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Bob's Picks

Another round of regulations imposed by Homeland Security is making an impact on the way we import some of our marine fish. As many of you are probably aware, the embargo on all air shipments originating out of Somalia and Yemen has basically dried up the supply of Red Sea fish. Yemen has been the main supply of small Purple Tang for the last few years along with many other key species and it has now been closed off. What this means to the industry is that we will only see a very limited amount of these fish and since they are all popular items, they will surely be at a higher cost.

Also many exporting countries determine their tender times in order to comply with TSA screening regulations. These cut off times are a minimum of 4 hours prior to departure as part of IATA regulations. In some instances we have points of export that require a minimum of 6 hours tender prior to departure. This will impact shipments of tropical fish in a number of ways, most notably, extended travel time in the box. When we source our shipment routing, we look for the least amount of travel time, including transfer time, as the less time the animals spend in transit the less stress they are likely to endure. As you can see the hours start to add up quickly and as more and more airlines reduce the number of available flights, the transportation puzzle becomes vastly complex. Extended travel duration will only increase the amount of stress the animals are subject to and it is of utmost importance to handle each situation with the highest level of care. Here at QM our extensively experienced husbandry and acclimation staff are well equipped to compensate for even the slightest aberration. Rest assured that even with the possibility of extended travel times, our ultimate goal is to continue to uphold our commitment to providing the best livestock the marine industry has to offer.

This week from our source in Sumatra we received a stunning shipment of Blueface Angels (Pomacanthus xanthometapon). This a probably our best supply line for this particular fish and it is obvious.

For those in need of a larger sized and unique looking schooling fish, the Five-Lined Cardinalfish (Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus) fit the bill. These come from our Short Supply Chain in Tonga and the white body contrasts nicely with the black horizontal stripes.

If you need a natural method of red bug control try out the Dragonface Pipefish (Corythoichthys intestinalis) from the Central Pacific. This week's shipment looks great and they are fat.

From Indonesia we have in some stellar Aquacultured Assorted Tree Soft Corals (Litophyton sp.). These are a great alternative to wild collected specimens and they have very good size and extension.

Also, we have a great value on Indonesian Fire/Blood Shrimp (Lysmata debelius) this coming week. These are a much darker maroon red than the bright red of the Sri Lankan Fire Shrimp but we were able to get a special buy to pass along to our customers. Take advantage especially with the inconsistent supply of Cleaner Shrimp.