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Bob's Picks

The effort that goes into the marine fish collection process never ceases to amaze me. Mainly at ground zero, where the actual fishermen (and women) are out in the worlds oceans rounding up the gems that eventually find their way into our aquariums. They are not only at the mercy of the weather and water conditions, but also finding an area that has the correct species and size suitable for our trade (mainly juveniles or sub-adults). The fish may be plentiful in an area but are they the correct ones? Many species are always on the move, foraging for food.and all of this is just the tip of the iceberg.

A responsible collector will not over-harvest an area so that future trips will provide a catch as well. However, in areas with a lot of competition for collection of animals, we see the practice of responsible collection diminish. What had been a one day journey now becomes two to garner the same result. But with the lengthier trip comes added costs, consequently meaning either more collection is needed or more corners need to be cut in order to save costs. The cycle continues, the journey becomes longer, and optimal husbandry regimens become more difficult to implement.

A solution to these problems is supporting Short Supply Chain (SSC) collectors and the specimens that come from these facilities. In most cases animals are collected where there isnt much competition from other fishermen, enabling them to manage their collection sites and prevent overharvesting. With shorter transit times and less time away from food, animals adapt more readily to the captive environment. At Quality Marine we try to utilize SSC sources wherever possible. Ultimately these specimens will not only lead to a more successful aquarist but are also simply a more sustainable way to collect. We urge all our customers and hobbyists alike to support these SSC initiatives as they promote a brighter future for our hobby.

This week we got a great shipment from Australia with an excellent assortment of Green Button Coral (Acanthophyllia deshaysiana). This batch looks great with good color and healthy tissue expansion. This is a fairly hardy coral and adapts well to a variety of lighting conditions.

Also from Australia and looking good are the Pink/Purple Tip Elegant Corals (Catalaphyllia jardinei). These are just fluorescent and overflowing, with no signs of tissue recession as is commonly seen with this genus.

From our MAC certified Short Supply Chain (SSC) in Fiji we got in an outstanding shipment of 6-line Wrasse (Pseudocheiluns hexataenia). Handled with the utmost care, if you haven't tried them yet you're missing out on a great fish. Every store should have at least one of these!

Our Maldivian SSC supplier has sent over some XL Vlamingi Tangs (Naso vlamingi) that are nice and plump. These beauties would set off that large display aquarium perfectly but you better hurry as we have a limited number.