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Destination Reefs: Curacao and Bonaire

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 22, 2012 07:00 AM
We've spent the last few Sundays in the Pacific. It's time again to show the Caribbean some love. A lot of rare and super expensive deep water fish from Curacao are now being collected for the first time ever, so let's take a visit to this Caribbean reef and its neighbor, Bonaire.

Liopropoma aberrans, Jeboehlkia gladifer, and Lipogramma robinsi.  Starting 2011, these ultra-deep-water (500+ft/150+m) and ultra-expensive ($8,000+!) fish from Curacao entered the aquarium trade for the first time.  Curacao and its close neighbor Bonaire are located just north of Venezuela.  As is the case with most Caribbean reefs, the coral coverage is not as spectacular as their Indo and South Pacific counterparts (Cordelia Banks being a notable exception).  However, these reefs are still amazing in their own right.

Let's start with Bonaire.  Do you recognize the fish in the video's opening shot?  It's the French Angel (Pomacanthus paru), the inspiration for Advanced Aquarist's logo.  I enjoyed the eerie-blue atmosphere of this video by Yuki Kokubo.

And now on to Curacao.  There is some amazing night-time footage 5 minutes into the video.  Fish, corals, anemones, crustaceans, sponges, eels, seahorse, octopus ... it's all here.  Video by 'Have Blue'.

The Destination Reefs video series showcases the diversity of coral reefs around the world.  Through these high quality videos, Advanced Aquarist hopes we can all gain a greater appreciation of reef life beyond our glass boxes.  Our world is truly a wondrous place!

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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