kwajalein-coral-reef-scene-8-620x465 Recap of this week’s new products to create an aquarium reefscape By some neat coincidence, this week witnessed the announcement of four new products which have a different approach to building a mini reef aquarium aquascape. Each of this week’s artificial reefscaping materials represent novel solutions to using an alternative to live rock. The various choices for building an artificial mini reef structure include man made rock, ceramic
flores-acropora-unknown-two-5 The second unknown Acropora discovered on the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition
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Keeping butterflyfish in reefs: What to look out for and what to avoid

Butterflyfish are the quintessential reef inhabitant. Take a look at any coral reef picture, video, documentary, poster, you name it. There’s a high chance a colourful butterfly is flitting around there somewhere. The same is not to be said in our reef tanks however; butterflyfish, as reefy as they get, are relegated to living in Read More

Juvenile Scythe Butterflyfish photographed in the Catalina Islands for the first time

The Scythe Butterflyfish (Prognathodes falcifer) is a member of  the “long-nosed” butterflies from the genus Prognathodes. Many of the species are Atlantic in distribution, and all feature a pointed snout with exaggerated dorsal fin spikes. All the Prognathodes butterflies are gorgeous and are normally associated with deeper waters. About half the genus make regular appearances in Read More

Prognathodes guyanensis, the French butterflyfish is another exquisitely rare reef beauty coming to the Diver’s Den

Prognathodes guyanensis, also known as the French butterflyfish is up for two honors – it may well be one of the nicest species of tropical Prognathodes butterflyfish, and certainly the nicest in the Caribbean and it is also one of the rarest aquarium fish that comes from the Caribbean. Second only to the Spanish flag grouper, Prognathodes Read More

Hong Kong scores with two butterflyfish demigods – Prognathodes basabei and Roa excelsa

Apart from FOWLR dominated set ups and the typical over-stocked fish tanks that have fast become a stereotype there, the reefing scene of Hong Kong is well known for another aspect of the hobby – the ability to procure rare fish. Much like Japan, HK has proven worthy to join the leagues by obtaining some Read More

Prognathodes guyanensis pictured up close in this video by B-Box Aquarium

Prognathodes guyanensis is a rare deepwater butterflyfish from the Caribbean which is very infrequently available; maybe one or two appear in the aquarium trade every year. Also known as the French butterflyfish, Prognathodes guyanensis is much less known than the bank’s butterflyfish, Prognathodes aya, which has a much more northerly distribution in the Caribbean which is Read More

Prognathodes obliquus and P. dichrous are two similar yet unobtainable species from the Atlantic

The Prognathodes butterflyfishes are an underrated and seldom kept group of fishes that surely deserves some quality air time. While commoner species such as P. marcellae, P. aculeatus and P. aya make it into the trade from time to time, the majority are much less seldom seen and costs many more times than your standard Read More

Brand new and better videos of the one and only Lipogramma robinsi

We posted about the only captive Lipogramma robinsi in the world not too long ago, and then updated with a short video of it. The old video, nice as it may be, cannot compare to these brand new out of this world videos of the now comfortably settled fish. The tiny basslet is now conditioned and Read More

Juvenile Bank’s butterflyfish gets a closeup on video

B-Box aquarium is one of the select few fish stores always at the forefront of something rare or exciting. This time, with a video of a juvenile Bank’s butterflyfish (Prognathodes aya). While not as rare and not nearly as expensive as the Orange-margin butterflyfish we featured some time back, the bank’s butterflyfish is still an uncommon Read More

Orange-margin butterflyfish video from Blue Harbor features a never before seen juvenile

Prognathodes basabei is a remarkable species of butterflyfish that lives in the depths of Hawaii and nowhere else in the world. The gorgeous orange margin butterflyfish possesses a unique beauty and the extreme depth in which it lives in makes it one of the most coveted and expensive deepwater fish. The rarity of the Orange-margin Read More

Prognathodes carlhubbsi: will the real scythe butterflyfish please swim up?

Prognathodes carlhubbsi is a species of deep cool water butterflyfish which bears a close resemblance to the classic scythe butterflyfish, P. falcifer. The image above is a screencap from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s guide to Shorefishes of the Eastern Pacific which clearly shows the color and pattern differences between these two sympatric species of Read More

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