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    ‘My favorite ocean animal is a little fish with orange polka-dots and a large yellow head’

    As I browsed LiveAquaria this morning I was surprised to see this rarity still available. Yes, I am talking about that $6,000 three inch fish that only the 1% of the 1%, that are actually fish nerds, could justify splurging on. But so far in Amercia it’s not happening. When I got word from Japan […]

    Two Inches of Orange Margined Beauty

    A handful of special fish have been collected over summer, but this tiny Orange Margined Butterflyfish (Prognathodes basabei) takes the adorable prize. Collected in the deep waters of Hawaii, this little one was destined for Japan upon entering Rufus Kimura’s net. To no surprise it is headed to Koji Wada’s Blue Harbor in Osaka. Over […]

    Chaetodon paucifasciatus, The Red Sea Endemic Reappears

    Chaetodon paucifasciatus is an exciting butterflyfish from the Red Sea that rarely makes it into the aquarium trade. C. paucifasciatus is a member of the “Xanthurus” complex, commonly known as the Pearlscale Butterflyfish complex, all of which are silver with chevron markings and a yellow to orange colored back. The Red Sea species however, differs […]

    Blue Harbor’s 2011 Calendar Brings 12 Months of Eye Candy

    Blue Harbor, a popular fish store and rare fish Mecca in Japan, has just finalized their 2011 Calendar. On a recent visit to the U.S., Koji Wada was kind enough to give me a copy. [I must give a big thank you to LiveAquaria’s Kevin Kohen for shipping it.] Including in the calendar is the […]

    Stunning False Shepardi x Bispinosa Hybrid Angel

    One of the most exciting fish to recently come out of Cebu is the False Shepardi Angelfish. This ‘species’ is actually a cross of the Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loriculus) and the Rusty Angelfish (Centropyge ferrugata). The 50/50 mix creates a hybrid that is nearly indistinguishable from the true Separd’s angel that is found in the waters […]

    Fiery Potters Angel Lacks Black, Blue and Gray

    Centropyge potteri in its normal form is a relatively common, yet beautiful fish. But for fish mongers it has been C. potteri‘s rare and unique color morphs that have provided drool worthy eye-candy over the years. [The most striking being the all Blue Kona Morph.] More recently, we’ve begun to see some Potters that lack most black […]