flores-aquarium-diving A reef tank is not a piece of a natural reef I have to chuckle when I hear someone say that their reef tank looks just like a reef in the ocean, or that their tank is like a small piece of the reef. It may sound like sacrilege to fellow reefers, but despite how much we want to believe this illusion, or how good our tanks look, or even
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New Morse Code PNG Maroon Clownfish from Sea & Reef

Sea & Reef Aquaculture announced the release of their new PNG-lineage “Morse Code” Maroon Clownfish, Premnas biaculeatus. Lovers of the Lightning Maroon Clownfish, or for that matter any of the unusual Maroon Clownfish that came out of Papua New Guinea (PNG), will recognize these distinctive looking Maroon Clownfish.  There’s more to the story of course. Read More

Jaguar Gobies are ORA’s latest Captive-Bred Introduction

ORA appears to have claimed the first “species first” for 2014, announcing today their accomplishments breeding the Jaguar Goby, Gobiopsis quinquecincta. That said, based on the timing and details, ORA has been sitting quietly on this success for several months, at least well back in 2013. According to ORA’s announcement, this is the species that initially Read More

Longfin Ocellaris: The Verdict? It’s Genetic!

Just yesterday we published our 2013 Marine Breeding Year in Review, part II, which included speculation and a short update about Sustainable Aquatic’s Longfin Ocellaris breeding project. At the time the review was written in late December, Sustainable had just announced a hatch from their normal ocellaris female, and longfin male. Well, a lot can Read More

2013 Marine Breeder’s Year in Review

It’s the 4th annual installment of the Marine Breeder’s Year in Review (see past installments at 2010, 2011a, 2011b, and 2012) and frankly, it’s been an interesting if not arguably “slow” year for a change, and yet I’ll probably write more than ever! Breeders are pursuing all sorts of projects, but ‘success’ in terms of new Read More

Eastern Hulafish a Captive Bred Surprise from ORA

Trachinops taeniatus, the Eastern Hulafish, is the latest species-first in the marine breeding world to be claimed by ORA (Oceans Reefs & Aquariums). We have good reason to celebrate the introduction of this rarely available temperate fish as captive bred.  Details have yet to be shared regarding HOW the species is propagated, but it’s worth Read More

Unboxing the Vossen Aquatics Larval Snagger

If you’re into fish or invertebrate breeding, or even if you just have them spawning in your reef tank, one of the largest hurdles is getting the offspring out of your aquarium and into a larval rearing environment. You may have heard about a “larval snagger” on more than one occasion, and more often than Read More

Longfin clownfish clinches title for “guppy of the marine aquarium”

While “Guppy of the Marine Aquarium” has long been a title bestowed upon the Banggai Cardinalfish, I’ve long felt that the true guppy of the marine aquarium world, with its ubiquity of hobbyist breeding and ever-increasing diversity of aberrant, non-wild “designer forms”, is the Ocellaris & Percula Clownfish complex. If there was any remaining doubt, Read More

Bali Aquarich teases first captive bred maze angelfish – updated

While much of the marine aquarium world was recuperating from MACNA 2013, Wen-Ping Su shared the latest news out of Bali Aquarich.  The official BING translation of the caption for this photo reads “24 days Maze Angelfish, has already passed two major danger, and unlike the other immortals are: back already could see blue streak, Read More

Bali Aquarich floors us with captive-bred cleaner wrasses

Hobbyist have been chipping away at attempting to successfully breed the cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, for years, with many well-documented captive spawns in Germany and the United States, yet nothing more came from those spawns. Then a 53-day success was reported in Taiwan in 2010 which might represent the species first at that timeframe, but again…nothing more. An intriguing Read More

Fisheye Aquaculture Releases first captive-bred French Grunts

Late last year we shared with you “Grunt Breeding 101“, Rising Tide’s compendium of breeding the various Haemulon species. In an excellent example of putting Rising Tide’s R&D to practical use, Fisheye Aquaculture announced today what is believed to be the first commercially available captive-bred French Grunts, H. flavolineatum. From their release: The French Grunts Read More