Scooter Dragonets

Scooter Dragonet

Scooter Dragonets, or Scooter Blennies as they are often called, have always been one of our favorite fish.  Way back in 2010 when we were intensively raising Mandarins we tried our hand with Scooters countless times with little luck.  We were only able to raise roughly 1 Scooter for every 5000 mandarins!  We were frustrated to find that we were missing a suitable prey item for their first feeding.

Juvenile Red Scooters
Juvenile Red Scooters

We learned something important from the few Scooters that we managed to raise though: they grew quite fast once the larvae settled to the bottom of the tank.  With Mandarins, under our culture conditions, you will have a few fish that shoot up to 1.25” in around 8 months but the majority of the batch will take up to 14 months to reach that size and 18 months or more to reach 1.5”. Much to the chagrin of hobbyists, this timeframe is the reason we are not actively culturing Mandarins today; their slow growth makes them too costly to raise.  Scooters on the other hand start spawning at less than 1″ in length and reach 1.5” in just 4 to 6 months!

A few years ago we made significant improvements to our Live Feeds program allowing us to increase the variety, quantity and quality of the food we were raising for our larvae.  Our most important addition was a consistent supply of a variety of copepod species. These new copepods were just the thing we had been missing for our beloved Scooters.

Once we began setting up spawns from regular and red Scooters with our new supply of copepods we started observing excellent survival and high settlement rates.  It was encouraging to see the juveniles accept a pelleted diet at a very young age.

With their rapid growth and eager acceptance of a prepared food diet, Scooter Dragonets are proving to be very receptive to our aquaculture conditions and will thrive in a wide array of hobbyist home aquariums.

We are excited to announce that retailers have access to the first batch of Scooter Dragonets now.  The Red Scooter Dragonet will be available soon.

To learn more about species of Dragonets we’ve raised, check out their livestock page here:

New! ORA Radial Filefish

Radial Filefish

Several years ago, two Radial Filefish were collected from a coral reef around Cebu in the Philippines. Shortly after, they were flown 7,340 miles across the entire Pacific Ocean to a marine wholesale facility in Los Angeles, California. Following a brief stay, these small fish were bagged, boxed and flown another 1,727 miles to Rhinelander, Wisconsin where they finally settled into the established 28 gallon reef aquarium of LiveAquaria’s own Kevin Kohen. They thrived there, eating three to four times a day, surrounded by a variety of Goniopora, Clavularia, Zoanthids and Mushrooms. Continue reading

Karen Talbot Artwork

Karen Talbot for ORA

ORA is proud to present the first in a series of ORA designer fish artistically captured by the talented Karen Talbot. Her scientific illustrations using water color and pencil have been a visible presence in the aquarium hobby for years. With her distinct, naturalist style and attention to detail, Karen gives our aquacultured fish life outside the aquarium. Starting with one of our most striking designer clownfish varieties, the ORA Black Ice, we are eager to share this collaboration of science and art direct to aquarists and art lovers everywhere.

Visit the brand new website shop to browse through our new catalog of ORA gear and find the perfect expression of your support for ORA. High quality, matted prints and posters will be available for art collectors, fish fans and ORA enthusiasts of all kinds. For ORA on the go, you can wear a selection of colorful, ultra-comfortable T shirts for men, women and kids. Use #ORAgear anytime you see our exclusive merchandise line out in the wild and post it to your favorite social media site!

Only prints, posters and clothing are available direct from ORA. For our 100% aquacultured marine animals, please see your local fish store and ask for ORA!


Explore the all new ORA Website


Welcome to the redesigned ORA! After refreshing our logo, we have been busy planning and constructing an all-new site to showcase our comprehensive selection of 100% aquacultured marine animals. In addition to the updated, intuitive design and expanded portfolio of ORA livestock, anyone can now purchase exclusive ORA merchandise direct from our website. ORA cultured fish and corals will continue to only be available through our vast network of ORA Retail Partners.

Browse through our renovated, easy-to-navigate catalog of aquacultured fish, corals and inverts to learn more about ORA captive bred marine animals available from your favorite fish store.

The all new Shop tab allows visitors to go to our online store with the newest offering of high quality ORA gear, including branded clothing, artwork and more! Be sure to check out the spectaular artwork by renowned artist Karen Talbot.  Show off your love of marine aquaculture with an exciting range of exclusive ORA goods easily purchased through your computer or smart phone!

Hobbyists will now be able to sign up to receive email alerts on our newest livestock releases, tailored to your interests in fish, corals or everything ORA!

ORA Bundoon Blenny

ORA Bundoon Blenny

The newest addition to the ORA Meiacanthus family is the Bundoon Blenny. We have always loved this fish but finding high quality wild fish to start our breeding program proved to be difficult.  While they are common in their native range, they are rarely exported from Tonga.

A few years ago Dr. Bruce Carlson, former Director of the Waikiki Aquarium and Chief Science Officer of the Georgia Aquarium, visited Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and the ORA facilities.  During a dinner Bruce shared with us the amazing tale of how the Bundoon Blenny was discovered.  We had no idea that this colorful little fish with a funny name was part of such an amazing adventure story. Continue reading

ORA Kamohara Blenny


There are an untold number of marine fish that go unappreciated for their beauty and behavior due to the challenging nature of their collection or the remoteness of their habitat. With a keen eye for such fish, ORA has sought out such animals and worked to bring them to a broader audience. Our newest release, the Kamohara Fang Blenny is an exquisite example of just that fish. This elongated black and white blenny is endemic to the shallow waters off the subtropical, southern coasts of Japan. The Kamohara blenny is common in Japan but almost incomprehensibly rare in the international aquarium hobby, we believe that the majority of wild specimens in the United States are members of the ORA Broodstock Program. But not anymore.

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2014 Year In Review

ORA 2014 Year In Review

As the curtains fall on 2014, ORA looks back on our most productive year to date. While other ornamental aquaculture facilities spent the year figuring out how to put more stripes on a clownfish, ORA has been focused on the development of new species; aggressively pushing the boundaries of marine aquaculture. While clownfish remain the cornerstone of our operation, the aquarium hobby deserves and requires more than just designer clowns.

This year we have added over 16 new items to our lineup. Including 13 new fish, eight of which are industry firsts. We even completed our second entire genus. Not all of these new fish are colorful, not all of them are particularly remarkable by hobbyist standards, but each of them have been important stepping stones. Each new species provides us with insights that help us overcome the challenges we face as we work with new and more difficult species. We even learn new things that improve our ability to raise the species we currently work with. Continue reading

ORA Hector’s Goby

ORA Hector's Goby

We are pleased to announce our recent success with the popular Hector’s Goby (Koumansetta hectori).  This attractive little fish measures only 2” at maturity and spends its time hovering over rocks and substrates out in the open water column. Known for their bold yellow stripes, peaceful disposition and diet of filamentous algae, the diminutive Hector’s Goby is a nano reef favorite.  Many aquarists know this fish as Ambylgobius hectori but accepted name is actually Koumansetta hectori.  C-Quest in Puerto Rico is reported to have raised the closely related Rainford’s Goby in the late 1990’s but we believe that this was the first time the Hector’s Goby has been raised.

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