devil clam-4 Face to face with the mythical Devil Clam, Tridacna mbalavuana We’ve been writing about the devil clam, Tridacna mbalavuana (formerly T. tevoroa) for years, and even more so in the last couple months since Tonga loosened up its exports of giant clams. But finally, this week we had the chance to see a real live devil clam, in person, in the flesh, and extremely personal. Coming face to face
stenopus tenuirostris A Photographic Identification Guide to Stenopus Shrimp
Hands-on with the PRS Corrente digital flow sensor

Sea & Reef Brings Back C-Quest Wide Bar Gladiator Ocellaris Clownfish

With the loss of C-Quest hatcheries, many of their signature designer clownfish lines went through a period of relatively scarcity, but the Wide Bar Gladiator Ocellaris Clownfish was perhaps the most overlooked and forgotten form out of the C-Quest lines.  This week, Soren Hansen and Sea & Reef Aquaculture announced the return of retail availability on Read More

ORA’s Electric Indigo Dottyback – New Take On A Hybrid

We tried, oh how we tried, but on this one, Dustin Dorton’s lips are sealed.  The “Electric Indigo Dottyback” is clearly something different and unique, and is the latest in a string of debuts from ORA in early 2014. So we’ve had “Indigo” Dottybacks for a few years now.  But this “Electric Indigo” is something Read More

ORA Breaks the Blenny Barrier – Captive-Bred Red Sea Mimic Blennies!

Today, ORA announced the successful breeding of the Red Sea Mimic Blenny, Ecsenius gravieri, and with it, the impenetrable blenny-barrier has been broken. For years if not decades, it has seemed that the successful captive breeding of the combtooth Blennies from the genus Ecsenius couldn’t be done. While spawning these species has been relatively commonplace, rearing the offspring Read More

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

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