Chaetodon tinkeri shows why the roaps butterflyfishes are fearless and hardy

Hybrids aside, Chaetodon tinkeri is the least common and arguably the coolest obtainable member of the five roaps butterflyfish – with emphasis on the word obtainable. As far as butterflyfishes go, all five species within this subgenus Roaps are hardy…

Experienced aquarists consider safeguarding broodstock of endemic Hawaiian fish

We’re pretty sure that the proponents of the Hawaiian-based anti-aquarium-trade movements will try to cherry pick an article like this for out-of-context statements that they can try to use to use against the aquarium industry. If you found your way…

PETCO targeted by protesters in Hawaii

Protesters are at war with PETCO, a large multichannel retailer primarily based in the United States. In Hawaii, protesters took to the streets to complain about the death of a baby tang among other things. PETCO, which we have covered…

Kauai is second island to pass resolution to ban aquarium collection in Hawaii

The battle to outright ban the collection of aquarium fish has rapidly been reaching a fever pitch, with almost daily revelations and news being added to the controversy. Ret Talbot recently spent time in Hawaii, writing for both CORAL Magazine…

Hawaiian Ornamental Fishing Ban Passed Hawaii County Council 6-2

“Fish-collecting ban reso passes council – Supporters drown out opponents in testimony” was the news out of West Hawaii Today last week.  If you thought the most recent proposal to ban marine aquarium fish collection in Hawaii was just going…

Hawaii gets another proposal to ban marine aquarium fish collection

Talk of banning the collection of marine aquarium livestock in Hawaii is back again just eight months since Hawaii’s House Bill 580 was reported here on Reef Builders and only six months since we reported on HB580’s failure. Yet it seems…

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Exhibit opens at Waikiki Aquarium

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN2ypEDoop0[/youtube] We wrote about the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit at the Waikiki Aquarium earlier this year and it finally opened in August. As the first major display in nearly six years at the aquarium, the NWHI exhibit features fish and…

Grammatonotus macropthalmus is a beautiful fish from the Abyss

Grammatonotus macropthalmus is a very rare fish which is not a shallow water fish, not a deep water fish but an abyssal reef fish. Like members of Callanthias, Grammatonotus is not an anthias but rather belongs to the family Callanthiidae,…

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…

Researchers try to understand how fields of Leptoseris can grow at 300 feet deep

We absolutely love all corals in the family Agariciidae which includes Leptoseris, Gardinoseris, Pavona, Agaricia and Psammocora. These corals are hardy, colorful, undemanding in terms of light and flow and they have really neat color and pattern which is unique…