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Bob's Picks

As we move closer to the first day of summer, we need to remember the impact high temperatures have on the overall health of our charges. Increasing temperatures has a pronounced effect on the metabolism of cold-blooded animals; they are more active, eat more and digest faster. Their immune systems are under more stress because warmer temps are more conducive to higher bacterial levels. Temperature also has a reverse correlation with dissolved oxygen concentrations, as temps go up, dissolved O2 goes down.

Another thing to watch for is heat emanation from your equipment; it should obviously be kept to an absolute minimum as you will expend less money in energy and cooling. More energy efficient equipment can sometimes pay for itself in a relatively short period of time. Paying careful attention to your system in these rising temperatures can pay big dividends; that chiller that didnt have to run all winter may be full of dust and not running very well, or at all! With a little planning and preventative action, many disastrous events can be avoided altogether. You know as well as we do that, without fail, many of those have to fix right this minute problems happen when you are least prepared and most inconvenienced.

From our Fiji MAC certified Short Supply Chain we are getting in some very nice Hypselosoma Stocky Pink Anthias (Pseudanthias hypselosoma). These feed quite heartily and have a beautiful pastel coloration with blood red markings.

Another great item from our Fiji MAC SSC is the Bicolor Foxface (Siganus uspi). These are the perfect size for those looking for something out of the ordinary in algae control.

From Sumatra we have a limited number of Black Spot Surgeonfish (Acanthurus bariene) in assorted larger sizes. These would make an awesome addition to larger sized reef displays and they are displaying exceptional coloration.

We have a super selection of Short Tentacle Plate Corals (Fungia sp.) from our Australian and Central Pacific supply lines. Take your pick from Purples, Greens, Oranges or some eye-popping multicolor variants.

Our Indonesian supply line sent over a great shipment of Aquacultured Metallic Green Torch Corals (Euphyllia glabrescens). These come from one of the great mariculture projects in Bali and look fantastic.