indian ocean

We just can’t get enough of the Cocopeel’s intense blue eyes!

‘Cocopeel’ is our personal shorthand for Cocos Island, Indian Ocean, Lemonpeel Angelfish, Centropyge flavissima. This highly unusual variant of a common aquarium fish hides an evolutionary rift from the standard-issue lemonpeel angelfish which goes back thousands of years, and its tiny,…

The Mauritian Zebra Tang is so much more than a fancy convict

Acanthurus polyzona, aka the Zebra Tang from Mauritius and the Western Indian Ocean has been a book fish that we thought we would never see with our own eyes for so long, we had all but given up ever seeing one in…

The Indian Ocean is producing some really nice tricolor “Koi” Scopas Tangs

We’re not sure exactly what’s stirring up in the waters of the Indian Ocean, but it’s definitely producing some gnarly aberrations of the commonly known scopas tang, Zebrasoma scopas, that we know and love. This little gem shows similar characteristics to…

Stunning Xanthic Regal Angefish collected and filmed

As angelfish go, the good ole regal angelfish, Pygoplites diacanthus, doesn’t come in too many variations; you get the grey chested Pacific Form and the yellow chested Indian Ocean and Red Sea form. Occasionally we come across a slightly scribbled…

The Zebra Tang has come to US and UK aquariums

The Zebra tang, aka Acanthurus polyzona is a very rare “book fish” which we’ve covered before from a distance, but this story is about some good news for aquarists. After about two years of poking, prodding, begging, pleading and insisting,…

Canthigaster tyleri is the clown trigger of tobies

More and more, amazing species of tobies like this Canthigaster tyleri are coming to light giving us more reasons to love the colorful diversity of sharpnose puffers. Tyler’s toby is a deepwater reef fish from the Indian Ocean which clearly…

Xanthic Eibl’s Angelfish is a cleverly disguised impostor of the stunning Tigerpyge hybrid.

Crosses between Centropyge flavissima and Centropyge eibli so spectacular and are simply one of the most beautifully created natural hybrids that a nickname has been coined just for them – Tigerpyge. The tigerpyges are usually collected in the Indian Ocean where…

Chagos brain coral, Ctenella chagius is a unique species from the Indian Ocean

The Chagos Brain Coral, Ctenella chagius, is unique Indian Ocean endemic coral species which is highly unlikely to come up on the radar of the most reef aquarists. With this great video footage of the Chagos Brain Coral we thought…

Cocos island lemonpeel angelfish are the blue eyed boys from the Indian Ocean

And we mean that literally! The lesser known Indian Ocean form of the lemonpeel angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus), have eluded aquarists for quite some time now, rarely making it into the trade. Originating from the Christmas Islands and Cocos-Keeling, a.k.a Joculator…

Video of the yellow belly blue tang shows off this perfect veteran aquarium fish

It’s no secret that we are currently enjoying a crush on a veteran aquarium fish, the eight-inch yellow belly blue tang that we first spotted at Marine Designs in Suwanee, Georgia. The personality of this old aquarium fish and the…