This was the first article written that described the successful culture of large numbers (relatively speaking) of marine tropical fish. I wrote the article in January/February of 1973 after working with about 10 spawns of Amphiprion ocellaris. It was also my first article in the popular marine aquarist magazines of the time. The article, including editor's comments, is just as it was first printed (with a few spelling corrections).
Members of the Saddleback Complex are among the most challenging species of clownfish to maintain in captivity. A rather high level of care must be reached to ensure (if it can be ensured) the health and wellbeing of these sensitive animals. Generally, attempts to keep these fishes should be undertaken by advanced aquarists (especially so if host anemones are to be kept as well). Properly cared for, the wide-band clownfish, the saddleback clownfish, and the sebae clownfish alike will undoubtedly enhance the beauty and distinctiveness of any marine aquarium display.
The Tomato Complex arguably claims some of the most durable marine aquarium fish species, being capable of withstanding suboptimal water quality, inadequate nutrition, and careless handling (that being said, it is certainly not advisable to subject them to poor living conditions). Due to their powerful bodies and belligerent temperament, they are well suited for a community of larger, more aggressive species. As such, members of this complex are undoubtedly the best choice of clownfish for hobbyists (novice and advanced alike) that have a fondness for outstandingly bold, cantankerous fishes.
Martin takes Advanced Aquarist's readers back to the way things were at the dawn of marine fish culture and discusses the breeding of the Atlantic Neon Goby.
For years we were instructed to keep these fish in larger spaces for success, but I firmly believe in pushing the boundaries a little to see what we get. These fish spawned in a 25-gallon system repeatedly, and yes some Cirrhilabrus wrasses will require larger spaces because of their size but it can be done!
If you’re thinking of starting up a seahorse tank, then this episode is for you. Join AmericanReef as we interview a unique and successful hobbyist who has been keeping these amazing sea creatures for close to half of his life.
While the clownfish of the Skunk Complex share many characteristics, each species is uniquely interesting and attractive. Thus, it is worthwhile to develop a basic understanding of how members of this oftentimes overlooked complex are distinguished from one another.
Notwithstanding their many similarities, each species in the Clarkii Complex is uniquely interesting and attractive. Equipped with an awareness of the characteristics that distinguish members of the complex from one another, keeping these fishes may perhaps be even more rewarding.
Whether you're contemplating an upgrade or perhaps setting up a second tank, you might have at some point considered a garden eel dominated display. This article will arm you with some detailed information which you can try to implement in your own setup.
The Coral Beauty deserves its reputation as one of the best and easiest to keep Dwarf Angels, it is so often seen as THE Dwarf Angel of choice, passed over perhaps only by the slightly more expensive Flame Angel.
Craig shares his 335 gallon reef system with us this month. His 247 gallon peninsula-style main display - with elegantly minimalistic aquascaping - and frag tank are home to an impressive assortment of vibrant corals and fishes
To our knowledge, this is the first report of P. lutea's daytime spawning as early as July in Hawaiian waters. The take home message is clear - not all corals spawn at night or do our observations of P. lutea's spawning behaviors correspond to any particular lunar phase. In fact, our observations suggest spawnings are random during periods of warmer water.
There are lots of damsels and chromises all of which I've had some personal experience with as a hobbyist and when operating an aquarium maintenance business in the past. Just enough to give you a good idea of the variability found between the species, and what may or may not be a good choice for your aquarium.
Terry discusses his favorite fish, the Achilles Tang, in this month's Editorial.
Terry updates our readers on his 500 gallon freshwater discus aquarium.
American Reef invites you to take advantage of over 30 years of discus fish-breeding experience, as we once again visit Brian Taimuty at Wet Pets and Friends in McMurray, PA.
In this episode, expert fishbreeder Brian Taimuty gives Advanced Aquarists' viewers invaluable information on successfully keeping Discus fish.
After all, many (but certainly not all) are quite hardy and easy to care for, and many are attractive and/or have interesting behaviors. This is especially so when it comes to some of my personal favorites, the shrimp gobies.
Owing to its distinctive shape, coloration, and behavior, the lookdown has the potential to become a popular aquarium fish. This unusual animal can be a fitting addition to many pelagic or sand flat exhibits.
Aquarium Fish: Use of MS-222 (Tricaine Methanesulfonate) to Induce Sedation and Anesthesia in Ornamental Fishes
MS-222 continues to be a valuable tool for aquatic animal keepers. Its low cost and wide availability, as well as its relatively high degree of safety and reliability, make it an attractive choice of anesthetic agent for numerous types of applications.