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Bob's Picks

Never fear, Spring is just around the corner and better shipping days for our domestic clients are ahead. This has to have been one of the more challenging years in recent memory, but we continue to persevere. Our hearts go out to those that have been most affected by the weather (which has probably been just about 75% of the US).

As always, delayed shipments need to be treated very different from regular shipments, especially when they have been subjected to extremely cold temperatures. Unlike overheated shipments, which more often than not can be a complete loss, a chilled shipment can often be turned around. Granted there will usually be other stress related issues to contend with, such as white spot/ich, but these are easily treatable. I feel the major mistake that is made when these types of delays occur is too rapid of a temperature shift during acclimation. It is of utmost importance when receiving a delayed shipment to take water quality parameters immediately upon arrival. By doing so you become more aware of the true situation and can adjust your acclimation procedure accordingly. If you find yourself in this predicament and are unsure of how to acclimate your animals, please dont hesitate to contact your Customer Service Representative and we can help walk you through it.

We just received from Australia a great shipment of Yellow Assessor Basslets (Assessor flavissimus). These make a great addition to most nano aquariums with their unusual habits and bright yellow coloration. They are well known for swimming upside down in the aquarium.

From our MAC Certified Short Supply Chain in Fiji we have been receiving some awesome Yellow Goatfish (Parupeneus cyclostomus). Larger aquariums with a sand bed would benefit from having one of these inhabitants. They do a great job of keeping the top layer of the sand bed looking clean.

From our Eastern Asia supply lines we have been seeing a steady supply of the Pouter Blushing False Eye Goby (Acanthocepola indica). These odd looking burrowers are not available year round, so if youre in the market for something unusual, this is the time to add one to your collection.

From the Cook Islands we have in some brilliantly colored Aquacultured Blue Rim Derasa Clams (Tridacna derasa). The coloration of these farm raised hardy clams is simply superb. These are probably one of the easiest of the Tridacnids to keep as they tolerate a much broader range of lighting intensity than some of their congeners.

This weekend we just released another batch of our Reefhab (Acanthastrea lordhowensis) frags. There are some stunning color variations, so be sure to ask your Customer Service Representative for more info and check out our other company news article: Get What You Expect Acanthastrea lordhowensis