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Bob's Picks

Its always a pleasure when we get an exceptional shipment from one of our vendors. Its no surprise that the overall health of the animals is the most critical factor. Apart from that, I qualify an excellent shipment as one in which there is a variety of fishes and/or corals that are displaying vibrant coloration, unusual color morphs, and/or uncommonly seen species. That being said, it is very rare that we receive shipments that are not up to par and there is almost always something in each shipment that excites us.

This week we received another exceptional shipment from our Short Supply Chain in Tonga. Like the rest of our SSC vendors, we work very closely with them to make sure we continue to receive the highest quality livestock possible and in the right assortment that interests our customers. Tonga sent over a very diverse mix of Cardinalfish, which are one of my favorites right now. Many of these species are quite uncommon in the trade yet are great fish for aquarists. Also included in the shipment were some outstanding pieces of Acropora, Montipora, Scolymia, Stylophora and Zoanthid that are sure to be customer pleasers. As we start approaching the busy season, we look forward to continuing to provide our customers even more exceptional animals like these. On a daily basis we strive to always have the highest quality livestock as well as the most extensive and diverse inventory in the industry.

This week from Australia we received a sweet batch of Scotts Velvet Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus scottorum) and they look awesome. Many are showing pintails as well.

Also in from Australia are the super picturesque Laboutes Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus laboutei). Another one of the fairy wrasses that are displaying stunning coloration.

From out Short Supply Chain in Tonga we have in the delicately patterned Vanderbilt Lyretail Damsel (Chromis vanderbilti). These truly make a great reef fish and their intricate pigmentation is breath-taking.

Our SSC in the Maldives came through with a batch of Purple Firefish (Nemateleotris decora) that are absolute behemoths. Unlike the purple firefish from Indonesia or the Philippines these massive dartfish are also easily distinguished by their variance in coloration.

Another item from our SSC in Tonga that has been coming in great is our Bubble-Gum Chalice Coral (Echinophyllia sp.). We have a great selection of these pink-red beauties.