Old Woman X Koran Angelfish Hybrid Found in South Africa

The Old Woman Angelfish, Pomacanthus rhomboides is clearly the odd duck in the entire family of angelfish species. Its curious behavior with divers somewhat makes up for its drab coloration but it’s well behind the Cortez Angelfish on the attractiveness scale.…

South African Harlequin Goldies, Pseudanthias connelli available for the first time

The Harlequin Goldie, Pseudanthias connelli is an iconic member of the underwater marine aquarium community in its native range of South Africa. A member of the widely distributed Pseudanthias genus, the males of this species sport a dramatically different color and pattern which…

South African Allardi Clownfish make for gorgeous adults

So many clownfish look so similar as juveniles, when you see them in stores in absence of mature examples it’s sometimes hard to know why you are paying more for an Allardi or Blue Stripe clownfish than say, that regular…

The most beautiful goldflake angelfish spotted in South Africa

For a fish that lives in the Central Pacific Ocean, we never thought we’d see the finest example of a goldflake angelfish in South Africa of all places. But sure enough, while in Johannesburg we dipped into one of the…

Face-to-face with the hyper rare tiger angelfish in nature and the aquarium

Any of the rare fish fanciers out there who’ve kept up with some of my writings know that I have a sort of infatuation with South Africa’s endemic tiger angelfish, Apolemichthys kingi. So, when I got the invitation to come to…

Blue Pipe is the norm for South African aquariums

This might be of lesser concern to those of you that don’t install more than one tank every five years, but for the rest of us, where’s our colored pipe? Europe’s got the red pipe, we’re stuck with white or…

Favorite new hogfish: South Africa’s rarely seen Bodianus trilineatus

The fourline hogfish, Bodianus trilineatus, is one of the totally under represented species of wrasses that although pictured in books, is virtually unknown. But the thing about “book fish” is, once you see a nice one in person the experience sticks…

Building South Africa’s first Gyre Tank Aquarium

South Africa’s marine aquarium community, Marine Aquarium SA, recently held its annual Aquarium Expo where I was honored to be the international Guest Speaker. While in Johannesburg, and kicking it with the crew at Nemo’s Janitor, it came up that…

South Africa 2013 Aquarium Expo: Reef Builders will be there

Marine Aquariums South Africa and Tropical Aquariums SA are jointly putting together the largest aquarium conference of the year, the South Africa 2013 Aquarium Expo. Being a fully fledged aquarium conference the 2013 Expo will feature a wide range of…

Tiny Kingi angelfish is the lagoon collection of a lifetime

We’ve been closely following the saga of a very special fish that was recently collected by its owner in South Africa. While on holiday Pieter Uys and his family were vacationing around the Kei River, he managed to squeeze in…