Distribution of the Trochocopus subgenus with a new range extension for the neopercularis complex

The largely puerile and often intimidating Bodianus is a large genus of labrid most noted for their belligerent and mischevious behaviour. While a large portion of the genus are often teeth bearing invertebrate hunters, a handful are minimally problematic and…

The elusive Bodianus neopercularis and its near perfect clone

The genus Bodianus has got to be one of the the favorites amongst reefers and fish lovers alike. They’re robust, hardy, have so much personality and not to mention beautiful. Here at ReefBuilders, we’ve already covered many of the rarer…

A Few of My Favorite Fish

This time of year when they play “These are a few of my favorite things”, and I am in the Christmas mood I thought I would list some of my favorite fish. Besides just listing them, I would also loke…

Bodianus bennetti is the newest species of hogfish from the South Pacific

Bodianus bennetti is a new species of colorful hogfish which the aquarium hobby is fully responsible for bringing to the light of day. Bodianus bennetti is closely related to several species in the Trochocopus subgenus of hogfish that are typified by having a…

A new range extension for Chaetodon burgessi in the Coral Sea

The family Chaetodontidae is well represented by ten genera. Of which, the most populous Chaetodon is home to several subgenera, one of which is the eternally fascinating Roaops. This small subgenus comprises of five handsome species, including the dapper, monochromatic Chaetodon…

Opulent Osaka Part 4: A BlueHarbor tribute, and the man behind the brand

We’ve come to our last and final installation of our four part Osaka travelogue. If you’ve been following parts 1, 2 and 3, we hope you’ve enjoyed it, and thank you for exploring some of Osaka’s most opulent reef keepers…

The mystery of Bodianus “kimura”- shocking information that will leave you asking for more

Recently, some light has been shed on a new species of Bodianus that has gotten everyone worked up. Some light has been shed, but not nearly enough, and we’re still scratching our heads at this Bodianus conundrum. The new species,…

Hong Kong through Digiman’s eyes part 1: Legendary reefers Dr. Chung and Jimma Ma

Here’s another exciting Reef Builders travelogue showcasing the sights and adventures of the reefing scene in a foreign country. Like our Japan and Bangkok travelogues, we visit yet again another Asian country – the mystical land of Hong Kong. This…

Bodianus sp. Banana Hogfish is a totally enviable beauty from the South Pacific

Bodianus hogfish are totally hot right now with B. paraleucosticticus occsionally showing up, peppermint hogfish are now being collected in two flavors: an Indian Ocean Bodianus opercularis and Pacific Ocean B. neopercularis forms. Meanwhile in Japan Blue Harbor has been…

Iwarna Aquafarm provides last minute candy canes of the aquatic kind

The holidays are in full swing and besides being a legal excuse to put on weight, it’s also a time to indulge in a little something extra. All in the spirit of holiday cheer, of course. The fish deities know…