Really getting to know your fishes

If you ask a bunch of reefers what got them into the hobby in the first place, you’re bound to get a lot of different answers: Many will tell you that it was the sheer beauty, or for the challenge…

Shocker: ORA Spotted Mandarin Gobies selling out

  When ORA dropped the bomb that they would begin selling captive breed Spotted Mandarin Gobies it was a big deal in the industry. These fish which are highly desirable are usually expensive for wild caught specimens and aren’t the…

ORA captive raised Spotted Mandarins go on sale

The first batch of captive bred ORA Spotted Mandarins is being released and should be soon be available for purchase from your favorite Oceans, Reefs and Aquariums (ORA) merchant. Synchiropus picturatus is one of the jewels of the marine aquarium trade…

iPhone 4 background wallpapers of reef fish and coral

The iPhone 4 has been available for just under a week which means that at least a million people out there are looking for some awesome wallpapers to tweak out the latest toy from Apple. Calling the iPhone 4 a…

Red Candy Basslet is an even rarer color of the holy grail Liopropoma

The red candy basslet is the latest mystery surrounding Liopropoma carmabi, a fish which is arguably the most highly sought after reef basslet. Although we have seen several images of reddish colored candy basslets in the past, we usually chalked…

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…

French Butterflyfish, Prognathodes guyanensis available for the first time from LiveAquaria, hybrid coming soon

The French Butterflyfish, Prognathodes guyanensis, is an extremely rare deepwater Caribbean butterflyfish which has very seldomly been collected for the aquarium trade. Most fish books list this species as being widespread in the Caribbean and absent from Florida, but recently,…

House of Fins Anniversary Splash Event pleases lovers of the Rare and Unusual

The House of Fins 52nd Anniversary Splash event was a very special weekend for all those who attended. Not only was there a chance to see a top notch group of speakers, including the ever-affable, highly sought after, yet somewhat…

Neptune grouper and conspicuous angelfish star in SPLASH event in Greenwich CT

Cephalopholis igarashiensis, better known as the Neptune Grouper, is a stunning fish from extremely deep water and we’ve just been floored by this live specimen since it showed up at House of Fins way back in June. Even in that…

Blue Planet Reef Farms specializes in captive reared fish

Blue Planet Reef Farms is a new venture from Vermont which is setting it’s sights on making post-larval fish aquaculture (captive-reared fish) fashionable again. Although post-larval reef fish aquaculture (PLA) is a fairly mature techonology, in the US the process…