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Bob's Picks


Do any of you get confused by all of the common names out there? While I know we have come a long way from the days of using assorted followed by the genus or fish type, I realize that its been increasingly difficult to keep track of all the new names used. Some of the most affected are the shop owners who are constantly challenged to keep all of this straight so they may better service their hobbyist customers. Take for instance Paracanthurus hepatus and how many common names there are for this particular fish. Lets see Blue Tang, Regal Tang, Blue Regal Tang, Yellowtail Blue Tang, Hepatus Tang, Hippo Tang, Palette Tang, etc. And this is just for one species that is an industry staple. I wont even begin to go into all the names used for coral. That is mind boggling in and of itself, especially with all of the designer corals that are being distributed in the hobby. Thats a whole other can of worms!

While we do our best here to stay on top of all the common names out there, the likelihood of misidentification or confusion is quite common. To prevent this, we always like to combine the scientific name with the common name wherever possible as this helps to eliminate any potential confusion. On our stocklists, for example, we separate each item by family, then further categorize by the genus of the animal, and lastly by the common name. As more and more previously overlooked species are made available, the need for scientifically correct identification becomes all the more important. We use many different sources for identification purposes ranging from printed text, internet search engines and industry professionals. Ultimately this is all just another effort by QM to help you get what you expect.


We have in a great batch of Red and Orange Lyretail Anthias (Pseudanthias cheirospilos) from our MAC Certified Short Supply Chain in Fiji. These make excellent reef aquarium inhabitants for those looking for a schooling type fish.

From our SSC in the Maldives we have in stock an outstanding selection of Midas Blenny (Ecsenius midas). Their inquisitive personality make them an entertaining addition.

For the nano tank enthusiast our SSC Puerto Rican supplier sent us a vivid shipment of Green Band Goby (Elacatinus multifasciatus). These are one of this weeks Added Value Specials too.

For those looking for something out of the ordinary for their marine aquarium we have the Helmet Cowfish (Tetrosomus gibbosus) in stock. These unusual looking oddballs can be quite comical.

On the maricultured side we have available metallic Green Torch Coral (Euphyllia glabrescens) from Bali. These responsibly harvested corals are absolutely electric and a staple QM item.

We also currently have a great assortment of Indonesian Mushroom Rocks and Colonial Polyps. Be sure to talk to your customer service representative to steer you in the right direction.