Oxymonacanthus halli: LiveAquaria’s offers the Red Sea harlequin filefish

LiveAquaria produced and delivered, a fully conditioned specimen of the Red Sea “Harlequin” Filefish, Oxymonacanthus halli.  I cook dinner for my wife and son, go run some errands, and come home to a Facebook posting from Dr. Matt Wittenrich, waving…

Success with the Harlequin Filefish, Oxymonacanthus longirostris

We are pleased to present another inaugural post today on Reef Builders, this one is by Tim Morrissey, a fish breeding aquarist who is attending the Florida Institute of Technology where he studies reef fish ecology and reproduction. Harlequin filefish,…

ORA’s Whitespotted Pymgy Filefish Makes A Third

Filefish are one of those forgotten groups in our hobby. Not generally thought of as reef safe, too timid for the typical fish-only setup (where their relatives, the Triggerfish, tend to be more obvious choices), the Filefish are relegated to…

Orange spot filefish is not impossible yet still very challenging to keep in captivity

[youtube width=”680″ height=”400″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHgBMRzsdks[/youtube] The orange-spot filefish, Oxymonacanthus longirostris, is a very enigmatic reef fish which has been the envy of fishkeepers for decades. Once thought to be ‘impossible’ to keep, the orange-spot filefish now joins the growing list of marine…

Top 5 Products from Two Little Fishies

The first time I met Julian Sprung, it was my 22nd birthday and I asked him to sign my copy of ‘Corals: A Quick Reference Guide’. Instead of signing it normally, the godfather of modern reefkeeping took a very long…

Finding Dory’s characters are all based on real animals

Finding Dory, like its prequel Finding Nemo, appealed to a huge audience and was universally beloved by the marine aquarium hobby. Part of this success was due in large part because every character in the movie is based on a real life…

Panta Nouri Sponge & Nouri Polyp specialty foods for angels & butterflies

Nouri Polyp and Nouri Sponge are two new specialty foods from Panta Rhei which are aiming to be some of the most natural diets ever produced for marine aquarium fish. As you might infer from their names, the headline ingredients…

3 Misconceptions About Small Marine Fish

As human beings, it’s in our nature to assign certain traits to small animals—cute, dependent, harmless, defenseless, etc. Perhaps we think this way because when it comes to animals, people included, smallness is usually correlated with infancy. However, if applied…

2013 Marine Breeder’s Year in Review part 2

This is the second part of our annual Marine Breeder’s Year in Review, part 1 can be seen here.  4th Annual Marine Breeding Initiative (MBI) Breeder’s Workshop To say it’s been a busy year is an understatement, so much so…

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…