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Bobs Picks

Everyone needs to do a little spring cleaning and your aquariums are no exception! For most of us regular maintenance goes without saying as it is a practice born from experience. It is more of our peripheral equipment that pretty much gets forgotten when our days get full. For instance when was the last time the lamps were replaced in your Ultraviolet sterilizer? Or when were the quartz sleeves cleaned for that matter? For those of you that experience blistering summer temperatures it might be a good idea to ensure your chiller is operating properly better to find out now rather than in the middle of a mid-summer heat wave. I have heard more than one horror story of equipment failure because the owner was away on vacation and the aquarium sitter knew the basics but when it came down to something more complex, it went badly. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

What about the interior of your aquarium? As things warm up and the days get longer its not uncommon for many to experience different levels of algal blooms so making sure your population of reef janitors is adequate might not be a bad idea. We always have a full inventory of algae grazers from hermit crabs to snails to Surgeonfish. We also have a large assortment of specimens to tend to those of you with a sand bed to some degree or another. We've got some great offers on "clean up" specimens coming up so be sure to touch base with your Customer Service Representative to get the full scoop.

We just got in a few gorgeous fish that we haven't had in stock in while, the Juvenile Xanthotis Angel (Apolemichthys xanthotis). We have a couple with adult coloration as well. All of these are in flawless shape, eating well, but there aren't very many.

From one of our Short Supply Chains in the central Pacific, we have a good supply of Helfrichi Firefish (Nemateleotris helfrichi). These are in stellar condition and eating just about everything we throw in with them. This is the Helfrichi you want.

Our MAC partner in Fiji sent us a really nice batch of SSC Scarlet Pinstripe Wrasses (Pseudocheilinus evanidus). These are a very hardy wrasse that is just beautiful under the right lighting. They're very useful for the extensive variety of potential aquarium pests that they consume. These are small specimens, perfect for that nano display, but hardy enough for your bigger displays too.

On the invert side of the house, we have a very diverse selection of aquacultured clams here right now, and the Multicolored Crocea clams (Tridacna crocea) are exceptional. Great health, good colors and a wild selection of patterns.

Also on the Aquacultured invert theme, we have a small number of absolutely gorgeous Green w/Purple Center Honeycomb (Diploastrea heliopora). These are in amazing shape and the colors are jaw dropping. Don't miss these.

Once in a while, you find a coral that has a name that just about ruins it. The Colonial Sea Mat (Zoanthid sp) is just such a coral. We have a few in stock right now. This is a gorgeous hardy zoanthid polyp that isn't seen all that often, has great color patterns. Don't be afraid to check these out.