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Bob's Picks

Having had an opportunity to reflect on Aquarama 2013 and our subsequent visits with our incredible vendors, I realize we have much to look forward to as the rest of the year unfolds. The coral shipments that we were able to hand-select are only the tip of the iceberg. It's the relationships we strengthened that really gives me a sense of excitement. It's one thing to give direction when placing your order, but it's entirely different when you are face to face with your supplier and you can show (in person) concrete examples of what it is you are looking for and what is not acceptable. This goes both ways from exporter to importer, importer to retailer.

Such an integral component of our success depends on having the highest quality specimens available and what better way to establish the expectations than to demonstrate them in person. This makes me think of all of the QM supporters that have yet to visit our facility and see for themselves all that we have to offer and meet your rep. In this age of instant information it's easy to forget the old school way of doing things and seeing it firsthand. I saw different hybrids of fish that I had not seen offered before and it made me think how much goes by that I have overlooked.

What's even more important though is the overall impact the visit will have on our shipments from here on. Sure the odd and unusual are nice to the fish geek like me, but the long range goal is to ensure a continuous and consistent supply for ALL of our clients. Be sure to check out our stocklist & Facebook page often where you can almost always count on seeing something new and/or exciting. Our aspirations are only limited by our imagination.

We have an excellent selection of Red Velvet Wrasses (Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis) from one of our Short Supply Chains and these are extremely nice. Very colorful, very well fed.

The quality and selection of Open Brain Lobos (Lobophyllia sp.) here right now is astounding, and there is a good reason for this (I picked several of them out). If your sales rep hasn't asked you if you want some, ask your sales rep to get you some. These are awesome.

This last week saw us receive a number of different aquacultured clownfish: Picassos, Semi-Picassos, some Red Saddles, the list goes on. All of them showed up in great shape, but I really feel like the AC Yellow Stripe Maroon Clowns (Premnas epigramma) are especially good this time around; they are on the big end of the "mediums" and the yellow stripes are popping.

One of the items we got to hand select were some really amazing Elegant Corals (Catalaphyllia jardinei) and I like to think that these are some of the best we have had in a long time. There is a great selection of them, all with mind numbing coloration and killer polyp extension.

Not only do we have an amazing selection of Genicanthus Angels of all sorts in stock, we also have a Pair of Bellus Angels (Genicanthus bellus) that are wild paired, quite large and looking amazing. These will not be here long, and it may be a loooong time before something like this is here again. Don't worry if you miss it, there are also lots of Bellus Females, Zebra Swallowtail Females and even some Tiger Females to tide you over.

Lastly, the selection of Aquacultured Acropora is too amazing for me to choose a favorite right now. I should know, we picked a lot of them out, personally. Ask your sales rep to grab you one of these crazy pieces; if you act quickly there may still be time to get in on the next acro-box promo as well.