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Bob's Picks

Staying on top of all the latest developments can be a daunting task for even the most experienced shop owner. The evolution of our hobby encompasses everything from advances in filtration & acclimation concepts to the seemingly ever-changing lighting arrays, and this is enough to track as it is. Then we have recently seen unrivaled breakthroughs in captive marine reproduction cycles. Add into the mix undiscovered species as our ability to reach previously inaccessible areas increases. These are exciting times indeed.

As the world becomes a smaller place, new discoveries become commonplace; being practically reported as they happen. Something to keep in mind is that availability does not always equal widespread accessibility. There are a number of logistical variables that need to be considered when sourcing new species and the ease with which they enter the hobby many times depends upon if there is a current distribution infrastructure already in place.

Here at Quality Marine we introduce new species as they become available and base our decisions to do so on sustainability and responsibility.


This week we got a shipment of Aquacultured Blue Devil Damsels (Chrysiptera taupou). We don't get these all that often, and when we do they are always in amazing shape with brilliant coloration.

One of our Short Supply Chains sent us a limited supply of Female Coral Sea Ventralis Anthias (Pseudanthias ventralis cf) that are stunning. There is a male here as well, these will all go very quickly so don't sleep on this.

For the first time in a long time, we currently have a good number of Giant Hawkfish (Cirrhitus rivulatus) in stock right now. Again, this is a fish that isn't here all that often, and this batch looks perfect.

For your customer that likes NPS and filter feeders, we have a few totally unbelievable Blood Red Sea Lilly (Heterometra sp.) in stock. These need target feeding with planktonic foods and a pretty stable tank, but they are completely worth the work.

We have a good stock of Lobophyllia Brains (Lobophyllia sp.) in stock with excellent, healthy mantles and amazing coloration. There are only a couple that we designated as "ultra" and you shouldn't shy away from them.

One of our aquaculture facilities sent us a very nice batch of A/C Pinwheel Zoanthids (Zoanthid sp.) that have nearly perfect coverage. There are a few other varieties in the batch that are just as nice, but the pinwheels really seemed to pop out at me.