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Bob's Picks

Here at Quality Marine we do our utmost to provide our animals with optimal water quality parameters and are continually searching out ways to do the job even better. Not only do we employ the latest technology to continuously monitor our water quality, we also perform a slew of water chemistry tests daily. The importance of keeping a finger on the pulse of our life support systems is obvious, but this also extends to our shipping water and incoming water line. Sometimes even the slightest deviation in the water composition could easily be overlooked if we didn't strictly adhere our standard regimen.

The health and well-being of our animals is our priority and by having proper redundancy in our protocols we can make sure nothing slips through the cracks. Our computerized monitoring systems allow us to have up to the minute information on the overall performance of all our systems and in the case of an after hours emergency key personnel are notified of any parameters that approach a level of concern. On top of that our rigorous maintenance schedules ensure that all methods of filtration that we employ are operating at peak efficiency. QM goes the extra mile, in every avenue we can think of to ensure our animals get the best care, so you get the best animals.

This week we saw some really cool wrasses come in, and I can't help but make them a theme. The Mexican Rock Rainbow Wrasses (Thalassoma lucasanum) are just brilliantly colored. All are in robust health and eating well. This is a less common Thalassoma wrasse in the hobby and will turn some heads in the shop.

Next up, is a Short Supply Chain Hooded Bathyphilus Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus bathyphilus) and these are in amazing shape. We also have some females available. Our web editor just wrote a species spotlight article on them here.

I would be remiss if I didn't bring up the SSC Male Laboute Wrasses (Cirrhilabrus laboutei) which are plain old amazing. This is one of my favorite "fairy" wrasses anyway, based on hardiness, temperament, and stunning good looks; the males are one step better.

If you've never seen a Blood Red Sea Lilly Star (Heterometra sp.) you are missing out. Stop missing out, these things are show stoppers. Feed them a planktonic food like Pro-Coral Reef Snow to keep them lively and happy.

If you have aiptasia, we have Monaco "Aiptasia-eating" Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata seticaudata). Problem solved. However, do not put these in tanks with Yellow Polyps or other desirable colonial anemones as the shrimp will eat them (we tested it). Zoanthids and Palys were fine.

Also on the cultured front, we have been getting some very nice healthy Dented Brains, and the Red Dented Brain Corals (Symphyllia sp.) are really standing out with big fleshy mantles and great coloration. These things will take really big meals, and should be fed at least weekly.