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Vietnam Zoanthids

Vietnam Zoanthids


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May 18, 2022

Kupang corals will be arriving to LAX on May 25th ...

Kupang Photos


(Acropora photos are already showing on the availability list & photos.)





May 5, 2022

Kupang corals will be arriving to LAX on May 11th ...

Kupang Photos


We expect acropora photos to be available soon.





April 28, 2022

Tonga is now back open and will be shipping soon!

Please see the following page for a link to a new .pdf list ...

Tonga Corals





April 21, 2022

Hi fish friends,

Hope all are well and your fish are fat!

There will be a Kupang corals shipment arriving to LAX on April 27th, please see the following page for photos of some of the available corals ...

Kupang - April 27th


Currently, the Philippines and Bali areas fish and inverts are shipping with Wednesday arrivals to LAX, Thursday to you. If ordering, it's best to have your list completed by Thursday or Friday. We often get a last minute update on Thursday night or Friday. If any adjustments need to be made, we can get them sorted out before our order cut-off on Saturday afternoon. Fiji fish arrive on Tuesdays to LAX, Wednesday to you.

The Tahiti tang man is out on a three island tour, we hope he's getting some Black Tangs! Have your order standing if you want one, or Achilles and White-tailed Kole. Vietnam's next ship date remains unknown, my guess is it'll be a couple of weeks at least.

We have another guy in Kenya who has worked with the regular Kenya people that seems to be more responsive to working with us. He can send some soft corals, for instance, that the big guy just won't bother with. The big dude wants to sell $50-100K sharks and not little fish. So, the next updated list on our .pdf page will be new, though much looks the same. There will be some new items on it, and more to come. We presume there will be a shipment in a couple of weeks or so. In the past, they've had some great zoas and shrooms. I am sure the coral boxes will have some other fees like CITES permits and will weigh a lot more than fish boxes. So expect boxes of them to cost about a hundred dollars or two more than a fish box on the inbound per box charges.

Sri Lanka is currently off-line due to an economic and political crisis.

Tonga is still off-line since the volcanic eruption.

Tonga Undersea Eruption

Here are some new customer photos you might like ... Annularis Angels, Achilles Tang and others ...

Customer Photos '22


Happy fishin'!
~birdfish





March 23, 2022

Kupang corals will be arriving to LAX on March 30th ...

Kupang - March 30





March 9, 2022

First, the big news is that there are finally once again direct flights from Bali to LAX. So, it is no longer a two-day pack time -- it's back to the old one-day as it was before. So we are lifting our previous 'do not buy' advice. New lists are up for Bali Nusa and Irian Jaya fish now. There is high demand since many things there have not been very easily available recently and stock turnover seems high.


Marine Livestock .pdf Lists



Kupang is shipping again for March 16 to LAX, new pics and list are up. We expect acropora to be added to the list soon.

Kupang March 16 Photos



The EU has disallowed any wrasses to so much as pass through in a sealed box. This is a problem with shipments like Kenya that went through Germany. Now arrangements are being made for it to go through Heathrow in the U.K., so they can still ship wrasses to us! Trying for next Wed. the 16th to LAX.

Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Kenya, are on average once a month for shipments. Fiji and Cebu are weekly. Tonga of course is over and out since the volcano. There has not been much for Australia, there was a stop for a survey, and things have not gotten back to normal since then.

Call or e-mail if you have any questions about scheduling or need a list. Generally the .pdf page has usable lists.

Spring is on the way!

~birdfish



February 25, 2022

Acropora have been added to the Kupang availabilities ...

Kupang Acropora - March 2


February 22, 2022

Kupang corals will be arriving to LAX on March 2nd ...

Kupang March 2 Photos





February 10, 2022

Hi fish folks,

We generally give politics a wide berth here as regular readers know, there isn't any. However there is an issue currently before the U.S. Senate that could completely change the tropical fish hobby and business as we know and love it. This is not hyperbole, the fish hobby and biz is in critical danger.

Please consider checking out the link below to find out more, or what you can do. Contacting your Senators is the stage we are at now, like right now, as this has passed the House. Thanking you in advance for your kind consideration.

2022 Lacey Act Info

~birdfish



February 9, 2022

Kupang corals will be arriving to LAX on February 16th ...

Kupang Feb. 16th Photos



January 28, 2022

We apologize for the delay as we awaited the Kupang acropora availabilities!
Please see the following for photos & details ...

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)




January 26, 2022

Kupang corals will be arriving to LAX on February 2nd ...

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)




January 20, 2022

Manado corals will be arriving to LAX on January 30th, a current list can be found as a link on the following pages ...

Manado Corals

Marine Livestock .pdf Lists



January 13, 2022

Additional corals and acropora have now been added to the Kupang pages shown below.

January 11, 2022

Kupang corals will be arriving to LAX on January 19th ...

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)




January 6, 2022

Hi fish friends,

Hope you all had happy holidays with plenty of cheer! Shipping has been a disaster out of LAX for the last ten days or so. Some shippers have been picking shipments back up that couldn't go out, starting two days before Christmas. It is supposed to be caught up and sorted out by the end of the week. Toss on the airport closures due to the storms and 20 thousand cancelled flights, whoo boy!

A Kupang shipment came in on Jan. 5th, so the next one will probably be Jan. 19th. There may be another Indo shipment coming in about the same time. Tonga is scheduled to arrive LAX on Tues. or Wed., Jan 11-12th. They were getting prepared to ship for this week, but it was cancelled due to the post-holiday shipping situation. Vietnam does not have a date set yet for their next shipment as they have some serious freight space issues.

In fish, Fiji and Cebu are back on regular weekly shipments and will come in next week. Fiji will be Tues. to LAX, Wed. to you. Kenya and Cebu are Wed. to LAX, Thurs. to you. Sri Lanka is getting their boxes together for their next shipment, so get your order in if you want some in a week or two!

There will be more Tahiti maxima clams Jan. 18th to LAX, but no fish yet. They still have issues intra-island, getting to and from the outer islands where the good tangs are.

Happy New Year!
~birdfish


Tahiti Clams Photos






December 29, 2021

Additional corals and acropora have now been added to the Kupang pages shown below.

Have a Happy New Year!

Kupang Corals Main Page

(link to pricing pages can be found here)




December 28, 2021

Kupang corals will be arriving to LAX on January 5th ...

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)




December 21, 2021

Hi fish friends,

We wish you happy holidays and a Merry Christmas! Safe travels if you are doing that! We also would like to thank everyone for their support again! We really appreciate it!

As most of you know, getting livestock has been a whole 'nother beast this last year without regularly scheduled air service for much of the Pacific. You have to place orders and wait for them to get a shipment out. Everything is on charter flights with freight rates doubling from some places. In general, freight will be easier after the holiday season.

I just read that Bali only had 45 tourists from Jan. to Nov., losing 80% of their economy this year. No flights except for charters, so it is $20 per kilo (was $6-7) and a connection instead of direct flights, requiring about a 50 hour pack time total. It is too much and too long for how they pack. There is some little bit of flights out of Jakarta, so some Indo corals (lately) and Kupang corals (regularly) have been available that way. They will both ship in January. The inbound boxes are about $700-750 each though. Ouch. We used to sell boxes of 20 Indo corals for $400, including the corals!

Australia has been closed for coral surveys. Tonga has been having Air New Zealand and Covid problems, so after coming every three weeks for months, has not come in a couple months. We expect it to get going again in early January. Fiji remains closed for corals to the U.S. They have been shipping soft corals to the EU and Asia. Their softies are not all that great anyway, it is the Acros we want. Vietnam softies have been every month or so as they can get freight space out. Great zoas and shrooms.

In fish all the Bali areas are offline presently. Which includes Irian Jaya. Philippines Cebu is good for lots of variety and inverts. The best fish are Kenya and Sri Lanka. I.O. fish. Same as it ever was. Powder Blues that live. Fiji is good too, and likewise all hand and net caught. We lost Hawai'i this year for fish. No flights from the Marshalls so all that stuff has been unavailable too. Tahiti has been shipping some Black, Achilles, and White-tailed Kole Tangs, as well as their great Maxima clams. Gem Tang has been what I would call fairly available this year which was nice to see for a change. But no Yellows!

So now you are up to speed on the current situations. Send an e-mail if you want to receive a weekly or so e-mail with an excel file with lists and schedule news.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Have GREAT holidays!

~birdfish



December 7, 2021

Kupang corals will be arriving to LAX on December 15th ...

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)




November 10, 2021

Hi fish friends,

Hope all are doing well and your heaters worked when you plugged them back in. Just a quick update on things going on, and not, out in the fish and coral Indo-Pacific.

Most of the island sources remain without scheduled air service and all are charter flights only, which is very expensive. Bali freight is now $18 per kilo, up from $8. Repeat all over the world. We are hoping when scheduled air service returns, the rates will go back down. At the present, air freight is the only way to get anything to the U.S. to sell before Christmas, so space is being bid up by industries that never use air freight. Chaos ensues. Order early, with a large helping of patience please.

Australia is all but closed for some coral surveys. Vietnam soft corals, Kupang with all types of corals, and Kenya fish are all booked to arrive next week, last chance to order for these shipments is now. Fiji and Cebu are weekly and both have good fish. Sri Lanka is coming every few weeks as they can get space, also with great fish. The Kenya fish are outstanding. Vietnam is great for shrooms and zoas, and Kupang for Acros and LPS, lots of good corals there, but a bit pricey. Tonga has not been able to get a shipment out in a couple of months, Covid finally got there this fall. There is some Australia in tanks in L.A. which is currently not shown on the website, so please inquire if interested.

Send me an email if you need any lists!

~birdfish


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November 9, 2021

Kupang corals will be arriving to LAX on November 17th ...

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)




October 13, 2021

Kupang corals will be arriving to LAX on October 20th ...

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)




August 18, 2021

A Kupang shipment will be arriving August 25th ... orders need to be received by Friday, Aug. 20!

Photos can be seen on the following page ...

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)




There will be a shipment coming in next week from Australia, the .pdf page is now available here ...

Australia Tranship



August 12, 2021

Hi fish friends,

An update on the happenings (and not) out in the South Pacific and Indo-Pacific.

The airline that has been the lifeline throughout the Indo-Pacific islands during the pandemic, China Air, is not flying to Bali right now, so there is currently nothing coming out of that area.

For the Philippines, Cebu is coming via Emirates Air and Dubai! It is almost two days pack time to LAX and so not 'nearly perfect' as usual and there are always a few doa now.

The best fish are Indian Ocean, Kenya and Sri Lanka. Kenya and Sri Lanka are long trips, but the fish are packed well for it, and almost no doas in every 25 box shipment. There are fewer fish per box, but good sizes and the best health and quality.

Fiji has been shipping nearly weekly. And, their cultured live rock is looking good!

Tahiti has been once a month or so, when there is a charter flight with maxima clams, Black, Achilles, and White-tail Kole Tangs.

Kupang is off and on, sometimes only premade assortment boxes, other times 'a la carte' ordering is available. This is because CITES has been a can of worms and Manado has not been able to ship lately because of it.

Vietnam is once a month or so when they can get a flight. Tonga is the same. They have both been excellent to outstanding. For both, you have to have your order in and be waiting, as when they announce a ship date it is sold out in a day or two. We just have time enough to fine tune it. Neither of them ever send new lists. Tonga has the best wild Acropora boxes, a dozen big whole colonies per box. The Euphys there are pretty nice too.

Australia has been offline a bit, one of the northern Oz guys might getting a shipment together soonish.

There is still essentially no scheduled international air service for many places. It remains all charter flights only everywhere and freight space is bid (bribed) for, it is so limited. We are constantly being hit with freight surcharges per box, most of which we are just eating to keep your pricing steady as can be in calamity and chaos.

As mentioned in the previous update, most of the fish sources are shipping at reduced salinity to help with longer pack times. Test your shipment when it arrives and match your acclimation water. Most will be anywhere from 1.018 to 1.020-21, but any might be lower or higher. Have some reduced salinity water, extra freshwater, and salt ready to go for acclimation to make any needed final adjustments before acclimating.

As a rule, far over 90% of the lists are always the same. Some places that don't ever send new lists are Tonga and Sri Lanka. Kenya does sometimes, but it will be 95% the same, and the same goes for Fiji. It is the same fish at each source for a few decades now. Usually the .pdf pages will have a current usable list for an order for any given source.

Don't hesitate to holler or drop a line if you have any questions.

~birdfish





May 20, 2021

Hi friends,

Here's what's new ...

There are supposed to be new 2021 CITES permits and quotas issued soon for the Indo quadrant, which includes Bali and all the other islands in that area. Kupang has been the only regular source the last few months for Indo area corals, every few weeks. They bought all the unused quotas everyone had left over and have been putting together shipments, which are great. Australia has been all but dead lately. We suggest Tonga, though they are slow, the corals are fantastic! Vietnam still wins for shrooms and zoas, great rocks on the last few shipments.

Greatly affecting everything and anything, there continues to be mainly chartered air service (with higher freight rates, of course!), with little to no regular international scheduled flights. Many sites are once a month now, for example Tonga or Vietnam. You have to order to have your name on the list to receive in the next shipment. Think and plan way ahead if you can, then please be patient.

Kenya and Sri Lanka have been monthly or so, and worth the wait. There have been some Tahiti fish and clam shipments with Black and Achilles Tangs. Hawai'i is over and out, and no flights from Marshalls in a year or more as well. Bali has missed a few weeks now because China Air quit flying their charters there due to the current Covid outbreak. There is scuttlebutt about Tonga collecting fish again. Cebu remains every week or so, as does Fiji.

There has been a big change in the inbound fish shipments. Pack time has increased due to various regulations and rules on charter flight shipments. Most fish shipments now are packed about 40 hours, or more, in transit from origin to LAX. The shippers have reduced salinity to increase dissolved ox in the water. The fish are now mostly coming in at about 1.018 for salinity. This means you should adjust your acclimation and QT water to this ahead of time ... best would be to acclimate them into QT and then raise it slowly over a week. Of course, acclimation water must also match. Test and match each shipment when it comes in. You have to do a proper slow drip acclimation*. Scooping water is not an acceptable method for this. They really need to go into reduced salinity QT, not straight into 1.026 after a quick acclimation. (If not prepared or set up to do this we ask you not to order fish.) When scheduled air service returns, we expect the pack times will get back down to just a day and this will change. For now this is the new program. Inbound tranship coral salinity has not been altered, they remain in open systems pumping from the sea.

There are plenty of great fish and corals to be had, you just have to be extra patient to get them. As long as your order is in, it will come in the next shipment from that source. Check out the photos for Manado or Kupang corals to see what has been coming in from there, recent links to those pages are below in earlier updates.

~birdfish





Acclimating Article





April 28, 2021

There will be a Manado coral shipment arriving to LAX on May 2nd ... a .pdf link for box selections can be found on the following page ...

Manado Corals

If you're interested, let us know as soon as possible!

Update - April 29th: This Manado shipment is now sold out

Please send us an e-mail if you wish to get on our mailing list to be notified about the next shipment.




April 27, 2021

A Kupang shipment will be arriving to LAX on May 5th.

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)




April 14, 2021

A Kupang shipment will be arriving to LAX April 21st.

Our order cut-off is April 15th ... new photos and pricing information can be found here ...

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)




March 31, 2021

A Kupang shipment will be arriving to LAX April 7th.

Our order cut-off is April 1st!!   (No fooling!!) 

Here are the new photos and pricing information ...

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)








March 17, 2021

Hi fish friends,

There is a new Kupang photo page and list for a shipment arriving at LAX March 24.

If you hurry you could get some.  

(Previous pages are no longer available, please see current Kupang list.)



We are waiting on the next Tonga and Vietnam shipments, both are pending, but it could be a week or two, or more, but we can still add orders on.

The greenhouse has some great Australia corals, clams, fancy anemones, and fish. Ask for a new list if you need one.

Fiji, Bali and Philippine fish are regular weekly to LAX, Sri Lanka every couple or few weeks.

~birdfish








February 11, 2021

Some new frags are currently available ...





Coral Frag





January 20, 2021

Hi all,

Here are some of the happenings in the fish and coral world.

Most of the scheduled air cargo service around the Pacific remains shut down and nearly all are on charter flights, which are, of course, more expensive. There are some recent increases on some things reflected in the freight per box prices.

The Philippines and Bali area fish shippers are all shipping weekly. Fiji is weekly and great quality fish. Sri Lanka has great fish, but is a bit irregular of schedule every few weeks. They often have some Red Sea fish available.

Probably the biggest news so far recently is that Hawai'i fish seems to have closed down. They are not renewing any commercial fishing permits, effectively closing the hobby trade. There are lots of fish that are endemic there, which will be largely unavailable now ... Achilles, Chevron, Yellow and Kole Tangs, Potter's Angel and Wrasse, Four-spot and frembelli Butterfly, and, for the most part, spot Teardrops in any numbers, they do show up elsewhere in low numbers (as might the odd Four-spot). Black-banded (Bandit) Angel is another Hawai'i endemic, like their Flame Wrasse. It is a major blow if you ask me. I grew up on lots of these fish. It was close, so cheap, all hand-caught, so hardy, the best Moorish Idols, sad to see it go. We presume this will not affect the Marshall Isls. fish transiting, when that becomes a thing again. Currently, Covid has them offline now. They were the main Flame Angel source.

In the coral world, most are waiting for their new 2021 CITES permits. The Indo area folk, and Vietnam, do not have them yet. It used to be allowed to ship your leftover, unused quantities at this time of year, but not any more. There is Kupang every couple of weeks or so and the following link is a great guide to get a list ready for an upcoming shipment. Most shipments are fairly similar.   

There is Tonga where you can still á la carte order. They just had a ridiculous long period when they could not ship mostly for flight scheduling reasons, but should be every couple of weeks or so again now. They have A-grade Acros, Euphys, Acans, and leathers, everything really is outstanding.    Tonga

There are occasional Bali shipments of corals, recently some have been 15 Acros and 5 assorted corals in a box, premade boxes, in other words. There were Australia corals this week into LAX, as usual with very little notice. But the 12 colonies for $1200 Acro boxes came in. You have to be ready to pounce fast to get the very short supplies nowadays.

One last reminder, no telling what might show up on the Greenhouse list, always worth keeping an eye on it.

There are lots of great corals and fish coming in now. They often require some patience, and readiness to jump, to get. There will usually be a hiccup in shipments around Chinese New Year in a couple of weeks, so plan ahead for that. It can be a week or two off for some sources.

As always, if you have any questions ... contact us!

~birdfish



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