Top 10 Angelfish Stories of 2018

It’s no secret that we are big fans of saltwater angelfish and we’re not the only ones, Angelfish are beautiful and diverse in their size and colors when they are normally colored, but the aberrations, rare species and variety of…

RCT Hawaii is Back in Action, with Captive Raised Convict Tangs

Frank Baensch of Reef Culture Technologies is back to raising fish and their latest target is the Hawaiian convict tang. You could be forgiven for not immediately recalling who and what RCT Hawaii is but let us refresh your memory. …

Looking Forward To The Future Of The Aquarium Hobby

Things I’m Looking Forward To While going through some old books and magazines I came across a poster for MACNA from over twenty years ago, it made me laugh as the topic of my talk was “The Future of the…

Mark’s Simply Elegant NPS Biotope Aquarium
Mark's NPS Biotope It's hard not to fall in love with juicy NPS aquariums. Mark's NPS Biotope is a fine example, and we jumped on the opportunity to feature Mark's simply elegant tank. Mark's NPS Biotope is a rimless Elos 120XL…
Fun graphic shows difference between a royal gramma and a royal dottyback

In the world of tropical reef fish, there are numerous examples of convergent evolution, where unrelated and widely separated fish develop the same color and shape. The similarity between some cases of convergent evolution can be so similar between these fishes. Starcki…

4.0 Cirrhilabrus laboutei & the Origins of Fairy Wrasse Diversity

At last, we’ve reached the thrilling conclusion to this comprehensive review of Fairy Wrasse evolution, and it’s time to once more dwell upon the topic of the group’s origins. As we’ve previously discussed, this enormously diverse genus can be comfortably categorized…

Top 5 picks for MACNA 2015 Speaker presentations

Seems like the Denver MACNA was wrapping up just yesterday, but truth be told we are just a little over a week away from MACNA in Washington D.C. As usual, we like to share with you our personal top five…

Brazilian Lionfish Discovered!

In their slow and steady march towards Atlantic reef dominance, the invasive lionfish Pterois volitans has at last crossed the final hurdle and been found in the reefs of Southeastern Brazil. To do so required it to traverse some inhospitable…

Tank Profile: Marco Pardun’s 104-gallon Room Divider Triton Reef

When I first came across this aquarium, it caught my eyes for a variety of reasons. First and foremost was the variety of color in its inhabitants. Next is the fact that it is a room divider (something I’ve always…

Geminate sisters and their path to speciation

Ever wondered why with an endless possibility of patterns and permutations, there is always somehow a few fish with consistently repeated pattern templates? A few species that share the same overall appearance but not quite the same. That confusing group of…