The highly elusive and beautiful Bodianus opercularis surfaces in Hong Kong

The Bodianus hogfishes get loads of quality air time here at ReefBuilders, and for good reason. Hogfish are gorgeous, rare, easy to keep and overall a group of very hardy fish that can withstand the rumble and tumble of a…

Digiman’s rocky reef tank is a rare fish paradise

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKDwMmS08A4&feature=channel[/youtube] Mr. Tay, more commonly known online as Digiman from Singapore, is a rare fish enthusiast that has been featured on ReefBuilders on a few occasions. Enthusiast is an understatement to his passion and Digiman is someone who knows his…

Pictures and videos of Genicanthus personatus in the wild cements its holy grail angelfish status

I like looking at rare fish pictures as much as the next guy, but if there’s anything that excites me more, it’s the thrill of finding pictures of rare fish in the wild. Featured this time are a slew of…

The elusive Bodianus neopercularis and its near perfect clone

The genus Bodianus has got to be one of the the favorites amongst reefers and fish lovers alike. They’re robust, hardy, have so much personality and not to mention beautiful. Here at ReefBuilders, we’ve already covered many of the rarer…

Brown banded cusk eel Sirembo jerdoni is a super cool fish that is too seldom seen

Sirembo jerdoni (Brown-banded cusk-eel) is a really cool and really cute little eel like fish that is just too seldom seen in the trade. It inhabits a wide range across the Indo-west pacific, but due to it’s shy and benthic…

Two great aquarium stores in Greenwich CT having big annual sales this weekend

House of Fins and Greenwich Aquaria are two of the finest retail aquarium stores in the country which we have written about extensively over the years – only LiveAquaria and Old Town Aquarium do as much shaking down of rare…

Bodianus masudai and B. paraleucosticticus are not your average deepwater hogfish

[youtube width=”680″ height=”380″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNj5zBilPdA[/youtube] Bodianus masudai and B. leucosticticus are two deepwater hogfish which have recently appeared as singular specimens. Digiman from Singapore obtained a beautiful specimen of B. masudai which is rarely seen outside of the Japanese aquarium market. This…

New Northwestern Hawaiian Exhibit coming soon to the Waikiki Aquarium

The Waikiki Aquariums is adding a new and unique exhibit showcasing the rich underwater realm of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. All the coral, fish and other marine life were collected from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument with rare government approval…

New bill threatens to ban commercial reef fish harvest in Hawaii – updated

On the heels of Ret Talbot’s January 2011 CORAL Magazine article on the Hawaiian Marine Aquarium Fish Trade comes a bill in the Hawaii State Legislature to amend Chapter 188 of the Hawaii State Statute.  Specifically, revisions to marine life…

The biggest marine aquarium stories of 2010

Being involved with Reef Builders gives us a front-row seat to the latest news, advancements and stories in the hobby. We have the privilege to bring you new and exciting stories, products and livestock every day. With so many interesting things coming…