Hawaiian corals choose algae symbionts to suit depth and temperature

A study published in Royal Society Open Science has found that Montipora capitata populates with algal symbionts based on environmental factors. Scientists from the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology and the Chaminade University of Honolulu already knew that the reef-building…

Oceanic Institute of Hawaii raises Longnose Butterflyfish, Forcipiger flavissimus

The Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University has succeeded in culturing the Longnose Butterflyfish, Forcipiger flavissimus. The institute that bought us the first captive-bred population of Yellow Tangs has today released pictures of 90-day-old captive-raised F.flavissimus, breaking the 86-day record…

Email the HI Gov’t and Tell Them You Want Hawaiian Fish Back!

The reef aquarium industry has been battling the efforts to ban the collection of Hawaiian fish for over ten years and earlier this year our worst fears came to pass. Without a shred of evidence or any tangible environmental impact…

The Best Video of Centropyge nahackyi Ever!

Centropyge nahackyi is a gorgeous colorful pygmy angelfish from the central Pacific Ocean that is rarely seen by aquarists or divers since it lives mostly outside the ranges of where people visit natural coral reefs. The Nahacky angelfish has a…

10 Rare Hawaiian Aquarium Fish

Hawaii is well known as a hot spot of endemism both above and below the water and this is a fact which aquarium fish fanciers are very well acquainted with. Many common shallow water species that have been enjoyed by…

Top 10 Classic Hawaiian Aquarium Fish

There certainly has been a lot of commotion surrounding Hawaiian reef fish lately, following the total closure of commercial collection of aquarium fish from the Pacific island chain last week. It’s been a long, drawn out legal battle in the…

Collection of Hawaiian Fish Now Completely Shut Down

It feels like we’ve been covering the saga of the legal challenges to Hawaiian ornamental fish collection for years but now our worst fears have come to pass. Last week a ruling came down that has completely banned the collection…

Jeff Milisen Releases The Field Guide to Blackwater Diving in Hawai‘i

Blackwater diving is an otherworldly experience not to be missed. Jeff Milisen an expert on the subject of blackwater photography and has just released a new field guide to the world of blackwater marine life in Hawai’i. Every night the…

Non-Native Stony Corals Removed from Hawaiian Reef

Hawaii is renowned for its high concentration of endemism both in the sea and on land, and the biggest threat to native hawaiian species is almost always introduced species of plants and animals. Therefore you can imagine the alarm bells…

Diving for Corals & Fish at Puako, Hawaii

Hawaii’s fish and reefs are some of the most iconic marine life and recognized the world over. Some of the aquarium hobby’s most important fish like yellow tangs, flame wrasses and bartlett’s anthias come primarily from Hawaii, yet the reef…