Illumagic’s wired light controller will dim Vitamini and piXel LED

Taiwanese lighting brand Illumagic is to launch an inline LED light controller capable of adding dimmer and timer functions to the previously uncontrollable Vitamini light bar and new piXel LED puck. Light bars are gaining massively in popularity as reefers…

Monocentris chrysadamas is a new species of Pineapple Fish from Taiwan

A new, fourth species of Pineapple fish has been described from specimens collected in Taiwan. Named Monocentris chrysadamas, or the Golden Diamond Pineapple Fish, it lives sympatrically with the very similar Monocentris japonicus, but was found to be a new…

New deepwater butterflyfish extends its range to North East Taiwan

A recently described butterflyfish has been reported for the first time from northeast Taiwan. Roa haraguchiae was described in 2020, but the only member of its genus represented in Taiwan until now has been Roa modesta. Most of the eight…

Erythropodium taoyuanensis, a New Soft Coral Discovered in Taiwan

Erythropodium taoyuanensis is a new species of encrusting octocoral that was discovered from algal bed of Taiwan in the west Pacific Ocean. The newly described octocoral from Taiwan is not much a looker as far as corals go being what…

Corals to be grown on wind turbines in Taiwan

A Danish energy company plans to grow corals on the bases of offshore wind turbines. Dubbed ReCoral, the ambitious project plans to settle larvae and then grow them on the turbines 60km offshore, where the waters are less affected by…

Plectranthias purpuralepis is Taiwan’s Newest Basslets Species

Plectranthias purpuralepis is a brand new species of deepwater basslet coming from the North end of Taiwan in the Three Northern Islands area. It’s not surprising that this new Plectranthias is found in deep water like so many of its…

Coral Smuggler Busted in the Philippines with over 250 Chalice Corals & Shrooms

Chalice corals can be some of the most valuable strains of aquarium corals, and the Philippines has tons of murky reefs where chalice corals thrive. However, the Philippines doesn’t allow any coral exports which has led some criminals to smuggle corals…

There’s a Very Original Aquascape at VP Corals in Taipei, Taiwan

If there’s one reason to travel the world in search of visiting reef tanks in different country it’s to get out of our comfort zone and see what the reef world is like outside the digital echo chamber. While in…

The Gorgeous Taiwanese Reef of Jimmy Huang [Video]

Traveling the world to visit aquariums stores and reef tanks is very exciting and I never know what I will get to see. This inspiring reef tank by Jimmy Huang on the outskirts of Taipei, Taiwan is the first I…

Rainbow Chalice Motherlode Part 2

There’s nothing that can get a coral collector’s heart racing like seeing one beautiful colony of rainbow chalice coral. So you can imagine my sincere shock when I discovered another ‘secret stash’ of rainbow colored Echinophyllia after visiting VP Corals in…