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Bob's Picks

I cant believe summer is coming to an end already.schools will all be back in session soon, weather is starting to change, and the holiday season will be right around the corner before we know it. I bring this up because the continually changing weather dynamic and the impact it can have on a shipment of tropical fish is incredibly important to us. As we head into autumn, our friends in the northern climates will feel it much sooner than the lucky ones here in Southern California. With the change in temperatures, I cant stress enough how important it is to keep your customer service representative up to speed with the current weather in your area. It may be blazing hot in Los Angeles but if you have 45 degree weather dropping in unexpectedly in your area, it would be in the best interest of the shipment to get that information to your CSR.

When I used to be on the sales desk, each morning I would scan the weather maps and it would never cease to amaze me how many times the map read that it would be 68 degrees and sunny, yet I hear from the customer its 50 degrees and raining buckets!. I know this may seem trivial, but as we move into preparation for the holiday season I know we all tend to get overwhelmed and sometimes forget little details that somehow turn out to be big deals. Remember fish are cold-blooded so these drastic temperature swings are to be avoided at all cost as they wreak havoc on a fishes immune system. A compromised immune system makes for major headaches and could be the difference between a stellar shipment and a so-so one. So just remember, any information you can give to us prior to ship-out makes us better prepared to pack your fish so that they can arrive in optimal shape.

Get them while they are available! We have a very limited number of False Shepards Hybrid Angel (Centropyge loriculs X ferrugatus) in stock and ready to ship! These are great for the rare angelfish collector.

From our Short Supply Chain in Tonga we received the Samoan Cardinalfish (Nectamia savayensis). This is a brand new species to QM as of this morning and it has a very interesting barred pattern on the body.

From those extra large displays in need of some schooling activity we have the Three-Lined Fusilier (Pterocaesio trilineata) from our Tongan SSC. These have excellent coloration and have been feeding voraciously on all feeds we have been offering.

One of our oldest Hawaiian sources has been sending us the algae eating White-Foot Hermit Crab (Calcinus sp.). These are a very colorful hermit that is often overlooked but a nice change of pace from all of the industry staples.

Our Bali supply line came up with another stellar shipment of maricultured Green Torch Coral (Euphyllia glabrescens). The green in these absolutely glows and they are quite hardy too.