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Bob's Picks

Have you ever looked at a stocklist from any wholesale operator and scratched your head, wondering how big is that fish labeled as Medium? Chances are, if you do any purchasing of livestock for your store, you have. In terms of sizing a fish, I realize that small, medium and large have well overstayed their welcome in the marine trade. To really establish any consistency in size it should be done in inches or centimeters, this way you take out the subjective nature of sizing.

Weve always embraced the phrase Get what you expect and now we make it easier for you to do just that. Weve released a new Beta Online Ordering system which among of other great features, shows you what the approximate size is in inches for all of the fish we sell. When you roll over an item a graphic will pop up and underneath it will show you just how big you can expect that fish to be. We measure the fish based on fork length, i.e. the distance from the tip of the jaw or tip of the snout with closed mouth to the center of the fork in the tail. On our larger sizes we are starting to list the actual median fork length where it will not stress out the specimen too much.

We hope that you all will take a moment and use the Beta version of our online ordering system and check out this great new feature. We think you will love it!


We have a limited number of Striated Anglerfish (Antennarius striatus) that are in a very usable, tank friendly size. These healthy guys won't last long.

Also on the limited, really cool front, we have some small and medium sized Mappa Pufferfish (Arothron mappa). We don't often see them this small, and these are eating well and are adjusting nicely.

We also have some small Aquacultured Banggai Cardinals (Pterapogon kauderni). These are eating flake and pellet food and look amazing.

On the invert front, we have a great selection of Green Starburst Polyp Pachyclavularia sp) on hand right now. For every person who comes in your store looking for an easy, colorful, fast growing coral, Starburst is hard to beat.

We also have a very good selection of Bluberry Gorgonian (Acalycigorgia sp.) right now. These are showing that amazing powder blue coloration and excellent polyp extension.

Our most recent shipment of Aquacultured Pearl Bubble Coral (Physogyra lichtensteini) came through exceptionally healthy. It's no surprise to see good product from our vendors, but these are even better than usual.