Pink Spotted Watchman Gobies

Pink Spotted Watchman Goby

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 […]

Whitespotted Pygmy Filefish (Rudarius ercodes)

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

Experimenting with Priolepis unlocks the mysteries of the genus

Developing new species of aquacultured marine life comes with welcomed challenges to ORA.  We work tirelessly to maintain commercial scale production on hundreds of varieties of aquacultured animals while researching and raising a steady stream of new species.  Unfortunately, not every new species we raise is a good candidate for commercial ornamental aquaculture. Sometimes we […]

New! Spotnape Cardinals (Apogon notatus)

Spotnape

Unless you find yourself diving off the coast of Japan regularly, chances are you have never heard of the Spotnape cardinalfish (Apogon notatus). Rarer still would be the opportunity to look at an aquarium full of captive bred, juvenile Spotnape cardinals. Not much of a show stopper when compared to its striking cousins, this rare […]

The Masked Goby (Coryphopterus personatus): Raising finicky larvae of an otherwise hardy species.

Masked Goby

Taking on projects with the goal of raising new species of ornamental marine fish is a vital component of the daily operations at ORA.  Recently we have focused our efforts on the Masked Goby, a species with a reputation for being hardy, peaceful, showy and a great choice for today’s popular nano tanks.  The Masked Goby […]

April Fool’s! The Real Story Behind Those Awesome Cookies

Cookie long plate

In February of 2013, Jason Langer outed himself to the world as having mastered the art of baking aquatic animal cookies. Using a combination of skills involving color theory, metal works and generations of kitchen recipes, Jason literally baked himself into notoriety. No marine fish was off limits: exact copies of Peppermint Angels, Harlequin Tusks […]