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Bob's Picks

So far we have followed the journey of our marine specimens from collection, their transport back to the boat, the ride back to shore (plus the sometimes intermediate stop at a holding station) to their arrival at the export station. As we discussed last week the varying levels of life-support, screening procedures and husbandry protocols employed by exporters all add to an already intricate puzzle.

There are generally two basic lines of thinking when it comes to exporters are they consolidators or catch-to-order exporters?

Consolidators either purchase their specimens from local fishermen and/or employ their own collectors. Usually this type of arrangement is employed in regions where there are vast distances between collection areas and an international airport. This type of operation often yields a more extensive species mix, but the travel time from collection area to exporter could be measured in days. There is also much less control over the number of heads collected and husbandry practices. These types of exporters commonly rely on having a large number of clients in order to maintain their operation.

Catch-to-order exporters have their own teams of collectors with specific species to catch and in desired quantities. These are be smaller operations with much more attention paid to detail and strict husbandry practices. Travel time from collection area to exporter is usually measured in hours. There is much more guidance in the number of heads collected and more rigorous quality control. The more focused collection areas are often limited in local species diversity.

Where possible Quality Marine prefers to utilize exporters who practice the catch-to-order philosophy, most of whom are Short Supply Chain vendors. With better husbandry methods and fewer hands touching the product, from the point of collection to when they arrive at the export facility, less stress is imparted on the fish which affords them better health for the rest of journey be that to a retail store and a hobbyists tank, or a public aquarium.

This week we have some excellent False Personifer Angels (Chaetodontoplus meredithii) that are a perfect size (5.25 -6.25) for most tanks. We don't see these in this size very often so take advantage while you can.

This week we received a very nice batch of Juvenile Chevron Tangs (Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis). These have acclimated well and are feeding heartily.

On the immensely cool and extremely limited front, we have just a couple Yellow Leaf Fish (Taenianotus triacanthus). These are an amazing yellow color and are sure to turn some heads in your shops.

Every time I turn around here, someone is saying "these are amazing" about our Tube Anemones (Cerianthus sp). If you like wierd Non-PhotoSynthetic (NPS) animals, these are hard to beat. We have them in a few different colors.

A few of you will be lucky enough to pick up some of the Encrusting Montiporas (Montipora sp) that we have here right now. There are a couple very nice large ones in a variety of colors, from your basic greens or purples, to yellow with purple polyps and vice versa (often called "lakers" montis in the trade). There on our floor right now, but they won't be there very long.

There is a good selection of Anemone Crabs (Neopetrolisthes sp) here right now. These photogenic little fellas do well in anemone tanks and nano tanks. They'll also live in just about any coral you put them with.