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The Picks

I was looking over our selection of WYSIWYG corals today and it got me to thinking about the industry terms Ultra, Premium, Select and so on. These terms are frequently very subjective. Just like everything subjective, something I think is amazing, you might assess to be just alright or vice versa. Further confounding the already somewhat confusing nomenclature is the color shift that can happen to coral due to a number of outside influences.

Stress can cause a shift in coloration whether it be from shipping, water quality, temperature, etc. Variances in lighting like power, coloration and even source; be it LEDs or Halides or fluorescents or some combination of the above can really vary a corals appearance. Some corals can lose or gain substantial coloration in a very short time of being fed, or being deprived of food.

To take this to another level we are starting to see different color morphs of cultured marine fish coming to the forefront and many of these same descriptive terms are now being applied to them as well. Given the uniqueness of every piece of coral and even cultured fish coloration its easy to see how in our efforts to highlight something special there is still a huge part that hinges on the component of human perception.

In a nutshell we have become a pretty adept group of aquarists and its really starting to show. This is such an awesome development as it shows me how much our industry and hobby has evolved over the last 30 years.

We just received some seriously amazing Orange Tube Anemones (Cerianthus sp.) though I honestly think we should call this batch the "Nuclear Pink Tube Anemones". The color on these is just boggling.

We have an extremely nice batch of show size Blonde Streamer Naso Tangs (Naso elegans) form an excellent Short Supply Chain that are just unbelievable. Long flowing streamers and stark coloration in super nice condition.

Also from Short Supply Chains, the Achilles Tangs (Acanthurus achilles) here are a perfect medium size. These are in excellent condition and eating well.

From our outstanding Aquacultured Fish selection, this week th Aquacultured True Black Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) are really standing out. They are very healthy, we have an excellent supply of them, and we have some excellent lot pricing. Get in on this.