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ORA Poster Pack

Brand new #ORAgear available this week at the ORA Online Store!

Discover our extensive collection of ORA Designer Clownfish on their very own poster! Find your next clownfish from our wide range of patterns, colors and species. Or show off our most popular aquaculture achievements with the ORA Marine Fish poster. From the charming Neon Cleaner Goby to the dazzling Marine Betta, show your support for marine aquaculture!

Can’t decide which poster is right for you? Purchase the ORA Poster Pack and enjoy all five of our posters at one very low price.

Visit our shop for more details and tag your purchase on social media with #ORAgear!

ORA Gladiators Now Available

Premium Gladiator

Bill Addison, legendary founder of the C-Quest farm in Puerto Rico, coined the term Gladiator when describing a variety of clownfish he discovered in his hatchery. We imagine that Bill must have encountered uniquely patterned specimens in a batch of Amphiprion ocellaris that displayed head patterns reminiscent of a helmet. As luck would have it, Gladiator genetics were inheritable and Bill created a bloodline of this variety. It seems that not all Gladiator specimens exhibit the warrior helmet pattern; most only possess bars that are noticeably wider than their Gladiator-gene-lacking brethren. Other Gladiators exhibit swirls, connecting bars, or white patterns not found on wild-type specimens.

We purchased broodstock from C-Quest throughout the years but never any of their Gladiator clownfish. Although it is possible that we have wild-type ocellaris with C-Quest genetics, we think the mutation showed up randomly in our hatcheries. We first stumbled across the Gladiator mutation in a single Ocellaris from our own production around 10 years ago. Since then, we have been refining the shape, color and pattern of the fish through careful selective breeding and introductions of wild-type genetics.

The first fish we found with the Gladiator type pattern at ORA.
The first fish we found with the Gladiator type pattern at ORA.

The Gladiator mutation manifests in a wide array of phenotypes, arguably more unique than the Picasso variety of A. percula, but it works much the same way: if you breed two fish with the phenotype you usually end up with a mixture of wild-type fish, Gladiators and also a percentage of fish that are nearly all white. Within batches of Gladiator clownfish, these all-white fish are called Wyoming Whites, another variety originally named by Bill Addison. We’ve noticed that although the Gladiator genetics behave similarly to Picasso genetics, we aren’t finding the same percentage of designer fish in the Gladiator batches. There are fewer Gladiators per batch than we were expecting which makes them a little tricky to produce in large quantities. There is a way around this though – more broodstock! As additional pairs begin producing spawns for us, we expect to have Gladiators available more regularly.

Gladiators are sold under a variety of industry names including DaVinci and Fancy clownfish. Rather than make up a new name for an existing fish, we thought it was best to honor the original Gladiator name that Bill used.

Our fish are available in Gladiator and Premium Gladiator grades. Check out the product pages to learn more.

New! Laura’s Purple Polyp Acropora

Laura's Purple Polyp

This new coral from ORA has been nearly 5 years in the making, but we decided to ask our fans to help us name it! After a lengthy social media search for the perfect name, we chose the early suggestion from Ian Glish on Instagram of Laura’s Purple Polyp Acropora. We would like to thank everyone who contributed, there were so many great suggestions to pick from. Peacock Acropora was a close runner up and we found Moon Cheese especially entertaining.

Laura’s Purple Polyp is named in honor our Sales Office Manager and most tenured employee. Laura has a great love for the ocean and was a volunteer at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute before being hired as a broodstock technician for the young ORA, 18 years ago. Her compassion and dedication to animals is unrivaled and she has stuck with us through thick and thin. Her soothing voice and friendly advice will soon be absent from the sales office though. In the coming months she is going to transition back to the broodstock department so she can return to her true passion, caring for animals. Join us in thanking Laura for all she’s done for the ORA sales office!

You can read more about our new coral on the product page here. Tell your local fish store to order your frag today!

Build a MIMF Zoanthid Collection

MIMF Zoanthid

ORA has long been asked, “why don’t you raise more zoanthids?” Well, that time has come! These colonial soft corals have become more popular than ever lately, with new elaborate names and more extravagant per polyp prices popping up at every frag swap. Meanwhile, ORA has been working on bringing affordable and attractive zoanthid frags to hobbyists utilizing the endless broodstock varieties available around our tropical Micronesian coral farm, known as MIMF. We have created an assorted collection of vibrant colors and two tone polyps and sustainably grown them on easy to conceal discs. These readily available zoanthid frags are now shipping to local fish stores near you!

Success! Our First Ruby Red Dragonets

Juvenile Ruby Red Dragonet - 34 Days Post Hatch

Behold! The first aquacultured Ruby Red Dragonets from ORA!  We are excited to announce our progress with this strikingly beautiful fish as we work to bring them into commercial production. Did you know that this is a new species that has yet to be named by taxonomists? Since their initial introduction to the aquarium hobby just over three years ago, this bright red fish has been simply known as Synchiropus sp. or the Ruby Red Dragonet. However, they are often misidentified as Red Scooter Dragonets (Synchiropus stellatus) or Moyers Dragonets (Synchiropus moyeri), both completely different species.

As this is only our first batch of true Ruby Red Dragonets, we still have a lot to learn and a long way to go before they will be available for sale.  Here is what we do know:

This species does not spawn as frequently, or produce eggs in the quantities that its Regular and Red Scooter counterparts do.  Additionally, the larvae are smaller and develop slower. In spite of these exciting challenges, we are confident we will be able to get them into commercial production in late 2016 or early 2017.

In the meantime please enjoy our other wonderfully charming Dragonet species. You can read more about them HERE.


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