The Seasoned Salty’s Take on Marine Fishkeeping Success

Last week, we ran a post titled “How Do We Measure Success with Hard-to-Keep Marine Species,” which inspired Paul “Seasoned Salty” Baldassano to share his insights on that question in his own, unique style. Read on for his impressions on…

Intimate spawning of Wetmorella nigropinnata caught on tape

For many reef enthusiasts, watching their inhabitants grow and mature in their mini reefs makes the hobby all the more rewarding and gratifying. Fish are more often than not, the essence of a living reef and is what brings life…

Spawning flower anemone lets its gametes go for the Coral Morphologic camera

If you thought flower anemones are cool, check out the appearance of this spawning flower anemone slowly ejecting a mass of white cloudy sperm into the aquarium water. This Epicystis crucifer was getting its sexual spawning on in the lab of…

Unique video shows the clear difference between clarki and true sebae clownfish

The true sebae clownfish, Amphiprion sebae, is a very unique anemonefish that looks significantly different from the clarki clownfish which often borrows its name. We love true sebae clownfish and we’ve been in love with the perfect specimen on display at the…

RalfP’s mature reef aquarium is a world class coral display

RalfP’s reef aquarium is totally dope on so many levels it’s hard to know where to begin describing it. Huge mature coral colonies are creatively positioned together with large giant clams and plenty of open space in between that it…

Cave basslet spawning caught on video with the help of red night-time LEDs

This short video of spawning cave basslets, Liopropoma mowbrayi, may not rouse the excitement of that many reefers but it bears witness to the use of red LEDs for night time viewing. Black Rock Reef filmed the anticlimactic release of…

ORA Mandarins Foolin’ Around Like Teenagers

[youtube width=”640″ height=”385″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnrQMJV7bg8[/youtube] The pair of ORA Spotted Mandarins (Synchiropus picturatus) I received earlier this year has been caught going through the motions, but as of yet, they have not consummated their relationship.  Typical teenagers…as you can clearly see in…

Spawning Jans’s pipefish caught on video

If you’ve ever wanted to see what spawning pipefish look like, Robertus has just produced this nice clear video of just that. It is somewhat of a little known fact that certain species of dwarf pipefish are excellent residents of…

First documented spawning of Ribbon Eels at the Steinhart Aquarium

Ribbon Eels are fascinating animals for public display but reports of the successful acclimation of these timid and finicky eels are rather uncommon.  There are many ideas about why these fish tend to fare poorly in captivity, including latent effects…

Steinhart Aquarium working to raise Rhinopias scorpionfish from their own fertile spawns

One of the advantages of working at the the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences has is being able to care for, and observe so many different animals that we might not be exposed to anywhere but a…