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ORA Hector’s Goby is the Latest Conquest of Captive Breeding

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No sooner than we wrap up our coverage of all of ORA’s 2014 captive bred fish and aquacultured frags, the famed fish breeders announce one more entry for the year. Yesterday, they revealed tha they had bred the Hector’s Goby (Koumansetta hectori), a nifty little fish that is as strikingly beautiful as it is peaceful. This tiny fish measures just 2″ long at its maximum size, and it spends a majority of the day hovering hear the rocks while grazing on various types of algae. Thought to be the first time this fish has ever been captive-bred, ORA had some difficulty getting this fish to market, so to speak. This was due in part to the fish’s extremely tiny size, unreliable spawning amongst broodstock individuals, relatively long larval stages, and overall fragile larvae. Thankfully, ORA’s experience with the Priolepis genus translated flawlessly to the Hector’s Goby and they were eventually able to overcome those barriers. MORE: ORA Hector’s Goby is the Latest Conquest of Captive Breeding

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Go Ahead and Buy a (Captive-Bred) Banggai Cardinalfish!

banggai1 Go Ahead and Buy a (Captive Bred) Banggai Cardinalfish!Being fascinating to behold, very hardy and adaptable to aquarium fare, an exceptional choice for reef systems, suitable for modest-sized aquariums, and even easy to breed in captivity, the Banggai, or Kaudern’s, cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) is a lot like Mary Poppins—practically perfect in every way. Physical traits P. kauderni is silver overall with tiny white polka dots and three prominent, vertical black bands, with one passing through the rather prominent eye, another anterior to the pelvic fins, and a third anterior to the caudal peduncle. The first dorsal fin is black with a white trailing edge, and the other fins are black with white dots. The tail is deeply forked. Glimpse its coloration and patterning, and it’s easy to see how this cardinal can readily conceal itself against or among the long spines of the Diadema sp. sea urchins with which it’s known to associate in nature. More: Go Ahead and Buy a (Captive-Bred) Banggai Cardinalfish!

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Holiday Wish Gift List: Navy’s New Ghost Swimmer’s

 Need a holiday gift idea to stand out from the rest? How about the Navy’s Ghost Swimmer? Check out these 100 lb 5ft long blue-fin tuna (but very shark like) drones. They are part of the Navy’s project to fill the waters with drones which look like sea creatures. They are intended to survey the surroundings and take note of tides and weather conditions. Sadly, these are actually not for sale to the public….but you have to admit this would make one cool gift for your shark drone loving friends. MORE

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Gems of the Caribbean : The French Angelfish

french juv 225x300 Gems of the Caribbean : The French AngelfishThe fish species of the Caribbean Sea are often overlooked by marine aquarists. I’ve spent ample time beneath the waters of the Caribbean, and the reefs have a unique feeling and flair, un-matched by any other tropical sea. Since they don’t contain the sheer number of species as the South Pacific or other oceanic ecosystems, we often miss-out on some real jewels when deciding on a new tenant for a reef or fish only tank. Some aquarists are keeping a Caribbean species right now, and don’t even know it. Reef purists and those creating biotope tanks don’t like to mix Caribbean species with any fish they wouldn’t encounter in nature. Personally, I’ve kept both biotope aquariums and mixed reefs, and never had any problems introducing a few Caribbean species into a tank with fish from all over the world. When you consider the sheer number of oceans worldwide, it’s difficult to ensure that fish within your aquarium have encountered the exact species that you keep, unless you spend your entire focus making detailed stocking decisions.

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Palythoas with Two Mouths

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For most of us who have kept Palythoa, we know they can grow at awesome speeds. Normally, they produce babies at the foot or the base of the animal, but I have occasionally marveled at a rare occurrence of the polyps splitting in two, right through the mouth of the polyp. These polyps will have two mouths for quite some time before splitting into two completely separate polyps. The last one I observed in my tank took about 8 months to completely divide. During that time, growth on the colony as a whole slowed. Could this be a sign of a slower discarded method of reproduction? I’m not really sure, but this process is one that I keep an eye on every time I spot it happening in my tank.

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“Hello, Deep Sea? London Calling” – Meet The New Snail Species: A. Strummeri

AR 141219867 293x300 Hello, Deep Sea? London Calling   Meet The New Snail Species: A. StrummeriThis unbelievably badass little snail Alviniconcha Strummeri rocks a punk rock-esque spiked shell as it goes about its business around hydrothermal vents of the deep sea. These guys have purple blood and thrive in dark, sweltering acidic environments, pretty rock-and-roll if you ask me. So what better name for them than one shared with a punk rock icon? That’s what scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institution thought when they named A. strummeri after lead singer and guitarist of British punk rock band, The Clash, Joe Strummer. MORE

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A Little Visit From a Bandit and a Tinkerii – More Incredible Shots From Keoki Stender

10348438 1003680099659153 6122588336903574238 n A Little Visit From a Bandit and a Tinkerii   More Incredible Shots From Keoki StenderMan, I really love when Keoki Stender photographs aquatic life on a white background, there’s just something so striking about the contrast. You might recall a while back I posted that face-melting Holanthias fuscipinnis photographed in the same manner by Stender with some pretty mind-blowing results. Now, we have these two beauties, a Bandit Angelfish and a Tinkeri Butterfly, caught in perfect detail. MORE

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Snorkel Bob: Friend, foe or lost soul?

seashepherdorg 300x83 Snorkel Bob: Friend, foe or lost soul?Snorkel Bob, it sounds almost like a Saturday morning cartoon character, that introduces our children to ocean wildlife, cracking a few corny jokes along the way. If you’re a marine aquarist, chances are you have heard Snorkel Bob’s name, and quickly he has become the one guy marine aquarists love to hate. Some call his actions a “war on aquariums” while others refer to him like the protagonist of the Harry Potter series, with a name that won’t be spoken. Regardless of your attitude towards Snorkel Bob, he has rallied environmentalists and legislators, starting a conservation movement with one endgame, a complete ban on any and all trade, collection, sale of marine wildlife. With the support of multi-national conservation group Sea Shepherd, and a growing number of independent followers, Snorkel Bob’s personal movement has gained traction. Who is Snorkel Bob, why does he hate the aquarium trade and within all the mud that gets tossed around, is there any silver lining?  MORE

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