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Bob's Picks

We hope your year is off to a great start! It has been a very busy one so far for us and we are firing on all cylinders working to keep our deep and diverse inventory. Normally this time a year we see that supply starts to get a bit limited. Fortunately, we have been able to sustain our desired inventory levels by fully utilizing our wide range of collection stations. Our offering of tank bred species also continues to grow, which is definitely helping us to more easily maintain a consistent supply.

During the peak season it can be a challenge trying to maintain the integrity of the supply line. What do I mean by this? Frankly, anyone can increase the size of their orders, but is the collection station really capable of handling the increased demand? To wantonly double the expectation of the supply line without notice does a disservice to not only the collector but also the importer and the animals. Imagine for a moment if you were to double the size of your orders with no change whatsoever to your infrastructure. I bet anyone would be hard pressed to be able to offer the same level of care to the animals in their care.

The capability of our suppliers to ship healthy, well cared for specimens is just one of many elements that are key to our success. We as caretakers are responsible for the health of our animals. With that as a core value, we do all that we can to ensure that our animals are given the best chance of success by supporting vendors who employ proper husbandry techniques and dont try to produce more than their systems are capable of supporting.

A reef safe starfish that we don't see very often is the Red Bahama Serpent Star (Ophioderma rubicundum) and we have a few right now. These are absolutely brilliantly colored.

We have an excellent supply of Red Finger Gorgonians (Diodogorgia nodulifera) that we just received. They are a deep lustrous red with white polyps. Get them right now.

One of our culture facilities sent us a straight up stellar batch of Aquacultured Fire & Ice Zoanthids (Zoanthid sp.). The plugs have great coverage, the polyps are in excellent shape, and all the rocks have just a few "bonus" polyps of other sorts.

We have a great stock of Cuban Hogfish (Bodianus pulchellus) that have just excellent, rich colors and prominent markings. These are new arrivals, but are doing really well. I expect them to go quickly.

On the aquacultured front, the new batch of Aquacultured Yellow Stripe Maroon Clownfish (Premnas epigramma) are a perfect size, have nice dark coloration and most have nice slender barring.

From our Short Supply Chain vendor in Fiji we have a very colorful healthy batch of MAC Purple Pygmy Anthias (Luzonichthys waitei). These always eat well and stay pretty tightly associated, and this batch is no exception.