Prognathodes basabei and Odontanthias fuscipinnis make a stateside appearance

Although it seems like Japan gets all the coolest, rarest fish even if they come from Hawaii, Reef Builders reader JP is a determined collector from the Northeastern U.S. who has dedicated himself to creating the ultimate aquarium for rare…

Rare Fish Video Alert: Bodianus sanguineus, Odontanthias Fuscipinnis and a random barbefish

The little strip of Bodianus sanguineus in the video above is among one of the rarest fish in the aquarium trade. Until about 10 years ago there existed only one image of a live specimen taken from a deepwater submersible …

Rare Fish Roundup: Clarion angels, Mcculochi clownfish and Fuscipinnis anthias

Even with the growing uncertainty about the economy there is certainly no shortage of Rich Man’s fish. In the last couple weeks a couple of sources received a handful Australian Mcculochi clowns stateside which are going for no less than…

Borbonius Anthias Captive Bred By Biota Palau

Biota Palau is no stranger to being first to captive breed some popular tropical marine fish and the Borbonius anthias is the latest species to be added to their catalog. Their captive bred mandarins have revolutionized the experience of keeping…

Captive Raised Hawaiian Yellow Anthias Are Quite The Stunners

Karen Brittain has been quietly breeding some very exciting fish in Hawaii for the last few years. She brought us a big batch of captive bred personatus angelfish, a batch of bandit angelfish yielded some novel ‘ghost bandit’ angels, and…

This Hawaii Biotope Aquarium is the Best FOWLR Ever!

Reef tanks have all but taken over the saltwater side of the aquarium hobby but we’ve still got a special place reserved in our hearts for tanks dedicated to showcasing nice marine fish. Today’s feature is quite possibly one of…

A Deeper look into Mokupapapa Discovery Center’s Aquarium

We recently visited a very unique aquarium at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hawaii. The mere size of this aquarium is not what makes it impressive but the beautiful and extraordinarily rare fish that it contain. While there are many…

The Coolest Hawaiian reef fish get visually checklisted in this Kure dive video

Hawaii is renowned for its endemism which extends from the land down to the deep reefs. It’s been a while since we’ve posted a really good dive video featuring some rare fish so you can be certain that this one…

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…

Okayama’s “Liopropoma boss” shows us how he got that name

We’re at the penultimate last leg of our recent Japanese tour recount, and if you’re just following, be sure to check out the previous parts here, here, here, here and here. We’ve toured Osaka and the surrounding Kansai region extensively…