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Bob's Picks

As some of you may be aware Quality Marine will be distributing the Resplendent Pygmy Angel Hybrid (Centropyge resplendens X argi) produced by Reef Culture Technology (RCT). It is mind boggling how much time and dedication this sort of endeavor demands.

The ability to produce and rear Centropyge in captivity is nothing new and has been going on for quite some time. What has not changed in the equation is production cost. It still takes an immense amount of effort just to get the fish to an acceptable size.

After having had the opportunity to see first hand what goes into this process, I can comfortably say that our industry is unfortunately still a ways off from seeing this becoming scalable. To this day we still get requests for the tank raised Flame Angels (Centropyge loriculus) we offered quite a few years ago. What keeps this from happening is production costs. The cost of producing a captive bred Centropyge is too great compared to a wild caught - it's reminiscent of the pioneering efforts to produce Clownfish commercially.

The real challenge for now is sustaining these aquaculture efforts until a commercially cost effective procedure is discovered. Quality Marine recognizes this challenge and wants to do all we can to support the advancement of this and other aquaculture efforts. We only will be getting a very limited amount of the new Resplendent Pygmy Hybrids, and so we are going to do a special promotion with them. We are going to put them up for auction, and then the majority of the profits from their sale will go back to the Aquaculture facility. Be sure and check in with your Sales Rep if you want to get in on this.

Also on that same aquacultured dwarf angelfish front, we also have some aquacultured Flame Back Angels. These extremely limited availability fish are in good health, so get them quick.

There is an amazing selection of very healthy Kuteri Wrasses (Macropharyngodon kuiteri) in stock right now. These are a favorite around here among wrasses in that genus.

We currently have a good selection of Pelvic Spot Cryptic Wrasses (Pseudocheilinops ataenia). This hardy little wrasse is a terrific pest eater. They can be aggressive with other small fish, so be careful what you house them with.

We got an excellent looking group of Aquacultured Blue Eyed Green Flowerpot Corals (Gonipora sp) this week. They are exhibiting excellent polyp extension and are very healthy.

We also some really cool Aquacultured Yellow Tip Torch Corals (Euphyllia glabrescens) from the same facility. They have a much different coloration than most euphyllia and will definitely stand out in your display.