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Bob's Picks

Last week we touched on the different variables associated with collection techniques and the impact they can have on the quality of the specimens. Once the desired species have been acquired and are ready to be returned to the boat there is a whole new set of variables at work. More pressure to produce a large number of heads at a lower cost can result in "bulk" transfers (many specimens held in one container). Ideally the specimens would be moved in such a way that they are held singly (this prevents aggression and/or accidental damage) or in very low densities.

Once they have been moved to the boat, there are a number of ways for them to be transported back to the facility or in some chains of distribution, back to a main boat (which aggregates the catch from several dives before returning to land). They can be bagged, held in a container/tub or put into a live well. Imagine the tropics and the impact direct sun can have on a fish that is bagged and just left sitting out in the open on a boat, its not how anyone should be treating these animals.

Where you have long supply chains and limited economic means the issue is further intensified. In some outlying areas, the fish are returned to a land based facility that will have a basic holding system. Once enough specimens are collected they will make the journey to the export station. Other situations may see the fish being held on a main boat for several days. This can run the gamut from being held in plastic bags that require daily water changes as a worst case scenario to the best case scenario which would be to have full-fledged holding containers which pump fresh seawater until the fish are transported back to the main facility. A commitment to handling and transportation protocols comes at a price and there is a very quantifiable difference between cheap fish that are handled poorly and those which are given the type of care we require.

Ultimately, the ideal scenario is to get the catch into the exporters aquariums all in the same day. This is why Quality Marine seeks out Short Supply Chains wherever possible. With the ongoing support of our customers, most of which share our concern for the care of aquarium fish, we are able to compensate our suppliers a fair price for our catch. This affords them the ability to give them the attention that we (and our customers) expect and they deserve.

The Griessingeri Goby (Discordipinna griessingeri) is a nano tank phenom that we almost never see. If you want one, get it now, because there are only a couple in stock.

We have an excellent supply of quite tiny Cubicus Trunkfish (Ostracion cubicus). These little guys are eating well and would be another great nano fish for the near future. In the long term, they will need a much larger tank.

We have a number of very healthy Phoenix Damsels (Plectroglyphidodon phoenixensis). These are amazing little fish that photos just can't do justice to. Pick up a couple and customers will notice them.

It seems like people are always looking for NPS corals and we have a good supply of both Black Tube (Tubastrea micracantha) and Orange Tube (Tubastrea aurea/faulkneri) corals that are in good shape. All have multiple heads and would make for good mother colony starters.

If you are looking for some cool chalices, we just got a shipment of Oxypora Chalice (Oxypora sp) in a variety of sizes and color combos. I suggest buying these and leaving them under good lights for a couple weeks. You'll be amazed at what develops.