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 […]

New – Electric Indigo Dottybacks!

The Indigo Dottyback has proved to be extremely popular since we first created it in 2006.  We always wondered if we could fine tune this designer Dottyback and we feel we have succeeded with something especially unique.  Electric Indigos differ from their predecessors by having a distinct black stripe that run down the length of their […]

New! Red Sea Mimic Blenny (Ecsenius gravieri)

Red Sea Mimic Blenny

The pioneering efforts of ORA in breeding new species and varieties of marine fish has brought much excitement to our hobby over the years. Today we are especially pleased to announce yet another ORA breakthrough, the Red Sea Mimic Blenny (Ecsenius gravieri). Despite their popularity as entertaining little algae eaters, it appears that no species […]

New from ORA – Jaguar Gobies

The Jaguar goby is a relative newcomer to the hobby.  We first saw these fish a little more than three years ago when we received a small group of them.  We didn’t know much about them at the time but the invoice listed them as Astrabe sp. from Japan.   The Jaguars thrived in our systems […]