Caribbean Coral Diaries: Acropora palmata

Acropora palmata Acropora palmata is the king of all Caribbean corals. Acropora palmata grows into thick robust branches and is the most important reef-building species in the Caribbean. Like it’s thinner cousin, Acropora cervicornis, palmata colonies provide complex habitat for juvenile fish. As…

Arabian butterflyfish eating prepared food on video

The Arabian Butterflyfish is a piscine so stunningly gorgeous, but we daren’t look directly at it lest we succumb to its spell. Among the thousands of reef fish species, there is a certain group of extremely beautiful butterflyfish which are…

Steinhart Aquarium’s Caribbean display is a truly realistic representation of a biotope

Few set ups truly elicit fascination and marvel quite like those done in a biotope fashion. A biotope refers to an area of uniform environmental conditions which provides a specific niche for a particular set of organisms. Because aquarists are spoilt for choice…

Chaetodon xanthurus X C. guentheri is odd, even for a hybrid butterflyfish

When the topic of hybrid butterflyfishes gets brought up, almost certainly does the discussion revolve around the Roaps subgenus and their related hybrids. In the past year or two, we’ve seen several magnificent hybrids from this group emerging from the…

The Skeletor eel and Berndt’s eel raise the bar for rare & beautiful eels

Move aside Dragon, Kidako and Golden eels because the Skeletor and Berndt’s eels are here to show you who’s the king of the Anguilliformes. Pictured above is Berndt’s eel, Gymnothorax berndti, an extreme deepwater rarity from Japan who’s collection is…