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Bob's Picks

Its always a challenge trying to properly identify a fish and attaching a common name to it. My old go-to source used to be the Burgess Atlas of Marine Fish, then came the World Atlas of Marine Fish by Kuiter and Debelius. If it wasnt found in either of these sources, the internet was always a handy backup tool as www.fishbase.org or www.eol.org often filled in the missing pieces. Some days none of these would provide enough clues or information, so with my back against the wall I would circulate photos amongst industry professionals. Once we have an accurate scientific name, then comes the process of attaching a common name which is always a joyride. In some cases there are several names used throughout the industry and its a question of deciding which common name to choose? In other cases there is no common name so what do you do? I won't even bring up invertebrates as that is a whole other beast of a different color.

At Quality Marine, we take the business of properly identifying our animals very seriously and names alone can be very misleading. Our stock list is organized by family and then genus. Our website, which is being constantly updated, has a representative photo along with common name and scientific name. We feel it is of utmost importance that our clients know beforehand what it is they are getting and not have any unpleasant surprises when they start opening up their boxes. By taking great care to properly identify each species we sell, we can ensure an unmatched level of consistency and variety.


This week we have a great batch of both small and medium sized Bartletts Fairy Anthias (Pseudanthias bartlettorum). These hardy feeders have awesome coloration and make a great addition to a reef display in need of some schooling fish.

From our Caribbean supply line we have in stock the Chalk Basslet (Serranus tortugarum). These are really an underrated fish with exceptional hues and peaceful temperaments.

If youre looking for something different to pair up with your Pistol Shrimp, try out our Sri Lankan Brown Streak Prawn Gobies (Amblyeleotris gymnocephala). They are great sized and make for a perfect symbiotic partner.

This week's batch of large Powder Blue Tangs (Acanthurus leucosternon) from our Short Supply Chain in the Maldives are simply stupendous. The rich blue and vivid yellow just make these stand out heads above the rest.

From our Tongan SSC we have in some really top notch corals and the (Pavona maldivensis) is no exception. We have both green or orange color variations available.