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Bob's Picks

The difference between the supply of freshwater ornamentals and marine ornamentals is like comparing night and day. On the freshwater side you have an extensive network of breeders that are producing a standardized size of fish on a continual basis. With marine animals it is, for the most part, entirely the opposite. Stocks are not always consistent from day to day and divers are manually collecting each individual species as they come across them. Many of the collectors are seasoned veterans that know where certain species are more likely to be collected, but this knowledge is only gained through experience. On some days the fish they need are just not there for whatever reason. I liken it to going to your fish store and every day your stock changes and you have no idea of what will be there. To top it off your very best customer is coming in for 12 Blue Hippo Tangs that afternoon and has to have them. I know its a bit of an extreme analogy but you can get the idea.

Sometimes I think that my job is pretty darn hard, but at least I have options if I really need to find something. In the case of our collectors, things are far less predictable since they will either be able to find and collect the fish that were ordered or possibly not even find them at all and come up short. Just another reason why we appreciate all the hard work that our suppliers do to get us our livestock.

This week from a number of our Caribbean Short Supply Chain suppliers we have an abundant supply of Yellowhead Jawfish (Opistognathus aurifons). These interesting burrowers are not only fun to watch but they are a great looking fish as well.

From our SSC in the Maldives we have an awesome batch of M and M/L size Powder Blue Tang (Acanthurus leucosternon). Their coloration is simply vibrant and they have excellent body weight.

Also from the same Maldivian supply line we have a limited number of Male Bimaculatus Anthias (Pseudanthias bimaculatus). These are not always available and are stunning especially when displayed with a harem of females. One of my favorite anthias!

This coming week we will be releasing a number of different species of Cardinalfish we recently received from our SSC supplier in Tonga. As we research new arrivals that we have not previously received we note adaptability to captivity and feeding response.

This week brings another release of Reefhab frags exclusively distributed by QM. Be sure to talk to your Customer Service Representative so they can get you what you need for the nano crowd.