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Bob's Picks

Here at Quality Marine we are continually working to correctly identify every specimen we receive. This sometimes can be a monumental task, especially when considering how often things are re-classified by the scientific community. Now, you add to the mix the almost endless number of color variations of the corals we carry and things start getting incredibly complex. This past year, weve been making an effort to name and have specific item numbers for many of these color variations.

In doing this we are continuing our effort to help our customers to more reliably get what they expect with every QM order. Unfortunately, with all the additional items, this also translated into an even more massive stocklist . In an effort to make it easier for our clients to find what they are looking for, we made a pretty substantial change. Though its not exactly a scientific distinction, we have divided our Hard Corals category into two separate sections that are commonly accepted in our industry. Starting this past week we began classifying our Hard Corals as either Corals, LPS or Corals, SPS. We do hope you find this change to be a positive one and allows you the opportunity to more easily find and identify the specimens you are looking for.

From our Short Supply Chain in Melanesia we received some beautiful Male and Female Pictilis Anthias (Pseudanthias pictilis). These larger sized Anthias are absolutely stunning and would look awesome in larger sized reef displays. They are a must have for the anthias enthusiast!

If you are into the bizarre, we have an excellent size mix of Walking Longnose Batfish (Ogcocephalus corniger). These do need to be kept in species specific aquaria as they are not able to compete with faster moving fish for food and prefer a live-food based diet. But for those who want a challenge that is outside of the norm this is the ticket.

For those that desire color and something easy to care for, we have an ample supply of the electrifying Blue Reef Chromis (Chromis cyanea). This Atlantic Ocean version of that industry favorite, the Green Chromis, can be mesmerizing when kept in a small school with plenty of habitat and room to swim. These are very nice this week so dont pass them over.

Must be the week for oddities as we also have the one-of-a-kind Australian Brachiosaurus Blenny (Omobranchus anolius) available. Be sure to ask your Customer Service Representative about the special promotion we have going on this week.

From the Cook Islands we have some brilliant 5-6" Blue Rimmed Derasa Clams (Tridacna derasa). The Blue in these giant gems just jumps out at you and they are 100% aquacultured plus 1% of all purchases are to donated to the Reefhab fund for restoring natural coral reef habitat and aquaculture initiatives.