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Bob's Picks

How ready are you as either a hobbyist or a shop owner in the event of an emergency? I was having a discussion the other day about the continued effects of Hurricane Sandy and how devastating it was to both hobbyists and store owners. It would be bad enough trying to deal without power for 24 hours, but in some cases certain areas were without electricity for 10 days! Can you imagine the impact such an extended power loss could have on pretty much all aquariums. Marine animals can be pretty resilient when it comes to light and temperature, but water flow and a good supply of oxygen is one thing that they cannot do without.

At first glance, the cost of an emergency generator just doesnt seem to make sense, but what if you started to pencil out how much youve invested in your aquarium. For one, we are dealing with live animals that deserve the highest level of care that we provide, but also consider how much youve invested financially in your livestock. Im willing to bet that in most cases the cost of a small generator is a fraction of the replacement cost of all the animals in your aquarium. Its like an insurance plan for your fish, you may not ever need it, but when you do you sure are thankful that you have it. At the very least, we recommend that you have a good supply of battery powered air pumps, with plenty of extra batteries of course, to provide much needed oxygen in the event of a power outage.

As the old saying goes An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


From our Short Supply Chain in Fiji, we have a number of just beautiful MAC Bicolor Angels (Centropyge bicolor). These are very striking and are great examples with the brililant gold line separating the blue and yellow.

We have a very good selection of both Male and Female Pictillis Anthias (Pseudanthias pictilis). These are robust specimens with great coloration. Now is the time to get that harem you've been wanting.

We have an excellent batch of Juvenile Chevron Tangs (Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis) in a very good range of sizes and eating well. They all have that eye popping coloration that everyone loves them for.

We have a limited supply of Reefhab Red Chalice Frags (Echinophyllia sp.) that are awesome. There is a good amount of variability with these, some being brilliant metallic red and others being multicolored and marbled.

If you have been looking for the true Central Pacific Nassarius Snails (Nassarius papillosus) or the ones that everyone used to call "True Tongan Nassarius Snails", get them right now. We have good numbers of them in excellent condition.

We also have a great supply of Aquacultured Blue Sympodium (Sympodium sp.) that are a very vibrant blue. Under good conditions, these will grow quickly, making ideal cover coral, and also something that could be easily cultured in your shop.