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Bob's Picks

As we prepare to enter a New Year its a great time to take a look back and reflect on some of the highlights from 2012 at QM. There were quite a few of them this year!

One of the biggest changes is our new and improved Online Ordering system, complete with our version of a real time What You See Is What You Get section. The WYSIWYG system was developed so that we could have an easy and effective way to share some of the really special and outstanding specimens that arrive here weekly. Our team spent a great deal of time developing this system and did a great job of creating an interface that is very user friendly for all our customers. We hope it is proving to be a valuable asset to you and your business.

2012 also saw a number of out of the ordinary species grace our facility. Among the notable were the Narcosis Angel (Centropyge narcosis), the Peliciers Perchlet (Plectranthias pelicieri) and both Male and Female Candycane Wrasse (Anampses femininus). With our vast array of worldwide supply lines we look forward to an even more intriguing mix in 2013.

As part of the QM commitment to sustainability, responsible harvest, and aquaculture efforts, we increased our offerings of aquacultured/maricultured species. Apart from all of the new maricultured coral we carry, one species in particular that stands out is the Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni). With all of the discussion regarding the wild collection of this species we are proud to offer a truly aquacultured specimen of the highest quality. While the cost of these fish is slightly higher than the cost of a wild caught fish, we know hands down that they are much sturdier and worth the additional cost to continue to support the aquaculture program that produces them.

All of us here at QM thank all of you for your continued support as we continue to strive to provide the Marine Ornamental Industry the highest quality specimens bar none. We have a number of even more exciting projects slated for 2013 and we cant wait to share the fruits of our labor with you. May you all have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

A lot of new aquariums got set up this week, more are going to get set up next week, and all of them are going to need cleaners. This, combined with the fact that we have some really great stock that can do this job, means that is a bit of a cleaner themed picks. First, we have some awesome Conch Fighter (Strombus sp.) in stock, and we don't always carry these, so get them while you can.

Winter is Turbo Snail (Turbo sp.) season. This is the best time of year to buy them as the cool weather really enhances their already good durability. Beyond that, almost every new tank can use a couple of these as they are one of the best algae eaters around.

We have a great supply of Foxface Rabbitfish (Siganus vulpinus) right now. These are awesome algae eaters. These have a bright yellow coloration, are eating everything we throw at them and, in general, are hardy as all get out.

The last batch of Blue Velvet Damsels (Neoglyphidodon oxyodon) we got is in remarkable shape. This is a somewhat lesser seen damsel in the trade, and for the new hobbyist, with a new tank looking around the store, these may be the somewhat different, super hardy fish that gets them to buy a half dozen. I always recommend damsels in multiples so they have other fish to focus on.

Lastly, (and back on the cleaning theme), our Short Supply Chain in Fiji has sent us MAC Golden Sleeper Head Gobies (Valenciennea strigata) in a couple different sizes that look great and are eating meaty foods; all the MAC sleepers take well to meaty foods. If you want something that absolutely keeps sand sparkling clean, these can not be beat.