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Bob's Picks

I was visiting my local fish store this week and the topic came up of how many hobbyists actually utilize quarantine protocols with their new arrivals. I believe that the age old practice of quarantining new arrivals has become a highly underutilized practice which is unfortunate, because it could go a long ways toward preventing a major headache. Obviously the excitement of acquiring the long awaited new addition and seeing it happily residing in ones aquarium many times overshadows the possibility of an unpredictable problem.

Something to keep in mind is that pretty much all major public aquariums have their own standardized quarantine process for any new inhabitants. Trying to treat any problems that may arise especially in large display aquariums are difficult to administer at best. Add in the sensitive nature of most invertebrates and the degree of complexity is multiplied. As the old saying goes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and is so appropriate when applied to the practice of quarantine.

The investment made in a basic quarantine aquarium when compared to the overall value of a well stocked reef aquarium is money well spent. Not only does the time spent in quarantine allow for most pathogens to appear it also affords the aquarist the opportunity to visually inspect the new addition with ease. By providing some basic habitat stress is reduced and a vigorous feeding regimen can be employed so your new arrival will be in robust health when the time comes to be introduced to the main display. Another area that sometimes is overlooked with new arrivals is the territorial response of the established inhabitants. The quarantine period can go a long ways to ensure your new inhabitant is in tip top shape.

We just got a shipment of Aquacultured Aiptasia Eating Monaco Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata seticaudata) and while we have a good number of them, they never last long, so get an order in if you want some. Like most aquacultured shrimp, they are small, so don't be afraid to order a few more than you usually would.

Our Aquacultured Derasa Clams (Tridacna derasa) are really looking good and we have a great selection.

From our Reefhab line, we have some very colorful Reefhab Meteor Shower Cyphastrea (Cyphastrea sp.) that are totally healed up and ready to go. These are excellent, but the quantity is limited.

This last week we got a shipment of Passer Angels (Holacanthus passer) from one of our Short Supply Chains. They are now acclimated, are eating, and are ready to go. We have a great selection of sizes, and a good number of show size specimens.

For those of you looking for something completely different, our Aquacultured Pompano (Trachinotus sp.) eat like little piranhas. Their high activity level, and chrome coloration make them definitely something different than your usual aquacultured stock.

From our Short Supply Chain in Fiji, we have a few very bright yellow/orange Juvenile MAC Orange Shoulder Tangs (Acanthurus olivaceus) that are in the shape you expect from MAC fish. There isn't a huge number of them, but the ones we have are really bright and happy.