The speciation, biogeography and hybridization of Zebrasoma

The family Acanthuridae boasts of charismatic, charming and iconic reef fishes that are immediately recognizable both in the field and in the trade. All eighty or so species spanning the six various genera have a single unifying trait, and that is the possession of razor sharp caudal peduncular spines. The family is diverse and well represented Read More

A sneak peek of the hot livestock coming to Reefapalooza NY

If you were looking for a sneak peak at unique, cherry, eye catching or totally limited edition corals, we’ve got the ultimate coral candy fix for you today. Leading up to the hottest reef aquarium event of the summer, we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at the coral that will be offered for sale at

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Reef Reboot Phase 4, “Just Add Salt!”

So where did I leave off? Oh yeah, a tank full of RO water ready to become a reef! Now the fun part.. Salt was added and the pumps were fired up. I was thrilled that the new tank was relatively quiet. The bean animal overflow with a DC return pump kept things silent, with

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Full Tank Shots of S.E.A. Aquarium’s incredible public reef display

There are reef tanks, there are Tank of the Months, and then there are masterpieces in progress. The large reef display at S.E.A. Aquarium in Sentosa Singapore falls squarely in the latter category, and it firmly leads the pack, especially in the public aquarium space. We remember seeing this tank two years ago, and lamenting how

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S.E.A’s coral reef display is a veritable kaleidoscope of beauty

Oh S.E.A. Where do we begin. In our travels we’re fortunate enough to visit a hodgepodge of public aquariums. Often times we get to see behind the scenes, to the heart of the facility, where the quiet humming of machines and staff strive to set the gold standard of display. While most aquariums aim to captivate,

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Bali babies on display at Aquarama 2015

Bali Aquarich, the Asian sensation of the aquaculture scene, has been collecting accolades and trail blazing this niche in the last few years. They’ve come a long way since captive bred clownfish, and now boasts a stunning repertoire of angelfish species, captive bred for the aquarium hobby. A total of seven angelfish species, including a

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Unsung pioneers in the reef aquarium Hobby

After attending last year’s MACNA in Denver and a couple of the recent Reefapaloozas, I have come to the realization that the majority of the people now in the hobby have been in the hobby for less than ten years.  As a result I’m fairly certain that the majority of these hobbyists do not know

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Fairy Wrasses: The lanceolatus group

The members of the lanceolatus group are some of the largest and showiest fairy wrasses, collectively celebrated for their grandiose caudal fin and chromatic brilliance. The group spans most of the Indo-Pacific, with its various species occupying a series of non-overlapping biogeographic ranges which fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. This puzzle Read More

MaxSpect Ethereal LED is just about ready for prime time

It’s been a long time since we’ve had any updates on the MaxSpect Ethereal LED, but after nearly a year we are looking forward to seeing the new light at Aquarama next week. First revealed at InterZoo last year, Maxspect’s new flagship LED lighting platform has been under advanced development and refinement for the past

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A selection of Echinophyllia chalice corals from the Solomon Islands

As far as the hobby is concerned, nearly all of the stupid-awesome colored chalice corals are basically only found in Indonesia. Australia throws out some winners here and there but by and large, Indo is where it’s at when it comes to all the fancy Echinophyllia chalice corals with all the silly names. This is why

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