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    MACNA XXI : LiveAquaria’s Display, a Rare Fish Dream

    In typical fashion, Kevin Kohen and the LiveAquaria.com crew bought an impressive line up of fish and corals to their MACNA displays. Back from Atlanta (MACNA 2008) was the three tiered zero edge system featuring a plethora of captive of corals and some striking fish such as a harem of 1.5″ Multicolor Angelfish (Centropyge multicolor), [...]

    LA Helfrich

    In typical fashion, Kevin Kohen and the LiveAquaria.com crew bought an impressive line up of fish and corals to their MACNA displays. Back from Atlanta (MACNA 2008) was the three tiered zero edge system featuring a plethora of captive of corals and some striking fish such as a harem of 1.5″ Multicolor Angelfish (Centropyge multicolor), a 2.5″ Declivis Butterflyfish (Chaetodon declivis) and a unique aberrant 1.5″ Goldflake Angelfish (Apolemichthys xanthopunctatus).

    LA Chaetodon declivis

    Both of these juvenile fish were not for sale and headed back the LA headquarters in Rhinelander, WI.

    LA Aberrant Goldflake

    Next to the three tiered Zero Edge was an equally impressive cube tank packed full of stunning Scolymia australis, Chalices and some striking fish. A trio of Helfrich’s Firefish (Nemateleotris helfrichi) were out and about allowing some great photo opportunities of these pastel colored darters. I was particularly happy capturing one of the fish while “yawning”.

    However, these fish were an afterthought compared to the Liopropoma carmabi, Liopropoma mowbrayi and the fish of the event–a captive raised Amphiprion mccullochi.

    LA Cave Basslet

    LA Amphiprion mcullochi

    This fish got plenty of attention and received even more at the event after Kevin Kohen’s workshop where he detailed his success in breading this extremely rare clownfish. As juveniles this species does show all three bars, but as it matures they will will fade starting with the tail and moving to the middle bar.

    LA Amphiprion Mccullochi 1

    Kevin noted that this species does best with an anemone and prefers the comfort of a host. As shown above, the juvenile A. muccolluchi was never far away from his surrogate brain coral. He would only venture away momentarily in pursuit of food.

    For fish enthusiasts LiveAquaria’s display was a MACNA must see.

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    • http://www.nanoreefblog.com Curvball

      We need more photos!

    • george

      great pic of the helfrichi and the little mc clown is awsome.

    • george

      facepalm… im real “awesome”