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Bob's Picks

There are a number of legal issues currently being proposed that if enacted will heavily impact the Marine Ornamental Industry. One of which is the NOAA recommendation to list 66 coral species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This proposal is now entering the 90 day period for public comment after which a final decision will be made. If enacted the result could be more far reaching than just the regulation of the 66 species listed. The Ornamental Fishery in Hawaii is another problematic area as our industry continues to battle with legal challenges and opposition to the harvest of Marine Ornamental animals in Hawaii.

Now, more than ever, our industry from importers, retail operators, public aquarists, and hobbyists need to join together and collectively support the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC). PIJAC has formally developed a Marine Ornamental Industry Subcommittee. The focus of this Subcommittee will be on developing a variety of initiatives that will help evolve, validate, legitimize, and ultimately protect the future of our trade. Please take the opportunity to join PIJAC and pledge support for the Marine Ornamentals Action Fund so the educational hobby we have come to love so much can be available for generations to come.

For more information or to show support for our trade by becoming a PIJAC member, please visit the PIJAC website at

We just got in an amazing assortment of Aquacultured Acropora (Acropora sp) that are brilliantly colored with good polyp extension. These will make excellent additions for the customers coming back to the store with their shiny new gift certificates burning a hole in their pocket in the next few weeks.

In the coming weeks there will be a good number of new tanks being set up, and all of them will have diatoms blooms, so I wanted to point out that we have a very good number of Conehead Astrea Eater Snails (Astraea tecta) in stock that will take care of that stuff quick. While these always do well here, the last few batches we have gotten have performed exceptionally so.

We have an excellent supply of 3 Spot Domino Damsels (Dascyllus trimaculatus) in stock. These are a stupendous beginner fish. Durable, stark colors, very active and with a low price tag. Having several in a display makes for an active and attractive show.

TheSmall and Medium Humu Picasso Triggers (Rhinecanthus aculeatus) are in stellar shape, and this is another very durable fish that really grabs the eye.

Staying with that eye-popping theme, our Short Supply Chain in Fiji just sent us a bunch of MAC Coral Beauty Angels (Centropyge bispinosus) that are in the classic SSC MAC shape and have the fijian coloration, which tends to be slightly more orange. These fit right into our list of durable, and stunning fishes.