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Bob's Picks

Just a reminder as we enter the last two weeks prior to the Holiday interlude, that Mother Nature is beginning her annual winter display. If you are expecting any inclement weather conditions, we definitely suggest that you inform your Customer Service Representative, so together you can schedule your shipment to avoid any possible mishaps. Something else to consider is to monitor your water temperatures on arrival, even if you are residing in one of the more southern temperature regions. Frequently, your shipment will transit through a cold weather region but the time there could be relatively short so the amount of temperature control used can be tricky.

Ultimately our goal is provide your specimens with the absolute least amount of stress during transit and rapid temperature fluctuation is one parameter we want to minimize as much as possible. However, delays do happen, so in the event your shipment does get chilled remember to bring the temperature back up gradually. This can be done by opening the boxes in a darkened room to allow the bags to acclimatize to room temperature prior to floating or opening into your acclimation receptacles.

The skillful handling of a shipment that has been delayed or exposed to temperature extremes in order to curtail stress can make all of the difference in the world. As always, utilize your Customer Service Representative as a resource to assist you in being as successful as possible.


This week we have the rare opportunity to offer a fish that to our knowledge has never been seen before in North America. We have 2 aquacultured Blue Maze Angels (Chaetodontoplus cephalareticulatus). There is a very small number of these available, so what we have is probably what we will get.

On the less limited, but still very cool front, we have an excellent supply of Laboute's Fairy Wrasses (Cirrhilabrus laboutei) from one of our Short Supply Chain vendors. They are in spectacular shape. There are also some males available.

We also have some very nice Starki Damsels (Chrysiptera starcki). These are stunningly colored and all are eating well.

On the invert side of the house we have a few extremely nice Aquacultured Acanthanstrea echinata (Acanthastrea echinata) in a good variety of coloration.

From our Reefhab collection, we have some very healthy Cloverfield Acan Lord Frags (Acanthastrea lordhowensis). These have unbelievable polyp extension and all are sporting multiple heads.

For everyone looking for a starfish that is a bit different, we have a limited supply of Komodo Rainbow Stars (Gomophia gomophia) that are in great shape. These will definitely turn some heads.