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Blue Squamosa Clams down to $99 at Old Town Aquarium, Chicago

The Blue Squamosa clam was once the holy grail of Tridacna giant clams, virtually never seen in the aquarium world until a trickle of specimens began to be imported earlier last year. The first few handfuls of the blue squammies were are very similar in appearance, with completely clean shells indicative that these specimens were Read More

Spanish Flag Grouper lands at Old Town Aquarium

The Spanish Flag grouper is a fish that was once uber rare but now seems to be trickling into the trade with more regular collection, and a price that ensures it is worth the time of the deepwater collectors who provide them. The latest LFS to be graced by this grouper gem from the depths Read More

The Wrasse Blenny is exactly the kind of oddball fish you’d expect to find at Old Town Aquarium

it is invariable that any time we visit Old Town Aquarium in Chicago, we are bound to not only come across some cool fish, but some rare oddballs which we’ve never seen, and rarely even thought about. On this visit to Old Town Aquarium the Wrasse Blenny, Hemiemblemaria simulus, was that fish. The Wrasse Blenny Read More

Serranus phoebe is the latest feather in the cap of Old Town Aquarium basslet collections

Tattler’s basslet, Serranus phoebe, won’t be the most sensational rare fish collected this year, but that bold pattern of stripes on a light body with subtle blue markings sure are distinctive. The blue snout and angular head makes this serranid look more like a hamlet than a basslet, although the color pattern reminds of us Read More

Serranus chionaraia, the snow basslet, is the Plectranthias pelicieri of the Atlantic

The snow basslet, Serranus chionaraia, is a beautiful and interesting deepwater basslet from the Carribean Sea. As with many of these curiosities of the rare fish world, the snow basslet above was recently collected by Dynasty Marine and sent to Old Town Aquarium. We didn’t know what to expect when Jim first started telling us Read More

Paracheilinus attenuatus, the diamond tail flasher wrasse shows up at Old Town Aquarium

The diamond tail flasher wrasse, Paracheilinus attenuatus, is one of the rarest and most highly sought after flasher wrasses. The species was long synonymized with P. mccoskeri but John Randall described and split off the species from specimens collected in the Sychelles. This gorgeous bright-bellied flasher wrasse was recently imported from Kenya where it’s glory Read More