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Bob's Picks

For the Marine Livestock wholesaler, the start of the New Year is traditionally a difficult time to maintain a deep and diverse inventory. This is often due to a number of different factors, including the extended holiday, inclement weather conditions that inhibit animal collection, and inconsistent availability of freight space resulting from increased passenger travel, to name a few. This year shaped up to be quite smooth for QM, thanks to some careful planning, our continued investment in our life support infrastructure, and a seasoned, well experienced husbandry team.

To minimize the impact of the traditional disruption in supply, we increased our stock levels prior to the holiday. We did this gradually so that we would not overtax the capabilities of our life support and were able to sustain a well rounded and diverse inventory into the New Year. A very common practice in the industry is to let stock levels drop as the holidays start and then start importing larger than normal shipments the first part of January. This approach often results in fish becoming overly stressed as the biological filtration, in most cases, cant cope with the increased bio load, and the water quality goes downhill fast.

We are already off to a great start for the New Year and look forward to helping our customers build further on their success. As always, we appreciate your continued support!

This week from our Short Supply Chain in the Maldives we received some beautiful ML size Powder Blue Tang (Acanthurus leucosternon). Since these come from a SSC they have excellent body weight and brilliant colors - some of the best in the industry!

We just received a fresh shipment of stunning Male & Female Fairy Flame Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus jordani). These are exhibiting awesome coloration and the sizing if perfect for just about any medium to large size reef aquarium.

If you like large Butterflyfish we have some very nice Rainford Butterflyfish (Chaetodon rainfordi) from Australia in stock. Their bright yellow coloration is offset quite nicely by their pale green bands and they are eating like little pigs. Oink.

We have some maricultured Green Polyp Leather Toadstool Coral (Sarcophyton sp.) from Indonesia that looks great! These are a great species for the beginning reef aquarist as they are very hardy and will tolerate a wide range of lighting. The polyp extension on these is absolutely unreal!

I have been told the water has been terrible for collection in Sri Lanka but our guys still came through with a couple of shipments of Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis). These are an industry favorite!