Fish

Reef Safe Angelfish: What’s the Secret?

Have you ever owned a reef-safe angelfish? A hot topic of discussion that has yet to be answered. If you peruse the forums, you will find yourself reading a multitude of different opinions. Some believe they will get lucky and…

Ostorhinchus Cardinalfishes are suitable for reef tanks of all sizes

When we speak about cardinalfishes within the reef aquarium hobby, most people relate to the classic Pajama Cardinalfish, Sphaeramia nematoptera, or the Bangaii Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, which have been popular fish for reef tanks of all sizes for decades now.…

Understanding Difficult Fish: Why Expert Only Isn’t a Simple Term

When I was a brand new hobbyist, one of the facets of keeping fish I enjoyed most was research. Like most scientifically inclined people, learning about livestock was (and is) something I spent immense amounts of my free time doing.…

$20,000 Odontanthias rhodopeplus is a Super-Rare Treat from the Twilight Zone

Rare and Deepwater fish vendor Unique Fins is holding a single specimen of the Anthiadinae species Odontanthias rhodopeplus, that it claims is probably the rarest fish to be imported in the 2020s so far. With no english common names, Boro-sakuradai,…

Yellow Gobies are the Best Fish for Nano Reef Tanks  

I want to take a moment to highlight one of the unsung fishy heroes of the nano reefing world, the humble Yellow Goby. Also known as the Yellow Clown Goby or Okinawa Goby, Gobiodon okinawae is a small, bright yellow…

How to Quarantine Copperbands and Get Them Feeding

One of the most stunning marvels of the reef, the Copperband Butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus, is something of an idol within the reef-keeping industry. Gold and pearly white, these delicate fish flit around tanks with such poise, capturing the eye of…

Clownfish mucus composition changes during host anemone symbiosis

A recent scientific paper has confirmed what many people thought all along, that Clownfish can survive the sting from host anemones because of something in their mucus. But up until now, there has been very little molecular evidence to support…

Regal x Tiger Angelfish could be the first cross-genera hybrid

Prolific angelfish breeders Poma Labs announced the news of not one but two exciting breeding successes this week. The first is the Yellow-Ear Angelfish, Apolemichthys xanthotis, the 19th Angelfish species bred by the leading aquaculturists and they believe, the first…

Poey’s Butterflyfish is an Exception to the Prognathodes Rule

The wonderful Prognathodes aculeatus, or Poey’s Butterflyfish, happens to be my favorite species of butterflyfish in the world. This beautiful Prognathodes species originates from the tropical Western Atlantic and can be found off the coast of Florida all the way…

Halichoeres sanchezi is a New Species of wrasse from the tropical eastern Pacific 

A new species of wrasse has been described from the Revillagigedo Archipelago of Mexico, in the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean. Named the Tailspot wrasse, Halichoeres sanchezi belongs to the Halichoeres melanotis species complex that is found throughout the region, and…