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Bob's Picks

I was perusing the internet earlier today and was absolutely dumbfounded by the array of different LED systems and the corresponding controllers that are now available. Its amazing to me how significantly our understanding of coral husbandry has increased and this is just illustrated by the sheer number of reef products on the market. Whats even cooler is that I feel we have barely scratched the surface of all that well learn about coral and the other animals that live on the reef.

One thing that has piqued my interest recently is that now that we are more capable as aquarists, many species that in the past were absolutely taboo have become almost mainstream. Has it really been that long ago that Acropora was considered a difficult coral to keep? As we move into this next decade maybe it wont be so important that we have that one special color morph of Echinophyllia from the wild as we might even be able to achieve the desired result and mimic that special color morph by environmental manipulation. While this is perhaps a stretch of the imagination, its entirely possible as we continue to gain a better understanding of the reefs. Something like this would be incredible for the industry as it would bring us even closer towards the goal of more ecologically responsible collection while continuing to sustain the livelihood of the fisherman in these coastal nations.

This week from Africa we received an excellent shipment of Bluestripe Pipefish (Doryrhamphus excises). They are feeding on frozen mysis and exhibiting excellent blue coloration.

For those that like a challenge we have a limited number of Australian Red Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon choati) available. Be sure to get your order in on these as they move out quickly.

Our Caribbean source came up with an outstanding shipment of Dusky Jawfish (Opistognathus whitehurstii). These guys pack a lot of personality and are one of my favorite Jawfish.

We have an outstanding selection of Australian Purple/Pink Tip Elegance Coral (Catalaphyllia jardinei) and they are doing great. Be sure to take advantage of these as they are one of this weeks Added Value Specials.

We have a great selection of Sea Stars and if you havent seen the Colored Pyramid Star (Pharia pyramidata) be sure to check one out as they are displaying a very interesting color scheme.