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Bob's Picks

I hope everyone who lives in Southern California had a chance to stop by the Reef-A-Palooza (RAP) event last weekend. It was a great opportunity to see whats going on in the marine hobby and a chance to meet other marine enthusiasts. I always enjoy getting the chance to hear first hand whats up and to share experiences. For me, this event helped me to realize how much I take for granted and that I assume everyone has seen everything Quality Marine has to offer. Every week we try to have as much diversity as possible in our inventory, yet at the same time make sure we have ample stock of the bread and butter items that every retail establishment wants to offer. I have a continual Rubiks cube spinning around in my head that I'm always trying to solve using all I know along with a dash of clairvoyance. What this leads up to is trying to decide what to put in our aquariums on display at RAP. What I learned is that even though I may see it every week, it doesnt necessarily mean everyone else does. A perfect example would be the Sea Moths (Eurypegasus draconis) that we had in the nano aquarium at our booth. I see them every week, yet at the suggestion of our husbandry staff, we put them on display. Turns out these relatively commonplace (for me) little fish had to be one of the most asked about species we had on display. Sometimes in my pursuit of that hybrid Achilles x Nigricans Tang or Loriculus x Ferrugatus Angel I lose focus and neglect the age old species that drew me to this hobby in the first place. It was like a breath of fresh air to step back and remember why this has become such a passion in the first place.

Our Short Supply Chain in Tonga came through with an awesome shipment of Starcki Damsels (Chrysiptera starcki) and the size is great. The color is exceptional as well, so be sure to get some while they are available.

From our West America source we have in stock the Barnacle Blenny (Acanthemblemaria macrospilus). If you have not tried these out yet be sure to give them a try as they have a distinct personality and make a great inhabitant for a nano display.

As always our SSC in the Maldives sent over a truly vibrant shipment of ML Powder Blue Tang (Acanthurus leucosternon). One of our signature species their coloration absolutely shines and they are thick!

The selection of coral is truly overwhelming right now and as always we have a minimum of 3 shipments per week. I was looking over the Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi) from our Fijian SSC and there are some outstanding color variations. Be sure to have your Customer Service Representative look these over for you.

We do have a another shipment of Vanuatu rock arriving this coming week so be sure to get your orders in for this awesome looking rock. This was the rock that we used for our display tanks at Reef-A-Palooza. The diversity and shape of this stuff is outstanding!