Transparency in the Larval Stage of Fish


  There are three main methods of camouflage predominate in marine animals: transparency, reflection, and counter-illumination.  Transparency and reflection are most commonly observed above 100 meters in the ocean.  Counter-illumination is the common method of camouflage in 100 to 1000 meter ocean depths.  Beyond 1000 meters camouflage Continue reading

Jellyfish Art Aquarium, it’s Easy to Setup


In this post, we will continue our series on the new Jellyfish Art 2 gallon nano cylinder aquarium. Now that we have unboxed the unit, we have begun the process of setting up the aquarium. Yesterday we ordered our Jellyfish Continue reading

A look at Amblygobius, Another Sand Sifting Goby Genus


  The Goby genus, Amblygobius is comprised of 14 species….. Amblygobius inhabit the range of the Indo-Pacific.  Like many sleeper gobies, individuals in the genus spend much of their time hovering suspended in the water column over a sandy bottom where Continue reading

a Look at Gobie Genus, Istigobius

Istigobius hoshinonis

In our last article, A Closer Look At Sleeper Gobies, Genus Valenciennea, we covered the diet, care and behavior of the 15 recognized species of Valenciennea gobies.  Today we look at another genus of sand sifting gobies known as, Istigobious.  Istigobius is Continue reading

Featured Coral of the Week 12/14/2015 – Combo Joe’s Retina Blaster & Fukushima Acan

Combo Joe's Retina Blaster and Fukushima Acan

  This weeks Featured Coral of the Week comes to us from one of our sponsors, Joe Knows Reefs. As featured above, Combo Joe’s Retina Blaster and Fukushima Acan give a visually appealing display involving every color of the rainbow. Continue reading

A Closer Look At Sleeper Gobies, Genus Valenciennea

Valenciennea bella

Valenciennea is a genus of small, bottom-dwelling fish from the family Gobiidae. They can be found sifting sandy bottoms, along the edges of coral reefs and on flats in the Indo-Pacific. Behavior Valenciennea will perch directly on the substrate for Continue reading

A Look at Sea Anemone Reproduction


Anemones can reproduce either asexually or sexually.  Each method of reproduction has distinct advantages and disadvantages.  With asexual reproduction, the offspring are genetically identical to the original parent.  Asexual reproduction allows for larger numbers of individual offspring to be produced Continue reading

Radial Filefish (Acreichthys radiatus)

Radial Filefish (Acreichthys radiatus)

  The ORA Radial Filefish or Radial Leatherjacket is an exceptional example of adaptation, camouflage and perhaps symbiosis all wrapped up in one nice little package. Radial Filefish make their home amongst the pulsing xenia in the wild and as Continue reading