Supermale Halichoeres claudia, red-scribbled wrasse, is not your average Christmas wrasse

Halichoeres claudia at first glance may come across to many as just another “Christmas Wrasses”. The term, commonly allocated to most of the Halichoeres wrasses sporting similar coloration. H. claudia however, is no such stereotype. These lovely photographs of the supermale…

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…

House of Fins amassed a rare fish collection like no other for the 2010 SPLASH event

House of Fins is a premier LFS and aquarium maintenance company located in Greenwich CT. For the last four years HoF has put together this anniversary sale event they simply call “SPLASH”. We’ve been fortunate to attend and speak at…

Armitage Angelfish and Juvenile wrought iron butterflyfish co-star in the house of Fins SPLASH event

Armitage angelfish and baby wrought iron butterflyfish may not be as rare as the luscious neon hogfish, but they still shared the rare fish spotlight at last weekend’s SPLASH event at House of Fins, in Greenwich CT. They may not…

Rare fish collector Rob Lower dies of dive-related injuries

Rob Lower was a marine ornamental fish collector who specialized in finding and catching many rare Hawaiian endemic reef fish, many of which were only accessible by diving to the limits. Over the last few years Mr. Lower was one…

Blue Harbor’s incredible rare fish menagerie on captured on video

Every time we see something new from Japan’s Blue Harbor, we want to grab the passport and jump on a plane to check out this place in person. Reef Builders’ own Taka Kamata shared this link with us of some…