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Bob's Picks

I was thinking the other day about how our hobby is continually changing and how what was once an accepted practice becomes outdated. What brought this on was remembering the old rule of thumb that 1 to 2 lbs of live rock per gallon was the recommended amount for stocking a new tank. Looking at the average reef aquarium today however, you would quickly realize that most people use a lot less live rock in their aquariums. Now it seems that less than half a lb per gallon is the accepted practice as more and more aquarists are moving towards the uncluttered look. In the process they also are providing ample room for their corals to grow, which in and of itself says a lot about the advancements the hobby has made. Its always great to hear about aquarists having such extensive growth of their corals that they have to routinely prune their colonies to prevent excessive alleopathy between competing species. What a problem to have! As an industry we have also seen a dramatic downsizing of aquariums over the last decade as a means to broaden the appeal and to minimize the introductory expense.

The impact these shifts has had on the live rock collector is not going unnoticed, as the demand is surely shrinking, the competition from maricultured rock is increasing and there are continually new businesses trying to enter the rock marketplace with other new alternatives. Altogether as a company, while we may see a drop in the revenues from traditional livestock sales, we are pleased at seeing the shift towards a more sustainable future that relies less and less on natural reef resources. One thing I know for sure is that the evolution of the live rock landscape is going to continue to be quite interesting to observe over the next few years.

This week brings us a new supply of Aquacultured Semi-Picasso Percula Clowns (Amphiprion percula). These are from a new breeder and are quite nice and very healthy. If you are into clownfish color morphs be sure to check these out.

From the Cook Islands we have some amazing Aquacultured Blue Rim Colored Derasa Clams (Tridacna derasa). These are some truly exceptional clams and very hardy as well.

From our Short Supply Chain in the Maldives we received some absolutely huge Klausewitzs Blenny (Ecsenius lineatus). These behemoths are sporting vibrant coloration and are definite eye catchers.

Our Indonesian supply line sent over an excellent batch of Indian Threadfin Lookdown (Alectis indicus) and our husbandry staff is fattening them up. These are usually a finicky item to ship but we have been working hard to make these rock solid.

Our collector in the Keys came up with an electric batch of Purple Condylactis Anemone (Condylactis passiflora). These industry staples are sure to please those looking for an inexpensive and hardy anemone.