Hawaii anti-aquarium legislation being reconsidered TODAY

An amended HB 873HD1 regulating the aquarium fishery will be heard by Committee on Judiciary on Friday at 3:00 p.m. in the State Capitol’s Conference Room 325. Testimony must be received by the Committee no later than 3:00 p.m. Thursday,…

The hobby needs your help to prevent a trio of sour laws in Hawaii

It’s never a pleasant affair to hear of yet another new law being proposed to shutter the aquarium hobby but today we really need action from all of you. A trio of laws being proposed in Hawaii will go into…

Wes Shinego documents the shallow reef life of Hawaii one instagram post at a time

Reef culture and social media may not be the likeliest of pairings, but it’s safe to say that in recent years the movement toward a more internet savvy environment has definitely taken a footing. You’re now hard pressed to find wholesalers or…

6 great iPhone applications for identifying and learning about reef fish

If you’re one of the 10 million people who got a shiny new iPhone 6 this weekend, or just happen to have a shiny slab of computing power that fits in your pocket, you should really take advantage of it…

“Holy Grail” Angelfish Bred in Captivity

Certain marine fish are so uncommon in the aquarium hobby yet so beautiful to behold that they fetch an absolutely mind-blowing price (sometimes in the many thousands of dollars for a single specimen) when they do make a rare appearance…

Finding Neo: Oceansphere is the Matrix for fish

Fisheries are under a lot of stress and strain and this company’s Matrix-like approach might just be the answer by creating automated fish farms in the open ocean. The Oceansphere, from Hawaii Oceanic Technology (HOT), is a huge spherical fish farm…

Tinker’s Butterflyfish: Beautiful, Hardy, and Way Beyond My Wages

Novice marine aquarium hobbyists—especially those making the transition from freshwater to saltwater fishkeeping—commonly experience “sticker shock” when they see the prices of many marine species offered in the trade. After all, when you’re accustomed to spending only a few dollars…

Tensions rise over hawaiian reef fish collection, underwater scuffle caught on video

Aquariums are supposed to be a relaxing, enjoyable hobby, one which teaches people on the surface the beauty and magic of the reef life below. But alas, tensions are rising to a fever pitch as opposite sides of the debate…

The mind-blowing Odontanthias elizabethae has left us speechless

There are some fish that are just so rare they’re almost mythical, and to see one would probably require divine intervention on some cosmic celestial level. We’re so fascinated with Odontanthias, and over the years few representatives from this genus…

Tail-less bandit angelfish is practically beyond belief

A bandit angelfish is a very special fish to begin with but a tail-less Apolemichthys arcuatus is unheard of. This wild-caught specimen is the first documentation of tail-less-ness in this species that we know and while it looks really strange in…