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Bob's Picks

When I go into my local fish store Im amazed at the sheer variety of feeds available to the marine hobbyist. There are diets that range from being an all purpose feed to those specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs or pique the interests of some of the most demanding species. Long gone are the days when frozen brine shrimp and daphnia were the only foods available in your local fish store's freezer. I used to have to go to the local seafood market to procure the much needed variety and I would read every book I could get my hands on to discover how I could provide the best possible diet for my fish. By providing an optimal diet, along with optimal water quality and a low stress environment, you have everything you need to become a successful marine aquarist. Here at QM these are regularly discussed topics in our husbandry meetings. We feel it is of utmost importance to get our fish feeding as soon as possible upon arrival. Marine fish are continually foraging for food in the wild and once in captivity it is up to us to provide the necessary diet to maintain their health. I enjoy watching the husbandry team as they push the packed food cart throughout the facility where foods such as Mysis shrimp, whole clams, plankton, vitamin-enriched live brine, silverside, ova (lobster egg) , etc. are offered daily. Once the proper feeding response is noted and the body weight is good the team starts to introduce high quality dry feeds as well. A well fed specimen only increases the success of the marine hobbyist.

Lots to be excited about from our Short Supply Chain (SSC) in the Cook Islands. First off we have a good supply of beautiful Scott's Velvet Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus scottorum). This is my absolute favorite of the various color morphs that this species exhibits.

Another uncommon sight in the marine industry is the Canary Damsel (Chrysiptera galba) from the Cook Islands and the bright yellow coloration is simply superb. This exquisite Damselfish would be a welcome addition to any display.

From Sri Lanka we are offering the Diamond Watchman Goby (Valenciennea puellaris) as one of our Added Value Specials this week. We prefer this locale as the supply chain is much shorter, the sizing is much better and the coloration more vibrant.

This weeks selection of Pink Tip Elegance Corals (Catalaphyllia jardinei) and Whisker Coral (Duncanopsammia axifuga) from Australia is outstanding.

Have you tried out our Sri Lankan Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)? Excellent size along with an orange body and deep red back these are also on sale this week!