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Bob's Picks

I was sitting here thinking about the lowly snail and how it was not so long ago when the only one available in the marine trade was the Turbo Grazer. It was such an exclusive item, even the name was trademarked. Wholesalers were forbidden to use that name unless they were purchased from the supplier who had the trademarked name. The times have certainly changed as the availability of different species of gastropods has increased tremendously and we've come to learn more about their specific dietary needs. Turbo snails ate algae, plain and simple. As the use of live rock became more and more the standard, the need for marine algae eaters grew even further. Since the standard Sea of Cortez Turbo snail sometimes prefers a cooler temperature, along came the Atlantic Turbo snail that tolerated warmer water. All of a sudden we were inundated with snails galore and if it had a shell it was assumed to eat algae. As we tend to often find out the hard way in this industry, sometimes this was not always the case. Turns out some of our shelled friends preferred to eat their cousins or other meat based food sources. In fact, some of the most deadly creatures on the planet are gastropods. As our knowledge base and experience grew so did our accessibility to new species. Nowadays, you can find just about any size snail for any specific need. As we sometimes are inundated with all of the new and latest we sometimes lose sight of what sent us down this path in the first place a good old standby marine algae eater.

We received another limited number of Golden Red Pygmy Angels (Centropyge aurantius) from Indonesia this week, be sure to get your orders in early so you dont miss out.

This week from Costa Rica we have an assortment of sizes of Yellowtail Sawtail Tang (Prionurus punctatus). These fish are widely sought after by public aquariums because of the massive size they can attain and their relatively communal nature. Please keep in mind these fish do get HUGE and they demand lots of tank space as they attain adulthood.

Another oddball we have in from Indonesia is the Blue Torpedo Goby (Malacanthus lattovittatus). Good for those with a fish only aquarium these guys sport a lot of personality once settled in.

From our Short Supply Chain in the Maldives we received a stellar shipment of Red velvet Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis). The mix of colors makes this one of my favorite fairy wrasse and when they flair their fins they are simply stunning.

From our SSC in Tonga we have in some very nice Orange Eye Acanthastrea (Acanthastrea echinata). There are some real gems here and will only get better with time.

Another under-appreciated coral from our Tonga supply line is the Green Button Coral (Scolymia vitiensis). This batch has some really unique color mixes and growth patterns.