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Bob's Picks

Whenever we get a new species and we need to accurately identify it, I always think back to the days of assorted and sp and how far we have come as an industry. Its a never ending challenge of mine trying to keeping track of the correct species name for the animals we carry, especially considering how often even common animals are reclassified. I find this to be one of the most interesting aspects of our industry and I appreciate the continual educational process we are exposed to on a daily basis. I fondly remember when I used to work the sales floor in a retail shop. I truly enjoyed educating and helping new customers get into the hobby and took pleasure when I would see the shift in an aquarist from the aquarium being a curious fascination to becoming a passion. I think the hardest part for me was to temper the exuberance and enthusiasm of the new hobbyist and reiterate the importance of patience and a deliberate approach. From a husbandry standpoint we have made huge advances in our methods and understanding when it comes to fish keeping and the simplicity with which we can establish a healthy marine aquarium. Unfortunately, with the ease of keeping an aquarium the intrinsic value lessened and it lost its place as a treasure box. I have always felt that my local fish store is not only a place where I purchase my needs but also a platform to share ideas and to learn. As the saying goes the proof is in the pudding and I would always patronize the store that had the display I was trying to re-create. Good and trustworthy information based on experience is a valuable commodity in building a strong relationship with your customers.

Australian Aquacultured Pot Belly Seahorses (Hippocampus abdominalis) just arrived and they are in great shape with good size and coloration. An added benefit to these cultured Seahorses is they are already weaned on eating frozen Mysis.

We have in stock some magnificent Long Tentacle Anemones (Macrodactyla doreensis) and they are absolutely massive. There are numerous patterns and coloration variances so have your account rep be your eyes.

From our valued Hawaii collectors we have a nice selection of Juvenile Achilles Tangs (Acanthurus achilles) and they have been feeding well. Get them while the run is on!

There are a limited number of Male Vroliks Wrasse (Halichoeres chrysotaenia) available from Indonesia and their coloration is absolutely stunning. These wont last long.

I may be repeating myself but we have received another outstanding selection of Aquacultured Zoanthid Polyps (Zoanthid sp.). The sustainable nature alone make these an excellent choice for the beginning hobbyist.

From our Short Supply Chain in Tonga we received another shipment of marine fish and we are featuring the Green Canary Blenny (Meiacanthus tongaensis). These have not been around in quite some time so take advantage while they are available.

Dont know how I missed this one from our SSC in Vanuatu but we have in stock Aquacultured Squamosa Clams (Tridacna squamosa) and they are exhibiting some exquisite patterns, these are real gems for the clam connoisseur.