Poached Takeuchi angelfish on video still suffering from decompression issues

The Takeuchi angelfish is a species of Genicanthus that can only be found in waters of the Ogasawara Islands. The Ogasawaras are protected in that you can fish and you can collect fish but neither of which are allowed with…

Xanthichthys sp. “dorsopunctatus”: the Christmas Island triggerfish is a new species, not a hybrid

Xanthichthys sp. “dorsopunctatus” is an unusual triggerfish species which we have been researching for the better part of a year and half since we first encountered a specimen at a House of Fins in Greenwich CT. Last week Quality Marine…

Rainfordia opercularis, the flat head perch is one of the rarest and least known of the basslets

Rainfordia opercularis is a fish so rare that aside from the stud in these pictures, we literally have only been able to track down just one other confirmed specimen that has come to the U.S. Closely related to fish of…

Bandit Angelfish, video of a perky juvenile

Juvenile Bandit Angelfish, Apolemichthys arcuatus, are very striking fish for their bold black on white stripes patterning. This well adjusted juvenile aquarium specimen is brimming with personality as he swims confidently around in his 10 gallon QT/conditioning aquarium. This is…

Masked Angelfish, Genicanthus personatus caught spawning on video for the first time

The masked swallowtail angelfish, Genicanthus personatus is the most highly coveted and expensive angelfish in the aquarium trade that is actually available for purchase, however rarely and expensive it may be. The masked or personatus angelfish is endemic to the…

Clarion angelfish: Hybrid and Adults featured in video

The hybrid Clarion x Passer angelfish which we first told you about last week is now starring in this brief video that was made shortly before the fish was packed up and shipped off to Israel. We’ve also come to…

Plectranthias sagamiensis, Sagami perchlet appears at Blue Harbor

The Sagami perchlet, Plectranthias sagamiensis is another very seldom seen reef basslet which has recently made it’s way to the Japanese rare fish Mecca, Blue Harbor. These two pictures show the same specimen of Sagami perchlet displaying two color phases:…

Candy Basslet: Hi Def video for a Hi Def reef fish

Candy basslet, Liopropoma carmabi, original high definition video. What can we say about another gem of a fish which we filmed in one of the numerous display tank at LiveAquaria? Don’t forget to click on the “HD” button.

Cirrhilabrus earlei, Earle’s fairy wrasse pair relocated to Japanese Vessel

Earle’s fairy wrasse, Cirrhilabrus earlei, is one of the newest and rarest fairy wrasses in the world. This species was only discovered in the depths of Palau in 2001 at over 260 feet, 80 meters deep. The pair of C.…

Update on the seized Clipperton angelfish, Holacanthus limbaughi

A few weeks ago Reef Builders was first to break the news on the seizure of 40 Clipperton Angelfish by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The actual number of fish seized was 52 although a few DOAs have probably…