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    Prognathodes guyanensis Collected in FL, Shown Off at House of Fins

    Rare fish nuts and Chaetodon fans will be happy to hear that Prognathodes guyanensis has recently been collected along with a handful of Bank’s Butterflyfish (Prognathodes aya). These deepwater Caribbean / Atlantic species typically get sent to Japan where they retail for $500 to over $1,500 USD. This time they are staying in the US […]

    Prognathodes guyanensis

    Rare fish nuts and Chaetodon fans will be happy to hear that Prognathodes guyanensis has recently been collected along with a handful of Bank’s Butterflyfish (Prognathodes aya). These deepwater Caribbean / Atlantic species typically get sent to Japan where they retail for $500 to over $1,500 USD. This time they are staying in the US and have already shipped to a few LFS, including East Coast stalwart House of Fins.

    On a recent collection trip two P. guyanensis were collected along with five P. aya at 185ft in the waters of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  This is within the normal depth range for the Bank’s, but extremely shallow for P. guyanensis which is often found at depths of >400ft. It is worth noting that at these greater depths suspected P. aya x P. guyanensis hybrids have been observed.

    The two Guyanensis that were collected are full adults (4″) and extremely thick for a Prognathodes species. Given their close proximity to one another and their physical maturation, we believe the P. guyanensis were a male / female pair. Unfortunately, the fish were split up.

    Earlier this week the same group of divers collected a handful of 1″ and 1.5″ Bank’s at 220ft. Even more shocking than the actual fish is how they were collected. The diver’s didn’t use  trimix or rebreathers–just air.

    Prognathodes aya

    1″ – 3″ Prognathodes aya at Blue Harbor. The end result of a Curacao dive by Forest Young’s Dynasty Marine crew.

    If you’re on the East Coast, you’ll want to swing by House of Fins to see these Prognathodes is person. Their arrival coincides with Rob Bray’s annual sale; the 52nd for the Greenwich, CT based store. Last weekend I had the chance to catch up with Rob and heard about the event–it sounds like one of their best and that’s not an easy accomplishment– last year they had large group of Privitera Anthias and the year prior, a shoal of Gem Tangs.

    This year some truly unique fish and coral will be on display–including a one of a kind 3″ Juvenile Clarion X Passer Hybrid Angelfish–additionally Rob has brought in a great line up of speakers including marine pros Scott Michael, Bob Fenner, and Scott Fellman. As the largest retailer of ADA products in the U.S., Rob and the House of Fins also brought in aquatic gardner Karen Randal to speak at the event. See the full event details below:


    Greenwich’s original aquarium retailer and service company will be celebrating its 52nd Anniversary on Saturday, October 10th from 10am to 7pm and Sunday, October 11th from 12pm to 5pm. Everyone is invited to join the staff at its retail and showroom locations at 99 & 209 Bruce Park Ave. There will be huge discounts, refreshments, hourly prizes, T-shirt giveaways and the chance to meet everyone’s favorite clown fish! Returning to this year’s event are world renowned aquarium speakers Bob Fenner and Scott Fellman and joining them this year are Scott Michael and Karen Randall. In addition to the huge discounts and festivities, House of Fins is thrilled to host free seminars by these four highly recognized speakers in the aquarium industry.

    House of Fins, owned by Robert Bray a lifetime Greenwich resident, provides the Tri-State area with the highest quality aquariums, products and services in the industry. This local business specializes in every aspect of your aquarium from custom aquarium design, installation and maintenance. House of Fins is known for carrying the most exotic and varied livestock from around the world and the highest quality products for your home or business aquarium. Below are the speakers’ bios and the dates they will be speaking.

    Bob Fenner – Saturday, October 10th @ 11:00AM
    and Sunday, October 11th @ 1:00PM

    Robert (Bob) Fenner has “lived” the science, hobby and business of aquatics in the Philippines, Japan and United States. He has experienced all levels including collection, wholesale, jobber, retail, design, construction and maintenance at all levels; manager, owner, hatchery worker, retail clerk, technician. Published works include The Conscientious Marine Aquarist and Fish Watchers Guide to Saltwater Aquarium: Fishes of the World as well as several studies on aquatic biological and chemical questions, and an extensive publishing and photographic background in the industry and hobby of aquatics. Bob has taught Aquariology courses at the State University, University of California levels. Bob has been an avid aquatic hobbyist since day one and is active in hobbyist and scientific organizations. He has served on numerous Boards, judged shows and given many programs. Bob helped form and run (President) the employee-owned corporation, Nature Etc., Inc. in San Diego, started in 1973; a turn-key operation in the field of ornamental aquatics, designing and building ponds, lakes, fountains and waterfalls (Aquatic Environments), designing, installing custom aquarium systems and maintenance (Aquatic Life Services), and operating retail outlets (Wet Pets). Bob currently spends time consulting, content provision to the trade, sciences and hobby of aquaristics. Saturday’s talk will be on Livestock Selection and Sunday’s talk will be on Ozone in the Aquarium.

    Scott Fellman – Sunday, October 11th @ 4:00PM

    Scott Fellman is the consummate reef geek! He bleeds saltwater! Much of his life centers around tweaking his protein skimmer, scraping algae, cleaning spills, or figuring out how to unglue his fingers. He has been keeping saltwater aquariums since he was 12 years old. Scott has mentored fellow hobbyists since 2002 on Bob Fenner’s WetWebMedia.com site, and was Co-Editor of WWM’s Conscientious Aquarist online magazine. He has written several articles for Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Magazine, “C” Journal, and other online venues. In addition to speaking at clubs throughout the country, Scott is past President of the Marine Aquarium Society of Los Angeles County. Scott spoke at MACNA XIX and MACNA XX, IMAC 2008 and have spoken at many clubs throughout the nation. Scott is completing a book on marine biotope aquaria and aquascaping. His talk on Sunday will cover Aquascaping for the Aesthetically Challenged.

    Scott Michael – Saturday, October 10th @ 1:00PM

    Scott W. Michael is an internationally recognized author, underwater photographer and marine biology researcher specializing in coral reef fishes and their environments. Scott Michael writes frequently for Aquarium Fish Magazine, Coral/Koralle Magazine and is a partner in the dive-oriented Coral Realm website. He is the author of numerous salt water guides that we currently use today which includes; 101 Best Nano-Reef Species, A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes, A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes, Aquarium Sharks and Rays, Reef Fishes Volume 1-8, The 101 Best Marine Invertebrates, and the 101 Best Saltwater Fishes. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife and dive partner Janine Cairns-Michael, herself an accomplished underwater photographer. In their spare time, Scott and Janine photograph grizzly bears on the Katmai Peninsula of Alaska and lead small groups of photographers on trips to that area. His talk on Saturday will be on My Favorite Fish.

    Karen Randall – Saturday, October 10th @ 3:00PM
    and Sunday, October 11th @ 2:30PM

    Karen Randall is an experienced aquarist, with a concentration on aquatic plants and aquascaping. Her articles and photography have been published in six languages in nine countries. For many years she authored the monthly column, “Sunken Gardens” in Aquarium Fish Magazine. She is an international speaker on aquarium subjects. Karen serves on the board of the Aquatic Gardeners Association. She is Technical Editor of The Aquatic Gardener magazine. She has served as a judge for both the AGA International Aquascaping Contest and the Aqua Design Amano International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest since their inception. She has also served as a consultant on several major projects at public aquaria. She has traveled to Brazil several times to study aqautic plants and biotopes in the wild and to assist with Project Piaba, a conservation program in the Brazilian Amazon, centered on the aquarium fish trade. On Saturday her talk will be on The Planted Aquarium and on Sunday she will be doing an Aquascaping Workshop.

    House of Fins
    99 Bruce Park Avenue
    Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
    October 10th, 10am-7pm
    & October 11, 12pm-5pm


    1. Mike Clifford
      October 9, 2009 at 11:52 AM | Permalink

      This sounds awesome. Glad you introduced me to Rob as he seems like a great guy who is a true professional and runs his business the right away, and this hobby needs more like him.

    2. Nicholas Sadaka
      October 9, 2009 at 8:32 PM | Permalink

      I love Bob and the guys at WWM. I’ve become friends with Neale over there and they are just an awesome source of information for anyone looking. There’s so much content that you could spend days and days straight just reading. One of these days I’d love to see Bob speak somewhere.

    3. October 11, 2009 at 2:54 PM | Permalink

      “Even more shocking than the actual fish is how they were collected. The diver’s didn’t use trimix or rebreathers–just air.”

      Do you have any links with more information on that? Why would someone do that?

    4. October 11, 2009 at 6:51 PM | Permalink

      I don’t think you’ll find much on this topic, as it would be strongly discouraged. Only the divers themselves can answer the question why, all I can say is these are very experienced divers and they know what they are doing… and getting themselves into.

    5. Peter
      March 28, 2010 at 1:44 AM | Permalink

      Seroiusly House of Fins is a rip off & Pet Pantry & Exotic Aquatics out of Greenwich & Derby CT uses the same manufacturers HOF does and do the same if not better work at almost half the price with more incentives. I went into House of Fins and yes I'm sure because of his location and overhead he has to make up for prices but they are really rediculous. Location is not everything.

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