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Bob's Picks

I've been involved with marine fish purchasing for close to 20 years now, but it wasnt until I assumed the duties of marine livestock purchasing manager at QM when I truly began to appreciate the intricate nature of the supply chain. As the hobby has evolved and the demand for previously unnoticed species grew, the complexity of importation has also increased. Many species and/or color variations are region specific and determining the shortest transit time in the supply chain can be quite a challenge. With the emergence of the nano aquarium and the desire for the many small sized fish that can adapt to this environment, it is critical that the transport time is kept to an absolute minimum. The distance from the collection area to the export station will often determine the level of success achieved with many species. Most of these small fish require continuous access to food and will quickly suffer if this travel time is too extensive. I have also noticed that fish with longer transport times take longer to regain their feeding response and in some cases they may never regain the response. In addition, a shorter transit time dramatically lessens the animals exposure to stress, which we all know makes a world of difference.

Our philosophy is that by applying the principle of the Short Supply Chain wherever we can, we consistently yield higher quality specimens that can more readily adapt to the captive environment. This is especially the case when it comes to some of these smaller fish. Ultimately, a hobbyists' continued interest in the marine hobby requires success and by using our SSC's we believe QM is providing one more element in helping to increase their chances of being successful.

Our Short Supply Chain in the Maldives came up with a limited number of Klausewitzs Blenny (Ecsenius lineatus) that are absolutely massive with some exceptional coloration. Be sure to catch one in this weeks shipment.

In our continuing efforts to find more reef compatible species we brought in a school of Seales Cardinalfish (Apogon sealei) from our MAC certified exporter in Cebu. They do not appear to be as aggressive as some other species of Apogon and the pastel coloration is appealing.

One of our Aquacultured species that I feel deserves more attention is the Indigo Dottyback (Pseudochromis sankeyi x fridmani). This hybrid is a unique addition to any aquarium and it is 100% aquacultured.

Fiji is one of our original SSC MAC Certified supply chains and we have an ample supply of Fijian Tomato Clowns (Amphiprion rubrocinctus) in stock and ready to go. These are handled with the utmost care and are coming in great with vibrant coloration.

If large tangs are your fancy, we received some great looking XL Yellow Belly Blue Tangs (Paracanthurus hepatus) from Sumatra and this is truly a special batch. They've got nicely rounded bellies with good body weight and color.

Another gem in the making with a name that does not do it justice comes from our SSC in Vanuatu. The Grey-head Wrasse (Halichoeres leucurus) is a strikingly colored labrid with its dark green-blue body and orange flecked scales. These fish are such an overlooked treasure.

From our Bali supply line we have in stock a limited number of aquacultured Merulina (Merulina sp.) with electric green coloration. The sizing rivals any wild collected piece yet it is a sustainably harvested specimen.

Lastly for this coming week we are offering our Cleaner Pack Promotion again. Please speak to your Customer Service Representative for complete details.