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Lobster – that single word conjures up salivating visions of glorious luxury food served in sumptuous surroundings. Very elitist! But for the marine aquarium keeper the mental image is more likely to take the form of a living, prickly animal, with long antennae, and lacking the powerful claws tipping massive chelipeds. The tropical lobster species […]

Pipe Fish

The pipefishes are curious and undeniably fascinating creatures. Many of them share the same family as the Seahorse. It is the seahorse, of course, which takes pride of place as a universal favourite, known by just about everybody. But there are many diverse types of pipefish with interesting features which can rival the seahorse. This […]

The ever changing world of Flower Horns

A new and exciting hybrid, the Flower Horn Cichlid, is said to have been first bred in Ipoh, Malaysia, in 1995. This hybrid was evolved from cross-breeding, using several South American cichlids. Cichlasoma synspilum, Herichthys bifasciatus, Herichthys citrinellus, and Herichthys maculicauda are all said to have been used in this process. The Chinese called the […]

Living Rock

“Living Rock”. These two words do not sit comfortably beside each other! “Rock” conjures up visions of something inanimate and static. So how can anything justify the description of being “living rock”? Well, the pairing of the two words create a term which is acceptable to marine reef aquarium keepers, and probably with a more […]


They are usually shown in pictures living and hunting in surroundings of pristine beauty. Colourful coral growths festoon rocky outcrops set in sparkling white coral sand. Sunlight beams down, shimmering through crystal-clear water. A worthy environment for the fantasy forms of many of the better known SCORPION FISH. But, in reality these highly decorative animals […]