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Bob's Picks

Last week we finished discussing the many considerations a wholesaler must take when planning the transit of incoming shipments. Once our long awaited consignment arrives and receives the proper clearance it can be picked up by the importer. Here it is of utmost importance that the shipment receives the proper treatment as the water quality parameters can fluctuate greatly depending on the amount of transit time as well as the size and type of animal. Some of your most basic water quality parameters such as temperature, pH and salinity should be checked at this time. The more measurements taken, the more informed you become about the incoming water conditions and how best to proceed with acclimating.

Techniques for acclimating shipments varies from importer to importer and can run the gamut from a tied off airline tubing into styrofoam boxes to a completely automated system that is electronically controlled. The welfare of the animals should always be the priority. Any shortcuts taken during the acclimation process usually prove detrimental to the animals in the long run, especially for shipments that have endured an extended transit period. One aspect that can unfortunately be overlooked is the impact of light shock. Acclimation areas that are too bright can be particularly stressful to your more sensitive animals. The aim is to make the acclimation process and the transition to their new aquariums as stress free as possible. Specimens that have been properly acclimatized will adapt to their new environment faster and will renew their all-important feeding response.

It is critical to have properly trained staff handling your inbound shipments as sometimes adjustments need to be made to the pace of the acclimation process, the chemistry of acclimation water, among other things depending on the response of the specimens. In addition, prophylactic treatments on arrival may be incorporated, all depending on the mindset of the importer. Once the specimens have transitioned to their new water chemistry they are moved to their holding aquariums and rested before continuing their journey to the store.

At Quality Marine, we pride ourselves on the process that we have developed for acclimating our animals. Our very experienced and dedicated staff along with our time-tested and experience-refined techniques allow us to minimize stress imparted on our fish and offer our customers the highest quality animals in the industry.

We have an excellent supply of very nice Starry Blennies (Salarias ramosus) here right now that are all acclimated and eating well.

We have a limited number of Orange Lined Adorned Wrasses (Halichoeres cosmetus) in stock right now. For customers looking for a different Halichoeres, this is the one. We only have a few, and they are a very rare item for us.

From our SSC in Fiji, we have a spectacular selection of MAC Coral Beauty Angels (Centropyge bispinosus) here. While this fish is always pretty, this batch of them is simply gorgeous.

We recently became North America's sole supplier of Aquacultured Monaco Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata seticaudata). This is a shrimp not seen in the trade before that under lab conditions has shown to be a more effective predator of aiptasia than any other kind of shrimp, while still being reef safe. Plus, they are aquacultured. We've done some substantial testing with them here in house, and I can say that they do wipe out the aiptasia very effectively.

We just received an excellent shipment of Acropora (Acropora sp) from the Central Pacific that is showing great polyp extension and is unbelievably colorful. Have your sales rep hand pick you a few of these early in the week, they won't last here long.