attention to Pseudanthias pascalus and Pseudanthias tuka. While looking superficially similar and rather uniformly unassuming, both species are deceptively complicated and difficult to identify. This problem is no less Read More

Opulent Osaka Part 4: A BlueHarbor tribute, and the man behind the brand

We’ve come to our last and final installation of our four part Osaka travelogue. If you’ve been following parts 1, 2 and 3, we hope you’ve enjoyed it, and thank you for exploring some of Osaka’s most opulent reef keepers with us. We’re at the finishing line of this incredible journey and what better way Read More

Opulent Osaka part 3: Dr. Shimokobe’s deluge of deepwater treasures

We’ve arrived at our third installation of our Osaka recount and if you’re still following, then thank you, and we hope you’ve enjoyed parts 1 and 2. We visited one of our favourite aquarist in Osaka, and we’ve featured his fish and his collection here a few times before but never in its entirety as Read More

Opulent Osaka Part 2: Yuma Yasuda’s Odontanthias katayamai filmed and photographed in stunning HD

If you’re still reading and following on our Osaka updates, then welcome to part two of four! In our previous installation we visited Mr. Makoto Matsuoka and took a look at some of his rare butterflyfish collection. This time we’re featuring another Japanese aquarist and his fish, but instead of showcasing a wider range of Read More

Opulent Osaka Part 1: Makoto Matsuoka’s decade old Prognathodes collection

We just got back from a three day trip to Osaka and if you’re a fish lover, you’re going to want to keep your eyes peeled and attention focused on this page for the next week at least. Japan as you all already know is a mecca for rare fish, and as a self-proclaimed (and Read More

Reef Nuggets 5: Pseudanthias and notes regarding feeding and husbandry

In Reef Nuggets 4 we recounted Macropharyngodon and our personal experience with maintaining a harem using M. vivienae as an example. Today’s installation will aim at covering a topic that’s widely discussed, and on a subject that is ubiquitous and iconic in both the reefs of the ocean as well as our homes. Pseudanthias is high on Read More

Rainbow Corals: The Master Aquarium List

Twenty years ago, “mini reef hobbyists” were lucky to get corals in a particularly juicy shade of brown, and if they were lucky there might be a hint of green in an elegance coral or trachyphyllia. But this is 2015 dang it, and REEFERS will not be satiated with corals that don’t display a veritable Read More