awesome fish spotlight

Awesome Fish Spotlight: the Yellow Watchman Goby

The cautious Yellow Watchman Goby sits on the substrate near his borrow waiting for food. However, he quickly retreats when threatened along with anyone else sharing his home. Yellow Watchman Gobies, or Yellow Prawn Gobies, are known for their symbiotic…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: The Chalk Basslet

The Chalk Basslet is an overlooked unpopular fish that deserves much more credit than it receives. These wonderful fish are well behaved and are fitting for almost any aquarium. Also known as Serranus tortugarum, it is geographically found in the…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: the Blue Spot Jawfish

The blue spot jawfish, Opistognathus rosenblatti, is a colorful, quirky, and most beautiful members of the jawfish family. They are a popular fish that can be found in almost any local fish store, but that wasn’t always the case.  Although they…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: The Wartskin Anglerfish

The wartskin anglerfish is a secretive and interactive fish that requires you to get your hands wet almost every day. Contrary to its personality, their colors are composed of a vivid array of oranges, yellows, oranges, reds, greens, pinks, browns,…

Invertebrate Highlight: The Pom Pom Crab

The Pom Pom crab is a cute and mysterious reef safe crustacean. If you’ve ever seen this curious critter, you may wonder what it is dancing for, and what it is holding. It is actually holding two anemones, Triactis producta, that it uses…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: Barbour’s Seahorse

The Barbour’s Seahorse, Hippocampus barbouri, is born a striking yellow with an eye catching zebra striped snout. Its textured skin with spines protruding from its body make it an unusual species. Like most seahorses, it likes to hang out in…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: Roa excelsa

Roa excelsa is a unique deepwater butterflyfish that is part of a very interesting genus of reef fish. The Excelsa butterflyfish has three sibling species including Roa modesta, Roa jayakari and the fairly new Roa australis. We’ve featured the modest butterflyfish,…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: Valenciennea helsdingenii

Chances of bumping into cool fish increases exponentially when you’re out and about marauding the various Balinese wholesale facilities. Picking out a truly rare gem amidst a swathing plague of reef fish requires a keen eye and an innate intuition. That…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: The scarlet Synchiropus

Synchiropus is an immaculate genus famed for the unorthodox juxtaposition between cute and freaky. With frog like faces, huge bulging eyes and pursed lips, coupled with their undulating fin movements, they make for a highly peculiar animal. In the aquarium context, few species illicit…

Tryssogobius Tuesday: A guide to the genus of fairy gobies

Amongst the giddying myriad of nano-sized gobies suited for the home aquarist, few genera exuberates brilliance and mystique quite like Tryssogobius. The genus comprises of delicate dainty gobies, of which seven are scientifically recognized. There are invariably many more waiting…