Noel Heinsohn

Noel started his passion for marine life back in high-school: as far away from the ocean as possible...Iowa. Thanks to an Aquarium Science high-school program he attended for several years at Central Campus. While attending high school, he worked at the local zoo as their aquarist and a local fish store. After high school, Noel attended Oregon Coast Community College for their aquarium science program to advance his knowledge. While in college he worked for Hatfield Marine Science center as an aquarist and interned for NOAA working with cold water aquaculture. For the last five years, he has been serving time at the Long Island Aquarium as their aquaculture aquarist. During this time he has raised 20+ species of fish and invertebrates, including the first captive-bred anthias and the first Genicanthus lamarcks.

Recent Blog Posts

Monday Archives: It’s A Seahorse Kind Of Week

Monday Archives: It’s A Seahorse Kind Of Week

Seahorses have been a reoccurring theme this week and I couldn't be happier! At the end of last week, friend of the Aquarium and local fisherman James Bricca brought us a pregnant Hippocampus erectus. We put the baby-daddy into one of our seahorse nursery tanks to...

Piebald Seahorses

Piebald Seahorses

Piebald seahorses are such a captivating specimen that they seem out of this world. Perhaps one of the coolest variations within the Lined Seahorse species! They are a color morph branching from Hippocampus erectus. This specific morph is achieved through selective...

Invert Alley: Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta)

Invert Alley: Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta)

At the Long Island Aquarium we have a gallery that consists of smaller focus exhibits; showcasing a specific species of fish or invertebrate. A large portion of these exhibits are small nano-reefs that really help focus the species being displayed. One of these...

There’s a New Captive Bred Genicanthus in Town

There’s a New Captive Bred Genicanthus in Town

With all of my responsibilities at the Long Island Aquarium, I find my schedule lately lacking free time for aquaculture projects. However, I try my best to squeeze some "play" time into my routine. I set up some larval tanks, collect some eggs from our 20,000 gallon...

They Say Lightning Never Strikes Twice

They Say Lightning Never Strikes Twice

Since the Dawn of Designers, hobbyists around the globe have hungered for the next insane morph. They are always searching for the next "snowflake-galaxy-platinum-picasso-pink floyd ultra grade" design. However for the last dozen years  rarely have we seen any wild...

Barberfish (Johnrandallia nigrirostris)

Barberfish (Johnrandallia nigrirostris)

Recently, on a stock-up run at my local wholesaler, I came across a species of butterflyfish that I haven't seen in quite a while. The butterflyfish was non other than Johnranallia nigrirostris (otherwise called by its common names: barberfish and black-nose...

These are the plugs you’re looking for…

These are the plugs you’re looking for…

Jedi Master Jamie Craggs is the aquarium curator from the Horniman Museum who, just a few weeks ago, made headlines with his successful in-vitro fertilization of captive coral . The Force is strong with Jamie Craggs' new coral settlement tiles,  created from a galaxy...

Rearing Gobies: Tips For Beginner Breeders

Rearing Gobies: Tips For Beginner Breeders

It's time for the second installment of "Tips For Beginner Breeders"! Last time, we covered seahorses, and I hope you took my tips into consideration and tried your hand at breeding and rearing some of these great animals. This time, we are going to talk about goby...

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