Zebrasoma scopas is a widespread but highly variable surgeonfish species, with unusual color aberrations that are prized by the reefkeeping world. The Indian and Pacific Oceans have produced many freaks over the years from as far apart as Kenya to…
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species will meet on December 3rd to discuss the collection and export of certain hard coral species from Australia.
Reefbuilders is the home of saltwater color morphs and has covered more koi, calico, yellow and piebald Scopas tangs than anyone else. So let us introduce you to our next example of polychromatism in Zebrasoma scopas, the Bicolor.
Prolific Ph.D. candidate Yi Kai Tea (Lemon Tyk) has published papers on not just two but four new species of Pencil wrasse this week. Pseudojuloides crux and P.paradiseus are now being joined by P.pluto and P.proserpina, taking the total number of Pencil Wrasse species to 18.
Aquaforest is joining the aquarium market with a new range of reef-ready aquariums. The AF OceanGuard range comprises aquarium, sump, pre-assembled cabinet, and pipework, and will be available in five sizes from two to six feet in length, and 275-980 liters (72-258 gallons) total volume.
The late, great Aqua Design Amano founder Takashi Amano had many positive design influences on this hobby. Low iron glass, rimless tank design, and minimal silicone were all core ADA design principles that have left a legacy in the hobby that so many others now adhere to.
The biodiversity of the Dutch Caribbean has been studied for 250 years, but most records of Zoantharians don’t go much beyond the genus level or are grouped into generic catch-all species despite being common. A group of zoantharian specialists from Japan and the Netherlands has sought to change that by collecting and DNA testing new specimens as well as reexamining huge numbers of historic records and data of species collected and described from the area.
Pet and aquatics company Rolf C Hagen has added a new model to its popular Flex curved aquarium series. At 32” long the Fluval Flex Saltwater Aquarium is the longest model to date, sharing the top to bottom bow front, integral filtration, and lighting of its smaller relatives, but holding double the water volume at 32.5 gallons, providing additional space for a protein skimmer and coming supplied with marine spectrum, app-controlled lighting.
If you like to extend the limits of what is possible in reefing then let us introduce you to the Neon Blue Eye, Pseudomugil cyanodorsalis. A genus of mainly freshwater fish from Australia and New Guinea, Pseudomugil gertrudae and furcatus are the two species you’ll usually find gracing tropical planted tanks with their delicate blue eyes, double dorsals, and male fin-flaring.
Think of LPS corals with variation in color and you might think of torch corals or chalice, but the humble Elegance Coral, Catalaphyllia jardinei, can produce some freakish variations too. Most Catalaphyllia jardinei have light brown base flesh, fluorescent green mottling on the oral disc, with mint green hues and blueish tips.