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Plectranthias winniensis & P. helenae captive raised by RCT Hawaii

Plectranthias winniensis and P. helenae are two species of this adorable group of basslets that grace the pages of Reef Builders today for very good reason. Reef Culture Technologies Hawaii has been trailblazing the captive rearing of various marine fish genera and species; first by captive spawning and breeding many different species of Centropyge, and … Read More

Annual Coral Mass Spawning in Mozambique

If your first image of Africa isn’t white sand beaches and jaw dropping coral reefs, you’ve probably never been to Mozambique, and the Quirimbas Archipelago is no exception with beaches and reefs as far as the eye can see. The Quirimbas is a group of 32 islands reaching up to Mozambique’s northern border with Tanzania. … Read More

Aqua Illumination’s 10-Prime LED array for their own show tank

Last week we visited Aqua Illumination LED light manufacturing plant in Ames Iowa where we got to spend a lot of time getting to know and understand the groundbreaking new Hydra 26 & Hydra 52 “HyperDrive” LEDs. In addition to taking a trip down memory lane of Aqua Illumination’s many generation of LED lights, we … Read More

Upgraded Innovative Marine Shallow Reef series sees deep price cuts

Two years ago, Innovative Marine introduced the Nuvo Shallow Reef Series as one of the most ambitious line of all in one aquariums. Today Innovative Marine is introducing a fresh handful of new upgrades to the entire line, with dramatic price cuts to the Nuvo Shallow Reef series. The new pricing for Innovative Marine’s Shallow Reef makes … Read More

Reef Tank Aesthetics: A forgotten Aspect of the Viewing Experience

Over the years I have been spoiled in that I have had the good fortune of viewing hundreds of tanks all over the country and the world. I cannot thank the people in this hobby enough in that they bring me into their homes and share their secret joy, I truly appreciate rheir generosity. I … Read More

A collection of six spectacular reef tanks which deserve a second look

We love rare fish, exotic corals, and fancy new reef aquarium gear, but the best part, the real point of it is how it all comes together to create a beautiful reef tank. We’ve seen a number of spectacular reef tanks in the recent past, these are masterpieces of reef aquarium creation, and serve as … Read More

Plectranthias sp. Curacao is in the good hands of Blue Harbor

The new species of Plectranthias that was recently collected from Curacao is probably the first of its kind to make it into a home aquarium. We first featured this fish with a post from Joe Oliver at the source, and now we’ve got an update on this stupendous specimen in Blue Harbor Japan, where the … Read More

Get to know the leather corals: Sarcophyton, Lobophytum and Sinularia

Leather corals are a group of soft coral which include the genus Sarcophyton, Lobophytum and Sinularia. Leather corals are easy to care for and a great addition to any tank, and within these groups there are several species of leather corals which come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. These hardy corals are known … Read More

Chevron tang also turns up in the Philippines

The chevron tang, Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis, has long been a popular aquarium tang, and for good reason. Juveniles are brilliantly colored and, like many tangs, does an admiral job of eating nuisance algae. Nearly all chevron tangs make their way to the hobby via Hawaii (hence the scientific name hawaiiensis), but is also native to the … Read More

3.2 Fairy Wrasses: The temminckii group

The temminckii group plays host to some of the genus’ larger and more unappealing species. Burley, pugnacious and often glazed in matte grey, these un-fairy looking fairy wrasses are more often than not associated with the ugly duckling sobriquet. Despite their lackluster charm and uninspired appearance, the temminckii group members display a textbook example of … Read More