New Species: Pelicier’s Perchlet

A new species image and profile has been added to the Digital-Reefs galleries!

Available in the UK only sporadically, and usually costing up to around £500 for a good specimen, Pelicier’s Perchlet Plectranthias pelicieri could easily be mistaken for a Hawkfish if one judges it solely on its general demeanour. This species is actually an Anthias though, and grows to a maximum size of around 5cm. A deepwater species, it is relatively hardy but can also be quite shy. This species should only be kept in a completely covered tank with other peaceful fishes and take note that it may consume passive ornamental inverts such as small shrimps and molluscs, and even fishes significantly smaller than itself.

We were lucky enough to be allowed to image this stunning and rare specimen at Burscough Aquatics. You can see a larger image, read a full profile and get the low-down on over 20 other Anthias species HERE (registered, logged-in users only).

Review: Coral Box Cloud 9 DC Skimmer

It’s been a little while since we featured a skimmer review on the site but when we spied details of this new offering from Chinese supplier Fish-Street, advertised on their website for a Summer 2015 release, we were immediately curious to see if such a competitively-priced skimmer could deliver performance to match some of the more expensive options out there. We were also curious to experience the ‘direct sale’ acquisition of a skimmer via the ‘factory to end user’ pathway used by this supplier. Continue reading Review: Coral Box Cloud 9 DC Skimmer