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Bob's Picks

I was just going over our stock list and realized how much more work there is to do here at QM. Apart from providing the highest quality marine specimens in the trade, we want our loyal supporters to 'Get What You Expect' with every order. This means that when ordering the same item from one week to the next, there should be a minimal amount of variation. Additionally, we try our hardest to be so specific with how we name and categorize our animals that when you order something new, the only surprise when you open up the bag is how healthy the animal is.

Now maybe some of you think we are going a little overboard on this, but when you truly look at all the possible descriptive combinations, you can quickly see that merely identifying the scientific name is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. What about juvenile vs. adult stages, or animals in transitional stages? What common name do you use? What happens when there are color variations from different regions? Is it a Male or Female? How big is a Medium? If we size a fish by inches, do we use total length or fork length?

Ok, ok, Ill calm myself, but you can most likely see what I mean, right? This is all the process we go through when trying to identify new animals and re-classify old ones. Hopefully, while this does create slightly more confusion on our end (more on that next week), it most definitely helps us to make sure you Get What You Expect!

For those in need of some large sized fish we have an excellent selection of Adult Pacific and Atlantic Angelfish species in house and feeding. As always be sure to speak to your Customer Service Representative if you are in need of a specific size so they can steer you in the right direction.

From our Short Supply Chain in the Maldives, we received some great sized Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus). This batch has exceptional coloration and they are eating voraciously.

Our source in Sumatra came up with an awesome shipment of Naokos Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus naokoae). These are a great looking wrasse perfect for the medium sized reef display, if you havent seen them before, be sure to click on the hyperlink.

From our SSC in Tonga, we received some very nice colonies of Yellow Tip Red/Pink Birdnest Coral (Seriatopora hystrix). With the right lighting these will absolutely glow! These are one of our favorite SPS corals from this vendor.

We have in stock some very nice Orange Sea Stars (Linckia sp.). These are reef safe and look great. They feed primarily on detritus and microplankton, so they generally do the best when housed in more established aquariums.