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
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 orafarm.com 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!
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!
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
We are adding another new goby species to our list this week. This fish has several common names in the hobby including: Pink and Blue Spotted Goby, Singapore Shrimp Goby, Leptocephalus Prawn Goby….ORA chose to stick with the Pink Spotted Watchman Goby as its official title. This interesting little fish prefers loose coral rubble and sandy substrates to construct it’s burrows. They will share their home with members of the opposite sex, or a select few species of sightless crustaceans known as pistol shrimp.
Found naturally in waters around Japan and south to Taiwan, the ORA Whitespotted Pygmy Filefish is an exciting addition to our expansive collection of captive bred animals. Typically hidden in temperate waters surrounded by macroalgaes and sea grass beds, this diminutive filefish only reaches a maximum length of 3 inches. They have the amazing ability to adjust their coloration and patterns depending on their surroundings, from distinctly spotted to solid shades of green.