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April 25, 2016

Hi all,

We hope that spring green is finding you well! There are some new corals from Ambon available, which are a wee bit pricey but great. Check out the new page of photos ... Ambon Photos

There is also another new page with pics of some of the super-fancy Taiwan Zoas which are a once every couple of months or so thing. You have to be ready as we only get a week's notice when they are coming.

Taiwan Zoas Photos

Fiji Acros have been fantastic as usual, and the air-freighted real deal live rock is great! The Viet Nam zoas, shrooms, and softies have been outstanding as always too.

For fish, you can't go wrong with Kenya, they are great I.O. fish. There have lately been, every couple of weeks or so, Sumatra fish, and it is very good too. Fiji is always all hand and net-caught as well and also excellent quality fish.

Sumatra fish list can be found on our .pdf pages

We will soon have a couple of more articles up, so remember to check back and keep an eye on this updates page. One will be on how tranship corals appear on arrival, another on zoanthid toxicity. Birdfish is very busy.   ;)


April 7, 2016

Here are some recent customer comments to share with you!

"The two blueline angels are awesome ... Thank you so much for your expert service!"
Best Regards,   Alan C., S.F. Bay Area, CA

(These fish were out of the greenhouse.)
Greenhouse List

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"We got the live rock; it's in the tank. BEAUTIFUL. Thank you; I will surely contact you when I'm ready to add corals!!

It looks beautiful; lots of orange & purple on it. Some soft stuff sponges I guess and one little crab was still moving. One little clam didn't close up so in the trash; another one closed tightly; he went in the tank. TONS of dead sea stars in one box; put a few in where I can watch them to see if they come back. The rocks smelled great--no funk at all; just salty; little iodine.

All in all, I am extremely happy with what I got from y'all--excellent quality; *LOTS* of little things too numerous to name just out of the box. Can't wait to see what manifests itself over the next few months. Just like the old days!!"
Karl & Tanya P., Cleveland, OH

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"Man the rock is......stinky!! Haha, no it was great! Really, really, fresh! Overall, the rock was awesome man! Very porous, almost perfect pieces. It was covered in red, pink, orange, purple, and a little bluish coralline algae.

There were two clusters of acropora that appear just skeletons now, although one still had a purple hue. Some plate corals, and I'm pretty sure I cleaned off some dying mushroom looking coral. There are some circular green with with stripe corals that are still live but I can't identify. Several dead brittle stars, a few dead bristle worms, a couple dead crabs. There was also a few sea slug looking things, and a few unknown to me worms. All those were doa too. I am starting to see trails in the sand through the front pane, so some life is starting to stir. :)

I have been doing water changes daily...about 25-30 gallons. Taking 3-6ppm ammonia down to 1-1.5. Been cycling since Saturday. Have the salinity around 1.020-1.021 and the temp 71-73, just like you said. Have only had light on while I'm doing the water changes. I am hoping to go to every other day, or every few days here soon. I think with the next water change, I'm going to situate the rock into the places I actually want them in the tanks. I have them spread out now for circulation purposes. Thanks again for everything man!"
Jeremiah G., Louisville, KY

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"The Fiji Pukani is awesome! What impressed me the most was the size of the rock in addition to the quality. I wasn't expecting such large pieces and was very appreciative of them. I can't wait for the rocks to come-back to life to see what sprouts out of them. Thank you Mitch for making this all happen ... it was painless picking them up at the Air Cargo Terminal. I'll be happy to tell anybody that calls that you guys are the BEST! Keep up the great work!"
Willie C., Ontario, CA



March 22, 2016

Hi all!

Check out these photos that just came in from Ray U. of Maryland of some Fiji Acros he just got ...

Fiji Acropora

Fiji Acropora

Fiji Acropora


Additional new photos can be seen here ...
Fiji Acropora Photos Page


These are Tonga zoanthids from ...
Greenhouse List

Tonga Zoanthids

Tonga Zoanthids
Thanks again Ray U. for photos!



And here is a Ricordia (of a rock-full) that has been coming in the Viet Nam boxes. We can't guaranty anything specific in the mixed boxes, but lately the boxes have been having two rocks covered in these beautiful Rics.

Viet Nam Ricordea
Thanks to Robert V. of Grand Rapids, MI for his photo.

You can also see more of Robert's photos on our ...
Viet Nam Photos Page


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Here's a recently shared photo of Fiji Pukani live rock ...
Fij Pukani
Thanks to Frank C. for photo!


Fiji Acropora
Recent photo of Fiji acropora ... thanks Richard V. for pic!


March 5, 2016

Hi all!
Sorry to be slow between notes here! We've been busier than a one-eyed squid in a school of sardines.

In case you hadn't heard there was major Cyclone Winston that hit Fiji. There was lots of damage, the worst on the north of the two major islands. Here is some info about it ...

Fiji Cyclone Winston's Damage Highest in South Pacific History
Weather Page Details

Some footage of storm and aftermath, volunteers in the eye of the storm ...


Relief Efforts - Think Pacific

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Here is a note we just received a couple days ago about the air-freighted real deal live rock we get for you.

The Fiji Pukani is awesome! What impressed me the most was the size of the rock in addition to the quality. I wasn't expecting such large pieces and was very appreciative of them. I can't wait for the rocks to come-back to life to see what sprouts out of them. Thank you Mitch for making this all happen ... it was painless picking them up at the Air Cargo Terminal. I'll be happy to tell anybody that calls that you guys are the BEST! Keep up the great work!
Willie C., Ontario, CA


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Note that you have a day or a few to get any Indo live rock orders in, a shipment is scheduled for March 11 or 12 to LAX so far. It could float a few days, but it is on with a planned arrival late next week.

If you have Excel on your computer, ask for our most recent updated availabilities. Otherwise the .pdf's on our .pdf lists page are updated fairly regularly and usually still 98%+ accurate. Only the rarest items change. There is lots of great stuff coming in as usual.

I hear birds singing, spring is on the way!   :)
~birdfish



January 25, 2016

This is a new photo page featuring Viet Nam soft corals ...

Viet Nam Ultra Photos


January 13, 2016

We hope you all had a Happy New Year and enjoyed the holiday! Again, we want to thank you for your interest and support! We really appreciate it!

In general, the overseas suppliers are all on their normal schedules. Everything is coming in as usual. The MLK holiday doesn't affect shipping, but in early February there will be Chinese New Year for which some sources go off-line for a week to celebrate. March sometimes starts to have CITES issues as the prior year allotments run out.

Now is a good time to order for most places. Fiji just missed a week due to bad weather and consequent bad seas, but a rare event. Their corals and fish are great, usually every week.

So you know not to worry, we pay real close attention to weather, and of course lots of heat packs to some areas are the norm now, four to six per box if need be. We even heat pack live rock when and where neccessary. Most weeks we can get to most destinations without problem.

Just got this today ... thought you all might like it. This shipment was bumped from the direct "red eye" flight it was booked for and went out in the morning, arriving in the late afternoon, which is not uncommon, and not anything to worry about.

Randy F. from VA wrote:
Re: Bali Acro Shipment
Got back to the shop last night at 9:00 p.m. Opened the box, stuck my hand in there, the bags were cold. Thought they were all gonna be dead. Started opening bags. Bag after bag after bag, water was crystal clear, coral full of color, 100% survival. These coral did not shed any zoanthellae. My last Bali order same thing. Late Monday evening pick up, and 100% survival, lots of color. Bali travels well. I got 22 pcs. Don't know what you substituted but it was a very good box. I'm happy, and a little tired today! Thanks Mitch


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The above note is fairly typical of the results we get.  :)
~ birdfish


December 10, 2015

Hi all,

Just a quick note about shipping schedules as we approach the holidays.

The week prior to Christmas is the hard week to ship. Besides the additional passenger load of holiday travelers, the U.S. Mail load is heavy with cards, and mail takes precedence over fish shipments. The week in between Christmas and New Year's is usually fine with no problems, all the people and mail have moved already. New Year's falling on a Friday is good as most will have travelled back home by that Sunday Jan. 3rd, and so that shouldn't be a big problem either. Order cutoffs will still be the Thursday prior to those holidays, on the "Eves," but earlier is better before the suppliers split for the holiday.

We do not yet know which shippers will be closing when though. Some do take a week or two off, often between Christmas and New Year's, and or the week after New Year's Day. So, often a source or two will be off-line a week or two. There are often are alternatives too, so inquire.

Actually, Ramadan later in January and the Chinese New Year just after that, often have some Indo sources shut down for a week or two. We will post when we know if a key source is going off-line for a holiday break.

We did get a few hundred pounds of some awesome fresh Fiji live rock in this week and by all accounts it was spectacular. We don't know when the next shipment will be yet, be prepared to wait a bit, but it will be more than worth it. It is limited, so best to place your order to be in line.

Here is a note we just received Wednesday, Dec. 9th:
"The rock is fantastic. Great shapes, unbelievable colors. I am very happy with the rock. It is just like Vanuatu. Thank you for getting it for me on such short notice."   - Terry L. from PHX.
Terry is what I would call a live rock connoisseur. He knows his live rock inside-out, has had every kind they ever made, and calls it like it is.   ;)

Happy Holidays!
~ birdfish




November 25, 2015

Hi all,

We want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a great holiday! Don't gobble too much turkey!
(Whoever figured out how good cranberries went with turkey deserves the Medal of Freedom IMHO.)

In some wet news ... Fiji Acropora and the nano boxes (which are big smalls) are coming in great. There is a hiccup in the air-freight fresh Fiji live rock supply momentarily, which should be fixed any day now. Indo live rock is off-line presently and the Fiji Pukani has been better the last several months anyway. Shoot us an e-mail if you want any fish or coral lists.

Mostly, we are thankful for all the great folks that have supported us over the years! You! We have the best customers in the world. I mean cool people, nice people, real people, good people. We thank you very much!

Have a GREAT Thanksgiving!
~ birdfish




November 4, 2015

There are some beautiful Cocos Island Maxima clams
in the greenhouse right now, but probably not for long!
They can be included with any coral or fish order.
Cocos Islands Maxima - 2.5-3" - $75.00


Coco Clams
Cocos Islands Clams
(sorry about the surface motion blurr)


Coco Clams Coco Clams


October 26, 2015

Sorry we've been too busy to keep up on all fronts! We thought you might like to see some comments received this past month regarding various shipments. If you are wondering about Fiji Acros, Jakarta WYS, Kupang, Fiji Pukani live rock, Viet Nam boxes, here are other's words on them...

Re: Jakarta WYS - Oct. 19th
"The corals are being acclimated now. They look to be ok for the most part. I think I got about 90% of things that I really wanted. Subs are great too though. Got a notice from paypal the the refund has been issued to my card (for the difference in estimate and received). Thank you for your great service!! Much appreciated. Very happy with the corals and the whole experience over all. Not all zoas opened up last night so I can't wait to get home and check them out. I service a couple of reef tanks and supply the owners with a few frags here and there but with these newly acquired beauties I should be able to take my coral farm to a new level as well. Once I recover some of the cost of the last order I'll be looking to add more variety.
Thank you so much!!"
Val G., Denver, CO

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Re: Kupang - Oct. 19th
"Got a nice box with more pieces than expected. Pretty sure I ordered a yellow finger coral and they sent green also. The green leather is actually bright green and open ;)   Everything looking great btw. Everything opened up nicely as soon as it hit the tank. The 2 fish are in great health as well, eating like pigs a couple hours after being in tank. I appreciate that. Will definitely be ordering again.
Thanks again,"
Glen D., Alamagordo, NM

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Re: Fiji Pukani Live Rock - October 9th
"Fiji is once again A Grade rock. One piece that they sent may turn out to be THE NICEST PIECE THAT I HAVE OWNED and I am probably at the 500lb. point of my rock experience. It's a honeycombed piece a little bit bigger than a football with some unknown patches of growth, fully encrusted with coralline. Nothing dying and a sweet smell, it went straight into the Tuskfish tank along with another sweet piece so that I can baby them. (My algae scrubber is fully mature but really only idling with all the rock filtration I have a small bioload.) Another BIG score for my system! If someone asked me for a rock recommendation at this time, I would say Fiji. THANK YOU SO MUCH."
Andy B., Pittsburgh, PA

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Re: Viet Nam Ultra (Rare, Premium & Limited) - Oct. 12th
"Well, got the heavy box of Vietnam Ultra Soft Corals today from the airport before 2pm. The combo rocks are certainly amazing like you told me!! These rocks have a couple different types of sinularia and sarcophyton on them, various zoanthids, rhodactis, ricordea, green star polyps and a few other oddballs that I'm not sure. The guys that repack these corals do a great job as well, no leaking bags and the combo rocks are probably five pounds or more, no leaking! The bags were double or triple bagged, with some dry newspaper in between the two dry bags which helps protect the corals. Need to brush up a bit on my Vietnamese though.   :)  "

... and on a prior Viet Nam regular shroom box ...
"I see another box of them in my future too! They fill the tank in really nice and the colors are really bright. I wish there would have been more blues and reds, but all of the shrooms looked great."

both above from:
Dave B., Saint Louis, MO

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Re: Fiji Acropora - Oct. 23rd
Subject: Eagle has landed
"The eagle is back at the nest. All eggs look great with only 1 out of 15 that bleached out . I'm more than satisfied . Walt sent the real deal again !! Thanks again for the super service ! Always top notch, I'll be in touch again soon."
Matt B., Illinois

Photo of acro in bag upon arrival ...
Fiji Acropora

Thanks for the photo Matt!


These customers said it better than I could, and y'all would think I am selling instead of just tellin' it like it is. Everything IS great! Fiji Acros are awesome, as is the fresh Pukani live rock from there now. The Jakarta WYS is great, so is Kupang, and Viet Nam is hard to beat for softies like shrooms and zoas, those Ultra combo rocks are awesome. Sure you might get a dead here and a sub there, but you mostly get a box of things that just are not available locally for most folks. Or if so, they are double the price, or more.

Send an e-mail if you want the most recent list (excel file) of availabilities.
Happy fishing!
~ birdfish


September 15, 2015

Here are a couple of recent customer comments regarding Fiji Pukani live rock and Bali-Prop cultured Acroporas ...

Fiji Pukani Live Rock ...
"Thank You Very Much! This is VERY nice rock! No dense pieces and excellent variety of life. A grade for sure.   :-) "
Andy B., Pittsburgh, PA
Sept. 10th




Bali-Prop ...
"Hi ... I wanted to let you know the Bali-Prop acros are outstanding, all alive, and very healthy. I couldn't be happier. I've taken some pics but need to play with them to get the right color representation."
James D., Portland, OR
Sept. 3rd




August 11, 2015

Hi all !

We hope you are having a great summer and some nice va- or stay-cations!

There is scuttlebutt about an Indo (Java) live rock shipment coming up shortly. So if you are thinking about it, get your orders in soon and quickly. Of course, the real deal air-freighted Fiji is now available weekly with fish and coral shipments.

Lots of good corals and fish are coming in lately. For soft corals the Viet Nam is hard to beat, some mighty fancy stuff shows up in that Ultra box. I never saw a hot pink finger leather coral before.

Fiji wild Acropora are amazing as always and their other stuff is just as excellent, SPS, LPS, softies, and the hand-caught fish. The Bali cultured Acros are great, but intermittent, every few weeks on average. Fiji is weekly like clockwork. And don't forget that Fiji nano box if you want a bunch of growouts, they are great good sized smalls now.

We have fish coming weekly from Kenya for those that want something different (Indian Ocean) than the usual. We have a couple of great Philippine suppliers with excellent fish, as well as four Bali shippers that have great fish. Just ask for a list if you want to see availibilities.

Besides Fiji and Bali cultured Acros, most weeks Kupang ships and is great for assorted coral boxes. Most weeks one of the Jakarta guys is on, either the WYS place, or the real inexpensive one (Jakarta-T). Some weeks Tonga is available too.

You can always check the Fish or Coral List Central pages for recent pdf format updated lists that you can download directly with a click. Most of them are mostly the same all the time with just minor changes any given week or three.

We hope y'all have a great end to your summer!
Stay cool!
birdfish



July 1, 2015

Check out the new ...   Tonga and Tahitian clam photos   on our Greenhouse list!

There are also some new pics of some Ultra Viet Nam thanks to LLaura who shared some with us, and you!

Customer Photos

Have a Happy & Safe Independence Day!



June 29, 2015

If you are looking for Java (Indo) live rock, it is scheduled for the week after July 4th.
Orders must be placed by Thursday, July 2nd. It will be about a month or two until the next shipment arrives.
Fresh, air-freighted, A-1 Fiji is available almost weekly or nearly-so.



June 1, 2015

Hi all!

There is a wee bit of Tonga corals coming in again! We don't know if this is going to become a regular event, but there are some of these World Class corals now available. They are on par with Aussie corals for color, quality, and variety. A bit pricey compared to the old days, but cheaper than Aussie and there isn't anything like it. It is very reasonable for the pieces you get. As for Tonga live rock, we very highly doubt the rock will re-open.

See their new coral list as Adobe .pdf page here ...   Tonga Corals List

Kenya (I.O.), Philippines and Bali fish are coming in great, as are Kupang and Fiji corals. The Bali cultured Acros are astounding, you just have to wait a week or two or three between shipments, but always more than worth it. I have fraggers telling me they are seeing stuff they have never seen. WYS fancy high-end Jakarta is every two or three weeks, ask for the next list if you want to see what they have.

Note many of the source lists are up on the fish or coral list central pages. They change barely by a few items per few weeks. There are some lists available as .pdf's, so you can read them with Adobe.

~ birdfish



April 28, 2015

Hi all,

There are a few things going on you should know. First, there is some fresh real deal air-freighted Fiji Pukani live rock available that is very good. So although there is yet to be an Indo live rock shipment this year, there is now an alternative, for real deal air-freighted old-school live rock. Everyone has said it was good to great.

The annual CITES quotas for the next year of coral exports from the Indo quadrant have been set in April as usual. But they have been slow to get the new paperwork (permits) into exporters hands and some have not shipped the last few weeks. A live rock shipment is merely awaiting the new 2015 permit.

Even cultured Acros have been thin due to CITES, but great. We have a few different Bali sources and they each have a slightly different list. On average, each one ships about once per month. On most weeks, one of them is 'on'. You should try all three. Kupang's are great too but assorted only, no picking species like Bali.  

Fiji has a hot water problem that has only affected the regular Acropora. They have the cultured nanos and some few large-XL sized, but none of the usual great medium wild colonies (the 12-15 pcs. boxes).

New photo page:     Fiji Acropora Large-XL  

Australia has had a terrible typhoon season and has not shipped in months. We are waiting to hear from them, but they won't ship until everything is great. The runoff silts everything up, colors fade, so they don't ship.

Some few Red Sea type fish are available about once a month via Sri Lanka or Philippines.

Here is a current e-mail we just
received from one of our customers
who got a few boxes of Fiji Pukani
live rock last week ...


The rock has exceeded my expectations .... there is so much life on the rock ... I think there are literally 7 different colors of coraline algae - greens, pinks, reds, oranges, purples.

There is lots of other encrusting life as well. Three several inch sponges (2 orange, 1 red) survived. There are these beautiful little dark maroon and bright green tube-like structures clustered on one rock that lived. Lots of kinds of macro-algae.

There are these incredible light-blue dots on one of the pieces of rock that look like some kind of small growth. On one of the larger rocks, there must have been an encrusting SPS coral they removed because I see 3 separate areas-patches on the rock where the SPS seems to have survived! I don't understand how the SPS is living given my ammonia levels, but it is. I've already given a little VHO light each day because I don't want the SPS or coraline algae to die.

I have a clean-up crew in there, so I'll monitor the algae growth. There is a small dime-like dark purple encrusting organism with little hairs that is beautiful - I have no idea what it is. The list goes on and on. And to top it off, last night when I put on a small strip of LED blue lights, some of the red encrusting coral (it must be soft coral I think) were glowing neon colors! I had never seen anything like that before as well.

The rock was packed very well with a great variety of small, medium, and large pieces.

I feel sorry for people who by dry rock because there is no way they'll ever have the diversity of life in their tank without fresh-shipped rock like this.

Thanks,
James - Portland, OR




Bali and Philippine fish are great as usual and easy to get. The Viet Nam softies are awesome too. E-mail us any time and ask for the most recent updated lists, or to get on our regular updates mailing list.

Happy Fish!

~ birdfish



  Live Rock Photos & Pricing  

  Fish List Central  




March 23, 2015

Check out the new page with some Bali-Prop Acro pictures of a box that just came in ...  Bali-Prop 

The Sri Lanka and Kenya lists are now up in pdf format at the Fish List Central page, and at the bottom of the new Indian Ocean article. If you want to see what is goin' round in the way of I.O. fish currently, you may see lists below.

Indian Ocean Lists -

Kenya

Red Sea, Sri Lanka, Maldive Islands



Indian Ocean Fish Article 

Fish List Central 




March 18, 2015

Here are a few notes we received in the last couple of weeks, both on shipments of Bali-prop cultured Acros and SPS. The first one is a link that has photos (washed out, not with the best color) of some of the Acros, one neat comparison shows how they are paler when they first come in, then afterward with about a week of light (#17 & 17a).

First, here is Ray's thread at the Chesapeake Marine Aquarium Society message board ...
Ray's Thread     (pictures begin at Post #44)
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Bali-Prop comments from Randy ...
"You did me good ... I'm happy, happy, happy. 100% survival on arrival. One looked pale in the bag. I thought he had shed his zeo, but once acclimated and under lights he's a yellow-gold with pink tips. He's a short little fat thing with three branches. One branch is going to display, the other two are going to my home system. Got a couple *very* nice neon yellows. One going to display, the other is going home with me. Got a couple deep teal with pink tips, greens with teal tips, purples. I've got to place another order to sell to my customers cause I'm keeping half of this order for myself. Oh, and the montipora are as nice as they come. Excellent color and growth pattern. Anyway, Thanks ... I'LL BE IN TOUCH!"     - Randy F., Virginia
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And, some nice comments from Jerry ...
"Got the coral and tangs, they look pretty good will see what they look like in the tank. I think a couple are not what I ordered but they still are nice.   :)   "    ..... a few hours later a second e-mail....    "They are opening up and they look awesome amazing color glad you steered me in the right direction again."     - Jerry S., Nebraska

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Bali-Prop is not every and any week, usually every 2 to 3 weeks. It is limited so the thing to do is get your order in, or as you know it, hurry up, and wait.   ;)   Next planned is March 29 as of right now. That can change, but it came in the 1st and 15th, and is planned for 29th now.

Bali-Prop List  



March 11, 2015

Our latest article ...
Indian Ocean Fish



February 25, 2015

Hi all,

Here is a quick rundown on what is coming in this week. Arrival day to you is a day after the LAX arrival day. Ask for any list you need, as they become available we will send (or use the last one you received). Order cutoff is Thursday late afternoon.

Arrival to LAX on Sunday:
Philippines fish and inverts - 3 suppliers
Bali fish and inverts - 3 suppliers
Bali-Prop the best cultured Acropora
Sri Lanka with Red Sea fish - RED SEA!
Surabaya corals - good and inexpensive
Kupang corals - great variety and quality
Lombok fish
Irian Jaya fish
WYS Jakarta GMP - fancy premium corals
Jakarta T
Viet Nam regular and ultra grade premium boxes

Arrival to LAX on Monday:
Kenya Africa - I.O. fish

Arrival to LAX on Tuesday:
Fiji - great fish and corals (no Acroporas now though)

Note: Australia is back up, but not every week (not this week)

Still free: ask for any list you want to see!
birdfish

Our E-mail: birdfish @ livestockusa.org



February 19, 2015

Check out the new photos of some of the corals currently coming in from Kupang. It is one of the best places for a box of cherries. These pix are of corals shipping this week.

Kupang Corals

There is some bit of Red Sea coming in via Sri Lanka now ... ask for a list! They have a fair selection of the Red Sea specialties, not to mention all the great I.O. fish from Sri Lanka and the endemics from the Maldives.

Australia is back up and running, finally, so that is again another option available every couple of weeks.
The 'Aussie-B Box' special is a great deal on Great Barrier Reef corals.

See below on the Dec. 18 update for a description of the Aussie B box special.
Keep warm!
~ birdfish



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February 3, 2015

Hope you all are doing well, not too cold and not too snowed in! Here are a couple great specials.

Jakarta coral special - 20 coral colonies for $600. These are not tiny frags, but excellent quality colonies from Indonesia. Here is the list of selection options here:

Indonesia Corals Special

And these Viet Nam softies are fantastic pieces for the price! A 25-piece box of Viet Nam soft corals, spectacular mushrooms, zoas, and mixed soft corals, for only $650, or only $26 per piece! You can get half soft corals and half shrooms, or in thirds of each category: softies, zoas, and shrooms. Or all of one. Have it your way, just let us know how you want it. These are large pieces and outstanding quality.

To see list of corals for this special please see link below for Viet Nam list, but note that in order to receive the special, you must use the ordering button below! Thank you!

(No longer on special)

Viet Nam Soft Corals

Meanwhile we hope you stay warm!
birdfish



January 27, 2015

We have very recently moved our website to a more efficient server ... our apologies during the transition, just in case some of the pages have not loaded for you properly! We hope to get all of the wrinkles out soon! Thanks for your patience!



January 8, 2015

Happy New Year all! We hope you got plenty of fun, food and family. A few of the foreign exporters are still not back on line yet, but most are back up and shipping. There are corals coming from Fiji, Bali, Kupang and Indo, great fish from Bali and the Philippines (not to mention Fiji and Kenya), and cultured Acros are usually every couple weeks and are back up from the Java-Bali-Kupang (Indo) area. Red Sea is still off-line.

Our last live rock shipment arrived in December. We do not currently have a date yet for the next shipment, although it should be in a couple or a few weeks from now. Sometimes we can get a box or a few tacked onto a coral shipment in the meanwhile, but not always. We ask for your patience since fresh live rock is so limited right now, it is always sold out in advance. There are no extra boxes, so you have to order and wait to get the real deal air-freighted, but we guarantee you'll be glad you did. There isn't anything else like it nowadays. Note there is some Tonga boat rock out there, but it looks like Fiji boat rock, deadish concrete. Coralline may grow back but that is usually about it.

Keep in mind on the horizon out in April there will be the annual CITES permit meeting and quota-setting in the Indo area, which means they will probably run out of permits for some types (most popular) of corals starting in March. Think and plan ahead!

The Fiji Nano corals are outstanding. They have grown out quite a bit and are at least a good sized small now. They run silver dollar (2") size and up to 3" per colony. You can get all Acros, all hard corals, all soft corals, or a third of each, or half each of two categories. It is a great assortment of all the cultured corals from Fiji. They are ON SPECIAL NOW, for $18 per coral, F.O.B. LAX, no additional charges. That includes the re-ox and Fiji box and packing charge that is normally extra.

See pix on our Nano Corals page.
Note ... the color in the photos is yellowed or washed out due to poor lighting for the photos.

~ birdfish



December 18, 2014

Hi all!

Just a quick update. Due to the holidays on Thursdays the next two weeks, the order cut-off days will be Wednesdays ... which, of course, means Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Birdfish will be here and sober to take your order on those days, but not too late. ( LOL )  But we know how busy those days can be so it might be good to plan to get your orders in by Tuesday for the next two weeks, so you know you are free on the "Eves!"

Thank you all for your support and interest, we really appreciate it! Happy Holidays to you and yours, and that includes your fish! Our best wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

birdfish & Mrs. birdfish




P.S. Check this out!

Note this NEW Australia SUPER SPECIAL!
Coming in December 21st.

Usually during Australia OFF weeks there is another shipment that is a great deal. Every few weeks this super special is available. It is a "shipper's choice" B-grade special. You get one box with 20 medium corals, an all different assorted selection of above Australian Great Barrier Reef corals. Most of these will have been collected as A-grade. Many report that with proper care, feeding and light in a couple to a few weeks they are A-grade. They became B-grade during the process, and then put on special. They were the less than 5-star stellar pieces. Some were A-grade, but with a ding off a corner, a broken branch, etc., so now it is B-grade. The boxes usually have a good number of the high end favorite items like an Acro, a Scoly, an Acan, a Torch, a Lobo, etc., among the selections.

It is only $800 F.O.B. LAX ! NO additional charges. An amazing 20 Australian corals for $40 each and your Great Barrier Reef is on the way! The boxes are limited in quantity and the way to get one is order and the next shipment you are in. If you order the week prior to it happening, you can order on a Wednesday (Thursday at latest) and have them the following Monday. But best to be ahead of the curve a bit since very limited. To order, please send an e-mail or call.



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December 6, 2014

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THIS YEAR!

LAST CALL for live rock this year! The shipment is scheduled for next weekend or early in the week after. There are a few boxes left available, but order by Wednesday! You can get branch, shelf, regular or large pieces ... just let us know which type you want. Hurry up and click the button before it's too late!

Indo Live Rock Ordering

Also note since a lot of coral shippers' schedules are every other week (most fish are every week), there is only one more chance for many to ship before the mail load might start causing problems.

Order now if you want some new corals before Christmas!

birdfish





November 20, 2014

Java Java Java

Live Rock will be coming in December, but if you want some you need to order in advance, ASAP. It is a very limited supply now, it will sell out since there is just one source for the real deal 5-star A-1 stuff we are famous for. Shown here are a couple pictures they sent of the next shipment. It is in vats curing awaiting export date. Those who get their orders in early will be sure to get this beautiful live rock. Current forecast is mid Dec. arrival to LAX (and you).

You may view a couple of other new photos here ...   Java Live Rock Photos

Java


We have added a short bit about shipping in the winter and cold
to our Shipping Information page, so you know you don't have to worry about it.
You may check it out here:   Hot & Cold Shipping


Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!


November 10, 2014

Here is a great special offer for you, but it won't last and is very time-limited!

On the Bali or Philippine tranship fish boxes, they are both on sale for $250 for the inbound tranship charges per box. This covers the international air-freight, foreign box and packing, U.S.F.& W. and Customs clearance at LAX, with re-acclimation and re-pack at LAX. Then add the contents of the box (the fish you choose for the box), and the domestic shipping LAX to you.

Bali Fish List       Philippine Fish List

E-mail us for a current stock list!

Check out these pics of the Fiji Nano corals, these are 2" plus some pushing 3" and you can get all Acros, all hard corals mixed, all soft mixed, or any combo thereof.

Nano Corals



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October 28, 2014

Hi folks!

We have a new page featuring some new fancy zoas from Indonesia you might like! You can check them out here ...

Indo Zoas

We have created three new short slide show videos of leathers & softies, shrooms, and polyps which are currently coming in from various suppliers. Some of the slide shows are smaller photos than we would have preferred, but they are some of what is coming in now. They are featured at the bottom of each of those pages, as well as on our YouTube Channel.

Polyps    Shrooms    Leathers & Soft Corals

We're sorry to report that our Fiji Super Special is over. The good news is that it's not going back up to where it was before the special! The regular price for a box of Acros is now $650 (they were $675 before the Super Special). This is for the large-XL or the medium Acros, and the assorted boxes of corals you choose. Large-XL will usually be 7-10 pieces, the medium 12-16. Sizes fluctuate a bit and pack is adjusted to make the best box for your order. Fiji has great hand-picked fish and corals!

Fiji Corals List


Also, Viet Nam has a small price increase so we have to end those specials.
The fancy Viet Nam "Rare, Limited & Premium" ultra box with the insane combo rocks, shrooms and zoas is back to $900 as it was before the special deal. It is still a steal. The regular boxes of Viet Nam softies, mushrooms and zoas are also back to their regular prices, which are also a steal for the rare unusual and not run-of-the-mill types you get.

Viet Nam Fancy Zoas, Soft Corals, Combo Rocks
Viet Nam Mushrooms, Polyps, Soft Corals


Here is a good special .....
Below in the October 15th update, there is mention of a 6 piece box of the Viet Nam Ultra Rare Premium Combo Rocks. If you order that we will give you one of the Med.-Lg. Alien Green Flower Leathers for free with your order! It is normally a $40 coral on its own, and double that or more in a store. You can cut it in half and have two $40+ corals.



October 15, 2014

Here is something new and exciting!

You may have seen photos of our Viet Nam Combo Rocks on our Box-lots page
for the "Viet Nam Rare Premium and Limited" box.

Until now, the "Fancy Box" has contained an assortment, with a 24-piece minimum per box.
We are now able to offer a box containing SIX pieces TOTAL!
This is SIX big rocks covered in ultra shrooms, zoas, and often a softie.
You might even get an Alien Neon Green Flower Leather in the mix!

Combo Fancy Zoanthids

Everyone who has received these has been blown away.

They are cultured with a combo of ultra shrooms, zoas, and sometimes a soft coral of some sort. These types of pieces have been have been cracked, cut and chopped up to sell for $200-300 for what was on a single rock.

See more photos here

The box of 6 pieces is $525, or $87.50 per rock. As usual, the air freight from LAX to you is paid to the airline when you pickup your order. So if you were drooling over those pix, but could't handle the whole 24 pieces, here is a way to just get the Premium Combo Rock part, which are stellar ultra show pieces each and every one.

On a related note, you can also get anything from our Greenhouse List easily added to any order or ordered separately.

Current Greenhouse List

Beyond snail and crab lots, there are no minimums besides making up a box worth (if you aren't getting anything else). It is a small selection of a few dozen neat items regularly kept in tanks on hand, like Yellow Tangs, Flame Angels, Alien Green V.N. Flower Leathers, some clams, snails and crabs, Blue-dot Jawfish and a small selection of fish running from Fairy Wrasses to Passer Angels. All tanked and eating.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Here are a couple notes from customers from last week's live rock.

October 9th - Java Live Rock

The only problem I have is that I wish I had a bigger tank so I could put more rock in. The pieces of rock are awesome, much better than I had ever hoped for. I am soo happy that you talked me into getting the Indo rock. I am totally blown away by the quality and the unique shapes I received. When I placed the rock in the tank last night it came out so much better than what I had pictured it would look like. Thank you for making this the easiest and best experience, I can not say enough good things about the rock.
Thanks, Kevin H.

October 10th - Java Live Rock
Great man. The algae (macros) were great looking. The newspaper kept most of the moisture on the rock. I am 100% satisfied man, best live rock in the U.S. Thank you so much.
Patrick R.

October 15th - Java Live Rock
It looks great, seems more like branch rock than previous shipments, and a bit denser so there's less. However, the quality is amazing. When I picked up the rock to put it in tubs, there were things literally crawling on it, this is the freshest I've ever seen. Good timing, the Molecular Bio class will be doing scrapings for their experiment in metagenomics TODAY! Thanks for coming through again, everything worked out great. Talk to you soon!
Jason V., M.A., M.Phil., Lecturer
Department of Biology - State University of New York at New Paltz

October 1st - Fiji Acropora - 12 pcs.
Thanks for everything. Very nice and healthy pieces!
Ryan M.

Note:
On the Fiji Acropora we have a large box and a medium box. The counts are estimates. The 8 piece Large can be 6-10 pieces. The 15 piece medium can be 12-18 pieces. The fewer pieces indicates larger pieces were used. Which cost more and take more water to get here (freight). So if you get a 12 piece box, they were bigger than the planned 15, and Walt made a call that these were the best box he could make for you. He may have had 18 good, smaller ones too. Same with the large. They average 8, so that is what we estimate it at. If only 7 fit in a way that they will arrive alive it is because they were bigger, they cost us more, cost more freight. So whether a box is 6 or 18 pieces, the price is the same. We just try to get the size you want, mediums, or larges, or nanos if you want them (40 to a box).




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September 19, 2014

Taiwan zoanthids are featured on our latest youtube slide show ...





August 21, 2014

Just to keep ya posted on happenings..... Red Sea is offline for the time being, all the Indo area (Bali, Timor, Kupang, Java) corals are coming in great, and so are Bali fish. Viet Nam and Fiji both are excellent now too, see the specials in prior updates below. Some live rock is supposed to be getting ready to ship soonish, get your orders in if you want some real deal fresh air-freight live rock.

One of our customers has been selected as Tank of the Month at the Washington Marine Aquarium Society web page. Click the link for a new video with lots of good footage and some stills below to see the fish.

When I told Coral Hind how great his tank looked he said something to the effect of "in no small part due to all the great fish I got from you." I like it more for other reasons, but, yes there are lots of our fish in there, perhaps most of them. I see lots of our Bali, and some greenhouse stuff..... and they all look great. The tank is beautiful, so we wanted to share it with you...... Thanks and Congratulations Coral Hind!

Here is another recent customer comment ... in an August phone conversation, Bob M. in WA had this to say about the Fiji 10 piece special with 6-7 LARGES that he and a couple buddies split ...  "We couldn't believe how big some of the pieces were. I never saw a yellow spaghetti leather like that, it was so big we could make two large larges out of it. I saw a red favia just like the one you sent, online at one of those fancy shops for $180. Same piece. Yours were great, huge, we were very happy." If you want some XL corals, it is the way to go.

Fiji XL Corals Info

Then this note is regarding a recent box of the
Viet Nam Fancy Zoos, Soft Corals, Combo Rocks
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014
"Thanks Mitch, got the corals beautiful animals, specially the combo rocks, couple didn't make it , by the smell of it used to be mushrooms, :)   lots of eagle eye zoas, overall good deal, thank you. In a month would like to try lps and sps if you don't mind. Thank you." - Al K. in Florida



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July 28, 2014

Check out the new China Sea Zoanthids available in this one minute video slide show, they are beautiful.



Here is a reminder about some current $600 special sales.

Any of the following boxes can be had for only $600 right now! There is something for everyone with special deals on boxes of mushrooms, zoanthids, and soft corals from Viet Nam that are great. Fiji has the best wild Acros, and their other assorted corals are A-1 too, you pick what types go in the box with the regular corals, the Acros are assorted.

Softies
Viet Nam 22-24 large mushroom colony rocks ($27 ea.!)
Viet Nam 22-24 large zoanthid rocks, mother colonies, 3-4 types
Viet Nam 25 soft corals assorted, about 8-10 types
(you can get a box half zoas and half shrooms)

Hard Corals
Fiji 10 corals 6-7 Lg and XL, 3-4 medium
Fiji Large Acropora, 8-10 to a box
Fiji medium Acropora 12-16 per box
Fiji mixed box of 12-15 medium pieces of your choice.

Hope you're having a happy summer!
~birdfish



July 8, 2014

Here are some new extreme zoas from S.E. Asia ... small and expensive!


Zoos Zoos

Zoos Zoos

This mini super red carpet anemone is 2+", maybe 2.5" across.







July 3, 2014

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
We hope you and yours have a great FOURTH OF JULY!


Here is some news......

There is some Tonga boat rock that just got here and it looks surprisingly good! It will be a hard cure but shapes are typical Tonga great, and there are colored corallines on it, so it remains entirely salvagable with proper care. It will take a couple or a few months of care, but it will get good in time. Great project rock!

Tonga is notorious, in particularly, for their shelf and branch live rock and is now shipping this once again ... it may be via boat, but with the unique shapes it offers, it's a real treat! If you want some live rock you don't mind spending a little time working with, this would be great for that.

There is shelf, branch, and regular available at $3.25 per pound, with a 100-pound (2 box) minimum, as the boxes weigh 50-pounds. There is also another source which does not require a minimum, however, the price is $3.75 per pound for a 50-pound box.

To see photos of this rock ... Tonga Rock

There is no date yet set for the next air-freight fresh Indo live rock shipment, they are collecting orders, the rock is in the vats and essentially cured. Many of you know the drill ... hurry up and order, then wait, just when you are about to give up, it will come. All of a sudden they announce it's coming and it's over and done until next time. They don't order extra.

Just to remind, there is a $600 sale (see most recent prior update below) on Viet Nam boxes of soft corals, zoos, and amazing mushrooms, all of which are outstanding! These are the best in their class, fancy fancy soft corals and especially the mushrooms, at the best price, less than $30 each for 20 large covered rocks, many will be types of mushrooms you haven't seen.

There is also a box of 10 Fiji mostly large to extra large size corals for $600 as well, you pick the pieces in it (it might only be 8 pcs. if just large Acropora). Again, scroll down to earlier prior updates for a special button for it where mentioned.

Bali fish are coming in great, so are cultured Acropora. Kupang and Timor have great selection of a very high grade of Indo area corals. Check out our Coral List Central or Fish List Central lists, as most of them are 99% the same all the time. Fiji has great wild Acropora colonies, and good fish too, besides their 40 piece nano-box.

A new slide show has been added to our Live Rock Photo Gallery, which features a variety of live rock over the years.

'sea ya!'
birdfish


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June 17, 2014

Super $600 Summer Solstice Sale!


Have we got a deal for you! Here are a of couple of super $600 Summer Solstice specials that might interest you!

Viet Nam mushrooms, zoos and softies
First, we have some really great Viet Nam soft corals coming in. What we call 'the regular' is named such for the regular shipments, compared to the other Viet Nam supplier, whom is more irregular. Perhaps that word though gives the wrong impression, as the pieces are outstanding compared to many other soft coral sources. Big pieces (softies) or rocks covered in shrooms or zoos. Hand sized pieces. Covered. In colors. Like Indo was 20 years ago. These are the 'regular' boxes of Viet Nam as described on out Box-lots page. But they aren't regular pieces, they are big, world class, awesome beauties.

The mushrooms avg. 22 pieces per box, some boxes may be 20 or 24, most are 22. The regular price is $675 ... order now for $600! This is barely over $27 per mushroom covered rock. These are big rocks covered in shrooms of all different colors. (Pix can be seen on Box-lots page.)

**Note ... although descriptions or photos may be viewed on the Box-lots page,
please use the ordering buttons on this page which automatically adjust for sale pricing!


Viet Nam Box-lots

Same deal on the "regular Viet Nam" box of 20 zoanthid rocks, or on the mixed box of 25 softie corals, which can be 23-27 pieces, most are 25, $600! See list of types on Box-lots page, it is a great variety of all the best shrooms or softies, there are four colors of zoas. The softie box at $600 is $24 per coral, a steal! You can even order a box of half and half of the shrooms and zoos, figure 20-22 pieces, about ten zoos and 11 shrooms of each, big rocks covered in mushrooms and zooanthids. $600!

Again, this is not the super ultra rare limited combo box supplier, but the regular one. The 'regular' are likewise typical Viet Nam A-1 5-star awesome quality pieces. This is the best mixed mushroom box you can get anywhere. You will get lots of shrooms you never saw. Piece size is Large to Extra Large.

Viet Nam Mushroom Rocks - Mixed box will have mostly one of each kind they have. Green Stripe, Marble, Violet Blue, Light Green and Light Blue Ricordea, Maroon and Green Striped Maroon Discosoma, Green Discosoma, Red, Green, and Blue Velvet, Dark Red Tonga, Asst. Tonga, Blue Tonga, Green and Purple Tonga, Green and Orange Tonga, Blue Bull's-eye, Orange Ricordea, Neon Green Ricordea, Purple Ricordea, Green Ricordea, Green and Purple Ricordea yuma, Neon Green and Metallic Discosoma.

Viet Nam Zooanthid Rocks - Zooanthid rocks include four main types of zoos from Viet Nam ... mixed colors, red, green outside with red center, bright green.

Viet Nam Mixed Soft Corals - Soft coral assortment includes Foxtail Hairy Tree, Sabellastarte, Sinularia pavida, Yellow Finger Leather, Yellow Toadstool Leather, Blue Echinogogia, Sea Fan (Purple, and Red & White), Orange Tree Alcyonium, Blue Clove Polyp, Gorgonians, Dendronepthya. Two or three of each type make the box.

Acropora
For you "SPS heads," we have a super special offer on Fiji Acropora. A 15 piece box of assorted "fancy colored" (as Walt calls them) Acropora is also on sale for $600. These have been coming in very nice folks! This is $75 off, and a steal for these types of pieces at $40 each, five dollars off each full wild colony head. But jump on it, this won't last long! Fiji arrives to LAX Wednesday, to you Thursday.

Anemones
If you want a box of anemones, the regular Viet Nam place is also the spot. Sometimes it takes two weeks to fill the orders, but they try to ship every week (it's the regular place). The anemone box is 50-60 anemones mixed of all types: Colored Carpet (most are super neon green), Long Tentacle, Saddle, Bubbles, Tube, Sebae, and some various assorted types. The carpets will be a foot plus when open, this is the best anemone box available, there will be very few to no DOA, like everything we handle. Only the best here folks, or we don't sell it. This box will be estimated, and settled after we know if you got 50, or 60 anemones. They are $15 each. So we estimate at 55 pieces which = $825. If you get fewer we will refund the difference, if you receive more, you'll owe us a few bucks.

Ordering tips:
Please send an e-mail with your phone and airport after ordering, if you aren't sure we already have it. Remember for most sources, cut-off for orders to receive the following week is Thursday. It is already Friday over there and they have to finalize permits to ship so need a list in hand by then at latest. It is always even better if you order by Wednesday, but Thursday is cut-off for most sites. We can still get a Fiji order in on Friday since it doesn't ship on the weekend like the Indonesia area sources do.


See ya at the $600 Summer Solstice sale!
:)
birdfish

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June 10, 2014

Hi all,

Check this out! Here is a movie slide show of an awesome tank worth seeing, it's just a few minutes long. This cool cat Francisco sent us a bunch of photos of his tank and corals and we wanted to share them with you. The corals are from our boxes of Fiji, Kupang, Timor, and Viet Nam. Sweeeet stuff there!

Note - If slide show appears pixelated, adjust your youtube settings wheel (resembles a gear) on the bottom toolbar on the video screen, which is at the left side of the right hand group of icons, second from the left, to HD after you have started the slide show and it will correct the resolution setting.



If you have a tank full of our live rock, or corals, you can send us a set of pix, maybe a half mb each, they don't need to be big, and we can put up a slide show of your tank. Or send a video of it, say 10mb, and we can put that up. Thanks!

Just a reminder, we primarily sell hobbyists directly, all you need is a shipable U.S. airport, no permits. We also do sell to stores and businesses, with different pricing IF you have a biz license, FNS or DBA, only. With documentation that proves you can be a long term regular customer, you can get a better deal. Please don't say you are a store or biz if you don't have paperwork that says so. Then you'll feel uncomfortable just asking for the regular lists. Which you'd be better off having than not.  

We sell some coral farmers, clubs, and group buys, but the latter two are not really a biz that is going to buy every month for a long time, so please consider the difference between that and actual wholesale customers that buy monthly forever. We do give deals to regular repeat customers (just ask Dave-LOL), and those that buy multiple boxes. Ask, but be honest about your situation please.

We have excel file lists with many different suppliers on them, free for the asking, you can check out a dozen fish or coral suppliers lists, Australia, Bali, Fiji, Timor, Kupang, Viet Nam and others. 90% of which are the same the last 10-20 years for species, only prices have changed, guess which way.  

Our prices are a little higher in some cases, because we just don't handle the cheapest stuff that is so widely available. We get the best but it is never the cheapest. Maybe some of you have noticed that ... ? It's a matter of, "Do you want the real deal or do you want cheap?" The only way to get both is to buy one of each! They are never the same thing. Good ain't cheap and cheap ain't good. We'd rather explain our prices once, than have to apologize for our quality forever! Sometimes you even have to wait an extra week or two for it, because there just isn't that much of the real deal good stuff.

Corals are coming in great to fantastic, outstanding to amazing, Kupang, Timor, Fiji, for hard corals. Viet Nam for soft, that "Rare, Premium & Limited" box is off the charts mind-blowing for zoos and shrooms, not to mention that alien green cabbage. The price is going up, so order it now if you want one at this price. Fish are very good, always a couple dead fairy wrasses, but overall great. There is no date yet on the next live rock shipment, the last one was great, another should be coming soon.

Ordering live rock now is a hurry up and wait deal, try to order ahead of time, the importer decides to get it the day it sells out, when one of two big kahunas says "I need it." So there is little notice and time. Except the wait between ordering and receiving, which seems to take forever according to all accounts. ;)

Have fun out there folks!
birdfish



May 6, 2014

Hi wetheads,
The wethead is not dead, at least here, we're for them! The GREAT news is that the new CITES quotas for the year have been settled and permits for hard and soft corals are being issued! There are some types that are still very limited and their prices will stay high, the rare fancy stuff. The per piece cost is $1.25-$1.50 now, per rock or coral, just for CITES permit charges.

With the new permits, there will be another live rock shipment shortly, everyone loved the last shipment a couple weeks ago. Get in line quickly though (hurry up and wait), it will be soon, and it sells out.

Bali fish are coming in well, if you can get a box (15-30 fish) at a time it is a good way to get fish you might not be seeing at your local store, and fish that haven't been in the trace element deprived disease farms of some of the L.A. wholesalers. We have a couple of very, very high quality suppliers to choose from.

Check out these Fiji Acros that came in last week. These were a couple out of the box of a dozen larges.

Fiji Acropora

Fiji Acropora

Thanks to Francisco M. of Miami for the great photos!

Send us an e-mail and ask for the spreadsheet (excel file) with a bunch of fish and coral lists from 10 or more sources. We can send it in pieces as a text file in body of email if you don't have excel. But it will be a long scroll down. ;)

Acropora Sale

~ birdfish


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April 22, 2014
Happy Earth Day!


Our Earth Page has been updated, with our
collection of interesting links from over the
last several years grouped together by category ... Earth Page



April 14, 2014

Fiji Super Special


One box of Fiji mixed non-Acropora corals with 10 pieces in it, 6 or 7 will be large or extra large size, very big pieces ... $600 special price for a limited time. Pick what you want in your box from the Fiji corals list, except for acropora, as they belong to a separate special. Send a list of 12 with 8 designated lg-xl's, so they can better fill your order.

For a large mixed Acros only box they are 8 pieces per box, at $75 each for 8, so the same $600, but with 8 pieces.

This is a photo of part of such a box that just came in last week ...
the Red Lobo and Pipe Organ are the sm-md size.

Fiji Corals L-XL

Expect some stunning wild large-extra colonies worth twice the price, some will be large, some extra-large, as you can see in this photo ...

Fiji Corals L-XL

If you want some big corals of the types Fiji has (see link to their list below), this is a great way and place to get them. Note Walt has two sizes, sm-med and lg-xl. The sm-med. Red Lobo and the Pipe Organ are still of very nice size. Some of the lg-xl sizes will be huge show pieces as you can see.

Fiji Corals List

With these roughly half of retail prices, we expect you to be willing to absorb one dead if that happens. Usually there are none.

happy Fiji!
birdfish



April 11, 2014

Hi friends,
We thought this was interesting and wanted to share it with you ... look at this picture of a Kupang (Timor) Stylophora the day after arrival (on left), and in 30 days when it graduated from quarantine to display tank (on right).

Before-After

This photo is also featured on our new article that offers some tips on receiving tranship corals.
Receiving Tranship Corals

And, a close-up of this beautiful stylophora is shown on our ...
Timor Corals List

Live Rock Update ... the 2014 CITES permits are about to be issued soon, but until then live rock and many corals are being held up awaiting the new permits. This situation is supposed to break at any time, and some corals are still available each week. Fiji corals are unaffected by this situation and are very good as usual. Fish are also unaffected, save maybe seahorses.

A couple of new photos have been added to the top of our Customer Photos page, two which include recent pics of Fiji corals.
Customer Photos

Just a reminder ... we have Excel files available free for the asking of current fish and coral supplies, as well as an acropora master list that has which species are available from which suppliers. Send us an e-mail if you would like to see this ... if you need .xls instead of .xlsx, just let us know.

Regards!
birdfish



March 20, 2014

Hi all! ...and Happy Spring!

It is that time of year when the annual CITES permits for export run dry in the Indonesia (INDO) enforcement area. They've shipped most of last years' quotas, and can't ship until new permits are obtained, which will go against this upcoming years' quota. We believe that the big CITES meeting this year is in late April, however provisional permits will be issued and used meanwhile. March is always the big squeeze month for this. Don't get me started on not being able to ship all the cultured corals you can grow...... ;)

This coming week (23rd) there are no Bali cultured corals for instance, but there is Kupang, Fiji, and Tonga (the latter two which are not Indo quadrant enforcement zone). So there is something available each week, but Indo supplies are tight. And ... yes! Tonga is back up and running for great wild Acropora and Montipora in particular, but no live rock. About a dozen corals to a box makes it the fewest piece box available. Ask us for their new list, although it is mostly the same.

There has not been any live rock yet this year, or for the last couple of months last year for that matter. That is about to change ... the folks in Indonesia will be shipping very shortly, there have been issues with freight space and permits both. They've had permits one week and no freight space, another week freight space and no permit, most weeks neither so far, but again, this is about to change. A shipment is cured in the vats and ready to go, with shipment supposedly to be imminent.

We have some very exciting live rock news in that we now have some air-freighted Fiji available, of the Pukani flavor. Which is as close to "old-fashioned" Fiji as you can get. It is very porous, great shapes, lots of color and life on it, the real deal right stuff. We are taking orders for it now and it will start shipping next week. This will be shipped from Fiji with the weekly coral shipment, that's right, air-freighted! FRESH!

There is also special order XXL available, which may take an extra week to get and which will entail a crate fee ($35), but they will get you a 2-3' piece if you want. The regular boxes will be 60 lbs. with good sized pieces, the XXL will be heavier boxes of course.

See our live rock page to see pictures or order some.
Live Rock Photos & Pricing

Vanuatu is being worked on for live rock, permits are in-hand, air-freight logistics are the last hurdle to clear, and if that can be settled Vanuatu will reopen for live rock as well, should be shortly, maybe a couple of weeks. They are shipping fish again but no longer filling orders specifically. Three to four box assorted orders is it for now. Great for stores, but not for individuals. So the custom box order filled to specs is out for the time being.

Bali fish are coming in great too now. Check out the lists at the Fish List Central page, or ask for the latest one, they have a very nice selection available. There are 1-2 dead in a box of a couple dozen fish, generally a wrasse or somesuch that is a known poor shipper.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to holler at us on one of our toll-free lines, and remember, if you use Sprint in particular you may have to use our 855 number that rings to a cell. Send us an e-mail if you can't get through. We have been told by some Sprint customers that they hear a message that says our number doesn't exist via their Sprint service. As we have been told, this could be occurring due to Sprint and the local telephone company (for our landline) having issues regarding the connection fees, so Sprint gets cut off (then plays a tape to their customers that our number doesn't exist.) Far beyond not cool in my book. AT&T usually comes through fine. We're in a carrier war zone, awaiting your call!  

~ birdfish


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March 4, 2014

Hi all!
Fear not, spring is on the way! It has been a very cold winter for most of the country. For our packing, we have been using lots of newspaper and 5-6 heat packs per box and have shipped right through it with no problems. Before heat packs, the industry was built on newspaper for insulation, it is magic if the box is properly layered with it, plus it absorbs any leakage. We use the 40+ hour heat packs as well, saving 15-cents on the 20-hour ones is not a shipping risk we will take.

For something new and different we now have a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) way of ordering custom coral boxes. These come directly from the exporters in Indonesia and Timor. They are the suppliers we have long worked closely with that have the highest quality of corals. They are offering their best cherries in a new format now, making boxes of WYSIWYG corals available directly from the source.

You can learn more about these on ...
WYSIWYG





Reminder ...
When calling us ... if your call will not go
through on (866) 874-7639,
please call us at: (855) 225-8086



February 10, 2014

If you're looking for some real rare and fancy stuff, check these slide show videos out of Australia and the most mind-blowing Timor you ever saw! Timor is available on a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) or nearly so, basis every so often.

This is how you get the cherries of the cherries. Here you will see acanthastrea, blastomussa, red zooanthids, and other radical stuff.

Note - If photos appear pixelated, adjust the settings wheel on the bottom toolbar on the video screen, which is at the left side of the right hand group of icons, second from the left, to 480p or HD after you have started the slide show and it will correct the resolution setting.

Australia -



Timor -





February 4, 2014

Check out our new 'tips' article on hot water.

Hot Water


We have some new assortments of aquacultured Nano Corals from Kupang and Bali ... giving you a choice now between three supply sources and mixed nano boxes!

From Fiji, we have a 40-piece box of acropora, or mixed hard and soft corals; from Kupang we have an 80-piece box of acropora; and from Bali, we have a 36-piece box of acropora and SPS. Standard coral sizing is: Large, Medium, Small, Super Small. Super small is Nano. They are about 2" pieces.

Nano Corals

Here are some details on the new sources of Kupang and Bali:

Kupang Nano Acropora Box - The Barn Buster
80 pieces of assorted aquacultured Acropora, nano size. $10 each piece F.O.B. Kupang. It will be an assortment of the species and colors they farm, likely 20 or more different species in every color. Then add tranship cost of $300 per box for the international shipping, CITES, the U.S. F. & W. clearance, foreign box and packing charge, and re-ox at LAX. Total $1100, plus of course you pay the domestic shipping LAX to you to the airline when you pick up. You should have them at your door for $15 per piece, after and including your domestic freight. The Kupang cultured Acros are great, you just can't pick and have to take assorted. They know how to make a great assorted box.

In 3-6 months they will be good sized smalls, in 6-12 months nice mediums, and a year on, larges. Their regular cultured Acro assortment box is 17 medium pieces at $45 ea., $765.

They need a minimum of one week to put the nano order together. They ship almost every week, but orders placed on normal cutoff of Wednesday (Thursday at latest), will not come that next Sunday in three days, but the Sunday after that to LAX, in 10 days, and on Monday to you at your airport.

Bali-DNR Nano SPS Box -
We can also get a box of Nano Acros and SPS from one of our Bali suppliers, they are a little bigger so piece count is less, it is 36 Nano Acros (some Montis if you want) in a box. They are $13.50 each ($486), F.O.B. Bali. The various inbound tranship charges per box are international freight, Bali box and packing, clearance (Customs and Fish & Wildlife), and re-ox at LAX, again, $300 per box. Plus an Indo/Bali CITES permit fee of $1 per piece. Add domestic shipping LAX to your airport. So the box totals $822 or just under $23 per piece, and you can pick from their list of 25 or so Acros and Montis to fill your box. See the Bali-DNR nano list if you want to pick types instead of order mixed assorted. It is great stuff.

Fiji Nano Box -
Of course Fiji has their GREAT Nano box as well, 40 pieces, you can order it as an all Acro mix, all hard coral mix (which will be part Acros), or all soft coral mix, OR a two or three-way split, yes, you can have it your way. They are $18 each plus $20 Fiji box and packing and the $20 reox in LAX. Makes them $19 each leaving LA. Add domestic freight paid to airline when you pick up, and so $20 or $21 each to you at your airport. Fiji is usually a Tuesday at LAX, Wednesday to you. Though some weeks Thursday LAX, Friday to you. These are absolutely fantastic pieces, a great selection of everything Fiji cultures and has to offer. As Walt says, "tiny but nice!"

birdfish


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January 22, 2014

And now for something completely different....
to get the new year off to an exciting start,
here is something neat ... we put a couple of
short videos up that some of our favorite customers sent us.

They can be seen here: Videos

There are just a couple for starters.... some Bali fish that
just came out of acclimation, and some large Fiji Acropora
that just came in. We thought they were cool and wanted to
share them with you.

We would like to ask you, our favorite people, to send us some
short clips like these, say 30 seconds or a minute, so as not
to be too big or long. Show us your tanks, or fish, or corals,
and we'll build a collection of them for all to see.
If you have a short bit you would like to share we would really
appreciate it! You can tell us in the video or in a note what the
focus is. Don't forget to tell us if or how you want your name
referenced and maybe the size of tank, coral or fish to help
explain your vid. Show us the fish, coral, or live rock you got from us.
We'd love to see it! I'm sure others would too!

~ ~

As for livestock, this just in, fish and corals are up, live
rock is down.   All this and more..... film at 11, or at
the link above. ;)

There hasn't been a live rock shipment in a long time, we're
expecting word on the next one soon. It will be an Indo area live
rock, either from the big island of Java, or adjacent Bali. Both
are very similar, old dead coral pieces encrusted with colorful
coralline algaes, often some bit of macros too.

Fiji boat rock is always available, but the real deal fresh stuff
island-to-you live rock is a hurry up and order, and wait and wait
thing now, unless you get in right before a shipment.

Bali fish are coming in good from a couple of the suppliers.
We have an Excel spreadsheet with a half-dozen or more fish lists
on it, from Bali to Kenya, Fiji, Philippines, and Red Sea.
Send us an e-mail if you want a copy..... let us know if you
want other than .xlsx, say in dear old .xls format.

One of the Bali Acro farms (we receive from three different ones in Bali)
is running outstanding these days for cultured SPS pieces. Big grown-out
colonies ... you can pick what types you want. If you want to pick species,
this is where we get them from. The assortment boxes (where they pick types)
are a little cheaper than picking species, with excellent 3"+ colonies.
This great pick-your-species place has 3-4 to 5 inch colonies.
You can order assorted from there too, but still the price is a couple
bucks a piece higher from that supplier. They know what they have.
It is stellar stuff, great health, color, and sized colonies.

We also have an Excel spreadsheet of the various Acro sources so
you can compare several different places lists if you are looking for
a particular species, it is free for the asking and comes with a
money-back guaranty, just e-mail us a request for the Acro-SPS master list.

So send us a short video of your pride and joy if you please,
we'd love to see it! And don't hesitate to ask for a spreadsheet
for fish or Acro-SPS availabilities. Feel free to shoot me an
e-mail with any questions, any time.

birdfish


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January 6, 2014

We hope you had great holidays and wish
all of you a healthy and happy New Year!
Lots of the country has been on the cold side lately.
Here's a tip ... in an emergency, a big roll of
bubble-wrap can do wonders to retain heat in a tank.

Most of the fish and corals are shipping as
though nothing is going on, as normal. We're using
a lot of heat packs though. There have been only
a few storms so far that caused localized short
embargoes in a few spots as far as the airlines go.

Here's some updates and news for you ...

Vanuatu and Tonga remain 100% off line for
fish, coral, and live rock.

The only fresh, real deal air-freighted island
to you live rock is from the Indo area, roughly
once a month, but not always. It may come from
Java one month, adjacent Bali the next, based
mostly on who will spend CITES quota allowances on it.
Either way the live rock will be great classic "Indo" rock.
It is worth waiting for, as it is covered in life and color!
Unless you get in right before a shipment, plan
on a wait and order way ahead of when you want it!
Also, Fiji boat rock is available, but with a two box minimum.

For corals, our Bali cultured Acros are coming in
off-the-charts fantastic! Fiji wild Acros are also
running great now. You can't go wrong with either
one. In stores, they'd go for at least double the price.

Our Fish or Coral List Central pages is the easiest
way to view a variety of pages to see what is available.
And, as always, you are welcome to send us an email!

Best wishes for a great 2014!!



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December 3, 2013

We hope you had a good Thanksgiving, with plenty
of turkey, stuffing, and cranberries! Now Christmas
is just a few weeks ahead so if you want some new fancy
pieces of coral or fish in your tank before your
guests arrive, you'll need to order soon!

Other than if there is a blizzard or major freeze
type of shutdown or embargo of live animals by
the airlines, we plan on shipping most of the month.
Several of the suppliers shut down in January for
Ramadan (particularly Indonesian sources other
than Bali), or Chinese New Year, which is at
the end of January. December can be better
for getting things, as January can have weather
related livestock embargoes. So, it's best
to plan ahead as much as possible.

The next couple of weeks are very good for getting
things before Christmas. Part of this also depends
on the mail and gift load at the airlines, particularly
for the weekend before Christmas, so don't wait until
the last minute. It may be easier to ship the 28-29
weekend than the 21-22 weekend due to this.
The influx of holiday cards and other stuff (flowers, etc.)
that businesses buy will be over the weekend
after Christmas, before the New Year.


Of course, if you have any questions, you
can always send us an e-mail or give us
a call!


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Happy Holidays!



November 18, 2013

Here is a recent customer comment that was
shared with us about Java cultured Acros and SPS ...
"They were picked up earlier and have been dipped and placed in the tank.
There were two pieces DOA (out of 20). The ones that are alive are amazing already.
Will make great additions - not possible to find such show pieces - especially at that price.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Beth G., MI


SUPER SPECIAL:

Order this week to get $75 off a box of corals:
Java or Bali cultured, Fiji, or Viet Nam!
Just use the regular ordering buttons, we'll
refund $75 as soon as we receive your payment
with your order ... or, send us an e-mail
and we'll send you a payment button with
$75-off. This will pay most
of the freight on the box for many of you.  

Order cutoff is Thursday every week, but Wednesday
is better, especially for Java or Bali cultured,
which may have Wednesday cutoff many weeks.
Neither one comes in every week. Both are ON for
Sunday the 24th at LAX, the 25th to you. It's better
to order by Wed the 20th. Bali and Java cultured corals
are running great-to-fantastic, great Acro and
Monti selections ... see coral list links below!

Java Cultured Corals List

Bali Cultured Corals List

Fiji Corals List

Viet Nam Soft Corals List



Ordering Acros

Ordering Viet Nam

Viet Nam has some great fancy zoas and softies,
besides the ultra zoas, the fancy rare box usually
a bright green flower (cabbage) leather, green to
the bone, one customer sold his for $200, another
cut up a single combo rock and pieced out the zoos
and stuff on it, for $300. A single rock from the
special rare fancy box. This box is a bunch of
ultra grade softies and zoa cherries,
Viet Nam's best of the best.

Also, Bali fish are good fish, although it's
best if you order a couple of boxes at a time,
about 40 mixed size fish.

In the "you can't get it anymore" department,
both Tonga and Vanuatu are both completely off-line,
nothing from either site is available now, no rock,
no fish, no corals, nuthin'.
Manado live rock is also currently off-line.

Java is the only live rock available right now that
is the real deal air-freighted island-to-you live rock.
Shipments are erratic, but the rock is GREAT and well
worth the wait, which can be a month if you happen to
have just missed the last shipment, for instance;
a couple weeks easy if you get in line mid-cycle.
Sorry it's a hurry up and wait thing now as it sells
out in advance of shipment, every box, since there
is only one source, demand exceeds supply.
It's in vats curing for weeks prior to shipment,
so does not hard cycle ... quick and easy, essentially
smell-free. Hopefully it will become more regular
after the holidays.

In case you need a giggle, or perhaps missed this
back in the day ...... here is a guy who needs a
license for his pet fish, Eric........ (Monty Python)







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October 9, 2013

JAVA LIVE ROCK UPDATE -


The next shipment will likely be
late October or early November.
Be sure to order early to make sure
you are "in and counted," ... and then wait.
The ol' hurry up and wait drill,
we're sure you know it!


Here is a comment we received from
one of our customers from the recent
shipment of Java live rock ...

"I picked up the live rock this morning and it was amazing! Even better than the first time I bought live rock from you. The rock was just as requested, large show pieces. For each box there was two huge pieces (watermelon size) and maybe 4 pieces the size of a cantaloupe. You simply cannot buy this in a store. It has to be island direct. I know that my first aquarium was so successful because of your live rock. I have no doubt it will be the critical piece of my 300 gallon reef tank this time. To me, this is the most important investment into a stable, thriving aquarium. No store bought machine can ever do what live rock does for an aquarium and live rock isn't truly live rock unless it is directly shipped from the islands. Thanks again."   Graham S., Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 2013



September 25, 2013

Tomorrow, Sept. 26th is cut-off for ordering Java
live rock, expected into LAX sometime next week!
Bali fish are coming in great, as are all of
the corals. Stocks are good, so sizing is good
and suppliers are entering their spring season,
so the weather is good in most places and will
get better until typhoon season hits.



September 9, 2013

Just for fun ... this is one of Birdfish's favorite songs!





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LIVE ROCK UPDATE ... Although we do not have a firm date
on its arrival, we are hoping to see a shipment of JAVA live rock
in a couple of weeks from now. As usual, it sells out, so be sure
to plan ahead to make sure your order is in line if you would
like to get some! This is really nice live rock!

More info & photos!




August 15, 2013

Java Live Rock Arrival -

The next Java live rock shipment is currently
scheduled to arrive to LAX on Sept. 3rd.
So most of you would receive it on Wednesday,
Sept. 4th.

It sells out, so if you'd like to get some,
order now so you can make sure you are on the list!


August 6, 2013

Viet Nam specials!

Viet Nam special boxes are coming in this week, order by Thursday.
Both suppliers are shipping, one with the regular (excellent)
assorted mixes: 22 shrooms, or 20 zooanthids, or 25 soft corals.
This week the supplier has offered a discount, so the price to
you is $600, plus a $20 re-ox fee (new bags, water, and ox).

These boxes are a steal folks! Great pieces, coverage, and colors.
Viet Nam Mushrooms, Polyps, Soft Corals

The other supplier has the Rare Premium boxes with
ultra zoos and shrooms ... 24 pieces for $852.
They are offering $50 off a box this week.
So let's call it $800 ... $52-off. See our Box-lot Specials
page for some pix of these spectacular pieces.
Viet Nam Rare Premium Zooanthids & Soft Corals

** For either Viet Nam special, use the regular price
ordering buttons and we will immediately send you
a refund for the difference between these special
prices and the regular prices.


That difference will pay a lot of your domestic
LAX-to-you freight. Depending on which box you order,
it is $50-75 off, essentially a couple of free corals.

~ birdfish



July 31, 2013

We have received a confirmed (freight space booked) ship date
for the next live rock shipment, finally! Thursday Aug. 8th is
the arrival date at LAX, Friday to destinations (YOU).
This is JAVA live rock, formerly most often just called "Indo" rock,
and famous for a reason.

The rock is collected, cleaned, in the holding vats (concrete runs)
awaiting shipment. There have been freight space problems recently
that precluded shipment. Typically in the winter and spring when
it is the busy season, they do not ship this rock as each piece
counts as a piece of coral against their allotment quotas and
there's more profit for a piece of coral. Summer is the slow
season, so they will ship live rock now, but it won't last long is my guess.
Get your orders in ASAP if you want any, it will sell out
and there won't be any extra boxes like the good ol' days.

Tonga, Vanuatu, and Manado all remain off-line presently, though
Manado will hopefully have a shipment available by the end of August.
Think a month ahead is the rule of the day when considering
timing of fresh air-freighted live rock nowadays.
If you order now you can get some next week, and there
is no telling when the next shipment will be.

To order, you may use the Manado live rock ordering buttons,
typing "JAVA" in the notes section of your order
or send us an e-mail.

Live Rock Ordering Page

I'm not confident about Tonga and Vanuatu live rock at the
moment, and suspect Manado will get back to shipping again,
but no dates are set yet. Hopefully Java will ship every
couple of weeks for a couple of months.

If you want the real deal fresh live rock straight from
island to you, the only way to get it is to hurry up (order)
and wait (for shipment) with a large dose of patience.
You only set up the foundation for your tank once, and,
like your house, doing it right is critical to success.
You won't ever forget the outstanding quality of fresh rock,
you will quickly forget how long it took to get.

~ birdfish



July 22, 2013

There is word of an incoming Java live rock shipment!
Java is where the long-famous Indo rock is from.

It is very high quality, excellent live rock.
The incoming shipment is hoped for late
this week, perhaps Thursday or Sunday,
and a day later to you. To order, you may
use the Manado ordering buttons, as it
is the same price (there is no next Manado
shipment date yet), noting "Java live rock"
in the comments area of your payment, along
your phone number, or, send us an e-mail.

It will be good sized pieces of old dead corals,
with great coverage of coralline alga.
Order ASAP if you want to get in on it.
One must be very patient if you want fresh
air-freighted live rock these days, shipments
are intermittent. Plan way ahead. There is not
much notice when shipments get arranged now.
If you order right before a shipment you can
get it quickly, but we can't tell far in advance
since the annual summer slowdown
has scheduling, er, rocky.

Bali has some great fish coming in, e-mail
if you want an excel spreadsheet with a bunch
of lists, we'll have the fish lists up shortly.
Just ask to see Red Sea, Vanuatu, Bali, Fiji,
or other fish lists.

~ birdfish

Live Rock Ordering page

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July 2, 2013

Hi all,

Just a reminder ... for many sources,
Wednesday will be order cut-off this week,
as there won't be the normal transactions on Thursday.


Check out the new Australia tranship list
if you are looking for Chalice, Acropora,
Scolymia, Acanthastrea.

Australia List

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

~ birdfish



June 27, 2013

Fiji Tukani Live Rock

There is some Fiji Tukani live rock that has just
arrived in the U.S. Like all Fiji live rock, it is
boated here, but it just got here, and is fresh
as it gets, and it looks pretty good.

Check out this picture they just took after
opening one of the boxes.

Fiji Tukani Live Rock

It is boat rock, so it might cure hard (a month plus),
and take a while to come back to full blazing colors,
but it clearly has a lot of the right stuff on it,
and will color up well in time. It is amazingly airy,
as you can see, each piece a collection of nooks
and crannies. For sumps, refugiums, a pod city,
it would be excellent, and if you are patient,
for a display tank.

The boxes are 50 pounds and there is at
least a two-box minimum. Please contact us
if you are interested!

Two boxes are $2.65 per pound and $265.00.
Three boxes are $2.60 per pound and $390.00.

Contact Us



June 17, 2013

Since all things must pass, so must our special
sale pricing on Fiji, Banda, and Bali corals.
When we can get a deal from a supplier we love to
pass it on to you in the way of a discount.
They are usually looking for a few extra boxes
of orders and their offers don't last forever.

Meanwhile, if you want a special deal, call or
e-mail us with what you are looking for and we'll
make you a special offer. Try the cell # if the
landline toll-free won't connect (usually calls
from cell phones).

We tranship fish, that is, boxes of Bali, or Vanuatu,
or Irian Jaya fish, for instance, packed per your order
from their stock lists, at the point of origin just
like the coral boxes. You pick the 10, 20, or 30 or
more fish (pending size) to make up your box.
It is a great way to get fish you aren't seeing
at your local store. But you should have a QT system
for them, as for anything brought in direct.
Shortly we'll have a some fish lists up you can
persue for items you may be looking for.
You can't just get one or two fish, unless show
sized and they fill a box.

If you can't wait to see a list and have excel
(or can translate that), send us an e-mail and we'll
send you the lists in spreadsheet format.

We have put up a couple of new articles ... see our
articles section, one is on QT (quarantine), one
on tropical terminology, and another is the comments
I sent to U.S. Fish & Wildlife about the
proposed listing of some corals as endangered.
You might find something interesting in one of them.

:)
birdfish

Article Links





June 3, 2013

We have some new specials going on from
Banda, Fiji, and Bali!

BANDA -   For mixed assortments of SPS, LPS,
zoos, softies to shrooms, the new source at Banda
has fantastic corals folks!

Here is one of our recent customer's
comments about the box he received:

"Picked up the corals, everything looks good ...
they must have been out of a couple things
on my list but they sub'd a couple that look
kinda cool I think, whatever they are.
Only one dead torch stinking in the bag,
but they look good, overall happy with
Banda corals. Thanks for the good service
and you'll be hearing from me again soon. :)"

Jerry S., Lincoln, NE ~ May 2013



GET TWO FREE CORALS or $70 off on a box
of Banda Corals!


Please e-mail or call us with your "want list"
from the following page, using the payment
button on the bottom of the page to order.

Banda Corals List


FIJI -   For Acros, if you like wild, you'll love
our Fiji colonies, most baseball-sized on
average, big wild, full colonies.

Order a box of 10, 12, or 14 pieces
(whichever they choose)
for only $575 ... a HUNDRED $$ off the regular price!

For most, this will pay the shipping on the
box to your local airport!



BALI -   For cultured Acros and other corals, try
our Bali box. You may either select 18 corals
from their list, or receive a box of deep
and shallow mixed for only $600.
This is $75 off the regular price, which equals
getting a couple free. This will almost pay your freight!

Bali Cultured Corals List

These very special offers will expire soon!!

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May 20, 2013

And now for something completely different....


FLORIDA BOXLOT SPECIALS: ONE WEEK ONLY!

FedEx to your door, everything is included!

Selections are one box per descriptions below
of either St. Thomas Polyps, Red Flower Anemone,
Green Flower Anemone, Ricordea florida


BOX #1: 20 Red Flower Anemone - $620

BOX #2: 10 Red Flower AND 10 Green Flower Anemone - $470

BOX #3: 30 Ricordea florida - mixed colors - $320

BOX #4: 20 St. Thomas Polyps - $420

BOX #5: 10 Red Flower Anemone & 20 Ricordea florida - $500

Pricing includes EVERYTHING:
product, box charge, heat/ice packs,
and shipping via FedEx STANDARD OVERNIGHT to your door.

Orders must be in by May 27th,
will ship on May 28th,
to you May 29th!!

Flower Anemone

Ricordea florida





May 9, 2013

Hi all,

Check out our new "Coral List Central" page.
It has lists of most of the currently available
corals from many sources in one easy place.

Coral List Central


Manado live rock arrived in late April
and was fantastic! We are waiting for the
next shipment, which is hoped for by late May.
They can only gather, clean and prepare it so
fast. It is the only real-deal fresh,
air-freighted live rock currently available
and is as hard as ever to get. It sells out,
of course now that it is the only fresh live
rock available, so place your orders ASAP
to make sure you get in on the next shipment.
Orders placed a week before a shipment might
be hard to fill until the next following
shipment if it is already sold out.
Tonga has opened up on a limited basis for
some corals only, no fish, no live rock, yet.
Just a couple shipments so far, there seems some
ironing out of details to be done yet.
We're watching it closely.

Our non-mainstream Fiji Acro guy has the best
wild full heads you can get, he's slow, but
worth the wait. These are not the regular Fiji
Acros you see commonly, there is a very limited
supply of this best stuff.

The cultured Indo area Acro colonies (Bali, Java,
Banda, Kupang) are excellent quality and size
(3"+, many are 4"). Most have species
lists to choose types and often colors from.

Bali, Banda, and Kupang (Timor) are great for
overall general variety of Indo area corals,
if you want a mix of everything, from LPS to SPS,
softies, shrooms and zoos. Each has some of the
scarcer items on their lists.

Banda is a new source and the corals are excellent.
Order an assorted box of 20 mixed corals, and get
two corals free. Normally it is $35 each, $700 for
the box of twenty, we will refund $70 or have them
put two extra corals in the box. That is 10% off the
regular price, and only 31.50 per coral! The mixed
box is any average priced coral from their list, you
pick which 22 you want. Not valid with any other offer.
Use the button to order. The discount will just about
pay your freight on the box.


Banda Corals List



May 2, 2013

This week we have a very special offer
for a box of Java acropora. These great cultured
colonies are normally $45 each, estimated at 17 pieces
for $765. Order by May 8th and get the box for $700,
which is $65 off the regular price. We will
rebate as soon as your payment goes through,
just use the ordering button. This will pay
the major part of the doemstic freight LAX to you.
It is almost $4 off PER coral. The Java is excellent,
and size is 3" plus full colonies as in the
pictures, many are 4". You can order assorted
or you may pick species, and even in
many cases, the colors, from the Java cultured
SPS list below. You can pick other items besides
Acros if it tickles your fancy. Just send us a
list of 20 you want, as they can be out of one
type or another, or don't have permits to
export that species this week, etc., at any time.
Not valid with any other offer.

You may see the species list here:   Java Species List

To see example photos, scan through our Acropora Page.

To order, please go to our Ordering Acropora page, scrolling down to the Java ordering button.



April 21, 2013

Hi all,

Live rock in particular, but coral supplies too, are somewhat tight now,
at least for the fancy rare stuff, there is enough of the standard
basic good corals. Live rock has been quite scarce and hard to get.
One shipment so far this year of fresh air-freighted real deal live rock.
Supposed to be more soon, the dam will break shortly.

As the CITES quotas continue to be reduced, the prices on rarer corals
go up, and they are rationed. The fancier corals are often taking a
couple weeks to be shipped.

Hopefully Tonga will get back on line soon as is being
said, and it will get back to normal consistency shortly.

If you are interested in rock or flower anemones,
please send us a note for a special deal.

Banda is a new coral source, which is very good, priced somewhat
lower than many other places are now. The Banda Islands are
nestled within the Maluku Islands or the Moluccas, east of
Java, in Indonesia.

Please see our new Banda Corals List.

They have a great selection available from one place.

Keep an eye out, as we're making a "coral list central"
page with links to each area's lists all on one page,
to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for,
or to know what comes from where.

Cultured Acros are great from Java, Bali, Kupang, and Banda, all
of the Indonesia area sources. At most you can pick species,
some allow color choices for some species.
Ask for the lists if you can't find the links.

Also there is a great selection of cultured Acropora and other
corals in the nano size from Fiji. The best wild Fiji whole colonies
can take a couple weeks to get, but are well worth the wait.
Just as a reminder, Indo areas run 17-20 corals per box, Fiji wild 10-15,
usually a dozen lately, the Fiji nano come 40 per box.

The Fiji nano are called tiny, but they're extremely nice cultured frags.
If you can get some friends together to go in together on a box and get say
10 or 15 each, it's a great deal. They will be an assortment of all
the Fiji Acros, cultured nano sized. You can also get the Fiji nano box
of 40 in mixed soft corals, or mixed hard corals, or a combo of Acropora,
hard, and soft in the box, giving a great mix of all Fiji has to offer.
At $18 each, $720 for 40 pieces it too is a great deal.
(+ add $15 Fiji box charge).
These may be ordered from our Corals Information Page.



SPECIAL SPRING SALE NOTICE!

Here is a very, very special offer you won't see often.
We invite you to take part in our Special Spring Sale.

For coral orders placed by April 30th, we will refund $60 off
of every box. After your order has been placed, you will
receive a $60.00 refund as soon as your payment clears.
That is more than one free coral for every box ordered.

Check out our Box-lot Specials for what are already some terrific
deals, take another $60 off those prices. Depending on what you order, it could
be $2-3 off of each coral in the box, or at least 1.5 free corals in the box,
unless you custom order super rare stuff, in which case you'll still get one free.

Remember, you must place your order by April 30th.
This special is for coral boxes only, not live rock.
Not valid with any other offer.




March 14, 2013

We'd like to to share a few pictures
with you of a few neat items shipping
these days. From Bali ~ there are examples
of the awesome Euphyllia (Torch) and the
Montipora they culture there.

Bali Box-lot Specials

Bali Torch

Bali Torch



From Viet Nam ~ there are some of
the fancy zooanthids from the
Viet Nam Super Fancy Zoos Box-lot.

Viet Nam Zoos



We hope you have enjoyed some of this "eye candy!"

Photos courtesy of www.stlsaltwatercritters.com



March 7, 2013

Word has it that Tonga will be re-opening shortly!

The next Manado live rock shipment is supposed to be coming in soon,
so if you're planning on ordering, now is the time, as it
could be sold out next week.



February 26, 2013

Hi Folks,

We have a couple of updates for you.

The first one has to do with a telephone
communication issue ... for instance, if you
try to place a call and receive "dead air,"
especially if your call is being made from a cell phone.
You can now call the following cell phone number,
also toll-free. The number is: (855) 225-8086

**Please do not send any text or data messages.**

Next, we thought you might be interested in what
we've been hearing from customers about some
live rock and corals that have been shipped recently.
So, the following are a few unsolicited
customer comments from the last month.

A special thanks to these customers for
their kind comments!

~ ~ ~ ~

Re: Feb 2013 Fiji Acropora Shipment

"Everything arrived safe and sound.
Whomever packs these corals does a great
job.  All 15 Acros are colorful and beautiful
whole colonies.  All arrived packed in plenty
of fresh smelling water.  They arrived at
about 66 degrees Farenheit, which is not bad
at all considering that they spent time in the
belly of a plane.  Thanks for your insight
and great communication. "
Jim B., Denver, CO

~ ~ ~ ~

Re: Feb. 2013 Manado Live Rock Shipment

"Got the rock ... looks absolutely fabulous
and smells just like the ocean. Thanks for everything   :o)
Including some pics of this amazing LR!
You guys are the best!"
Thanks again,
Doug C., New Jersey

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Re: Feb. 2013 Viet Nam Super Fancy Zoos

"I have to say these zoos are excellent quality.
We can definitely do business with this supplier.
Half of them are opening up in the first
two hours out of the box.  You can see good
color even when they are closed while taking
them out of the bags.  They added some extras,
uncommon mushrooms, even a coco worm and other
softies.  No deaths and very well packaged.
All smelled fresh out of the bags.
So happy with this shipment.
Thanks for your work."
F.M., Florida

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Re: Feb. 2013 Manado Live Rock

"Thank you so much for such good service!
On my order of live rock I'm highly impressed.
I could tell that it is fresh because it did
not have a bad smell to it and I'm sure that
my curing process will be less time.  I've never
done business with anyone else and I never will
you all are my friends!!  Just as soon as I set up
my cylinder tank I will come back at you all
for 2 more boxes of live rock."
Thanks,
Earl M., Lexington, Kentucky





January 21, 2013

We have a new box of mostly mixed fancy
(rare) zoanthids and soft corals from Viet Nam.
There is ample supply of the regular zoos and
soft corals from Viet Nam, but these are very
limited and very special, as they are the
fanciest of the zoos from there, truly spectacular.

The box is a mix of 24 pieces, which is one
third of each of the following ... fancy zoos,
mixed combo rocks (mostly zoos), and Grade-A
soft corals, which is a mix of mushrooms,
leathers, zoos, a soft coral assortment.

Please see our Box-lots page for more details!

Also, check out the photo page for these
(the link is below and also on the Box-lots page),
noting the frags below the zoos are wholesale only,
but some nice Acanthastrea frags to see if you like them.

Photos


In other news ... shipments from Vanuatu have
ceased for the time being, with no fish, live rock,
or re-open date in sight.


Just a reminder that many of the sources or
importers ship every two weeks, especially those
that originate in the Indonesia area (including Bali),
so how quickly you can get something partly
depends on if that source came in last week, or
if it is scheduled for the upcoming week.


Java Fancy Zoos and Java Acros are scheduled for
next week, so orders are best placed by Wednesday the 23rd.


That's all for now folks!
Stay dry and keep warm!

~birdfish



January 15, 2013

Update on MANADO LIVE ROCK ...
it is expected to be coming in on January 22nd (to LAX)   !!
In other words, as of today, Tuesday, you have a couple of
days to get your order in ... ordering by Wednesday is
better than Thursday to be sure you're in!

Also, check out the new Bali box-lot
specials! Bali arrives every other week,
and is on for this Sunday the 20th at LAX.

Box-lot Specials



January 6, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We wish all a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!
A very big THANK YOU to all of our customers for your
patronage, we really appreciate it. We will continue
to do our best to offer only the highest quality live rock
and corals, and at reasonable prices, besides providing
what we hope is as great a customer experience as
you've ever had. Though due to the economic turndown,
we regret there will no longer be boxes of roses and
chocolates with your live rock.   :)

We still have some phone issues from some inbound
long distance carriers (cell mostly) so please try a
land-line, or a couple of the numbers if you have trouble,
or e-mail, and we'll call you. We're here, awaiting an
opportunity to be at your service.   :)

For live rock, there is a little bit of good
old-fashioned Tonga available on a limited permit,
which is nearly weekly, but it won't last long,
a couple of months is what it appears, unless and
until the permit is extended or a full permit is granted.
Over Indo way, the Manado is great, it runs about once
a month, depending on a big wholesaler order.
Vanuatu is hoped to re-open again soon, but
still offline presently.

For Acros, Java is the best cultured, and the slow
guy in Fiji (10-14 days to fill order) is the best of
the wild, though the Tonga gives it a run for the money.
Tonga besides great Acros has the best encrusting Montipora.

No matter what you are looking for, please
don't hesitate to ask (send an e-mail) if you don't
see what you want, there are lots of limited sources
of all kinds of things we can get for you. But we
can't do one fish two fish, one coral type of stuff.

A gentle reminder... we do not ship outside
of the lower 48 states and Alaska, e.g., no international.

Nov. 27, 2012

Hi all,

We hope you had a good Thanksgiving! With the peak
holiday season just ahead, now is the time to remind
that many of the importers and exporters close down
from just before Christmas to after the New Year and
there is also the holiday Ramadan in January that
can affect Indonesia supplies. There are a couple weeks
now in which we can order and get everything before
the year-end close down of some sources and locations.
It's not a complete and total shutdown, there will
usually be a few sources shipping during that period,
if it is what you are looking for.

For live rock, the current situation is this:
Fiji is always available. The Manado has been
a once a month thing, and orders need to be placed
soon to get what will likely be the last shipment
of the year, in mid-Dec. or so. It is
invariably sold out. There is some Tonga live rock
available now on a limited basis, most of the
prior flavors: Branch (big or small), shelf,
Eva, Deepwater, Fusion. Vanuatu is still
not back up and running.

Java cultured Acros are great, every two or
three weeks, Walt S. Fiji is OK weekly; slower
(10-14 days) other supplier is better for Acropora,
and Tonga has great Acros and Montis, e-mail if
you'd like a current list.

Think ahead, you need to order soon
to get it before Christmas.   ;)
birdfish




October 2, 2012 -

Check out our Live Rock Photos & Pricing Page ...
the Tonga Red Branch and Fusion live rock is once again available!!
Also, there is now cultured live rock available from Tonga.

Live Rock Photos & Pricing



September 25, 2012 -

Aqua-cultured Nano Corals from Fiji and Tonga

There are a couple great box-lots of
aqua-cultured nano-sized corals available.
These are aquacultured frags that are small,
but awesome pieces. They are approx. 2", or
"silver dollar sized" (old), depending
on the shape and type of pieces.

You can get a box of all their hard corals,
or soft corals, or acropora. And you can even
get it half or half or with a third of each.

The Fiji box has 40 pieces, the Tonga box is 50 pieces.
They are $18 per piece. On the Fiji, there is a $15
box charge, which is included in the Tonga. As always,
plus domestic freight from LAX to your airport which
you pay to the airline when you pickup.

If you are looking for sellable frags, or
to grow out some frags, or to cover a reef wall
with a selection of Fiji or Tonga, these are ideal pieces.


To order, see our Corals Information Page.

The Fiji box is $720 (+box), the bigger Tonga box is $900.
There is little to no overlap in what these sites have
available as far as species mix goes.

Normal arrival day is Monday to LAX,
Tuesday to your nearest major airport.
Everything is repacked in L.A., getting new
bags, water and ox. Quality is A-1, 5-star, outstanding.


* LIVE ROCK NEWS *

Holy coralline rock man, there is some
aqua-cultured TONGA live rock available!
A permit has been issued for the one shipper
left there to export some aqua-cultured live rock.
Yes, of course we are plugged in and can get it!
It is a man-made rock made from coral rubble
and bits and cement. A guy named Walt put this
rock under water three years ago and it is
said to look great. We're waiting on pictures,
but wanted to get the word out ASAP.
It will be in 50 lb. boxes, $5.75 per pound.
So $287.50 per box and shipped air freight from Tonga.
Just to reiterate, this is not wild coral pieces
but man made, artificial aqua-cultured live rock.


Important Schedule info...


MANADO live rock is coming Oct. 2, get your orders in!
Thursday is cutoff, Wednesday is better.
That goes for everything every week in case you
did't know.....  :):)  Thanks!
Sometimes with live rock I can get a Friday order
but not with corals unless Fiji or Tonga, and Thursday
is better fill, Wed. a little better fill. Your order
is across the dateline within a matter of hours of you
placing it, so earlier is better. They have longer to
know what you want and put it together.




September 18, 2012 -

Here's a great deal for the softie fans!

Viet Nam Box-lot Super Specials

Viet Nam has some fantastic mushrooms
and soft corals (they don't allow hard
coral exports), and here we offer a
couple of box-lots that might be of interest.


Like everything, you pay domestic freight
to the airline when you pick it up,
about $100 a box.

Order by Thursday to receive Monday.

A) Box of Mushrooms - 22 pcs. per box, $675

Mixed box will have mostly one of each
kind they have. Green Stripe, Marble,
Violet Blue, Light Green and Light Blue Ricordea,
Maroon and Green Striped Maroon Discosoma,
Green Discosoma, Red, Green, and Blue Velvet,
Dark Red Tonga, Asst. Tonga, Blue Tonga,
Green and Purple Tonga, Green and Orange Tonga,
Blue Bull's-eye, Orange Ricordea,
Neon Green Ricordea, Purple Ricordea,
Green Ricordea, Green and Purple Ricordeo yuma,
Neon Green and Metallic Discosoma.

These are whole rocks covered in
very, very nice shrooms at less
than $31 per piece.

B) Box of Zooanthids - 20 pcs. per box, $650
($32.50 per piece)

This is twenty pieces of their four
main types of zoos ... mixed colors, red,
green outside with red center, bright green.

These are very nice rocks covered in beautiful zoos.

C) Mixed Soft Corals - 25 pcs. per box, $700
($28 per piece)

This is a 25-piece box that has an assortment
of their main types: Foxtail Hairy Tree,
Sabellastarte, Sinularia pavida, Yellow Finger Leather,
Yellow Mushroom Leather, Blue Echinogogia,
Sea Fan (Purple, and Red & White),
Orange Tree Alcyonium, Blue Clove Polyp,
Gorgonians, Dendronepthya.
Two or three of each type make the box.

These will be added to our
Box-lots Specials page shortly ...
in the meantime, if you wish to place
an order, please send us an e-mail
or give us a call.


Our E-mail

birdfish AT livestockusa DOT org
(Insert @ and a dot in place of capital letters)



Toll-free Phone:
(866) 874-7639
(855) 225-8086
Monday through Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Central Time)

If you have trouble getting through,
please send us an e-mail with your phone number.


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Here are a couple of comments from
the last Manado live rock shipment ...

Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012
From: Lisa
To: birdfish

The pick up was so easy!! Rock is in the tank ...
you were right, it was worth the wait!   :)

~ ~ ~

Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012
From: Kent
To: birdfish

I just got all the rock into the tank and it's freakin unbelievable!
I'll send pic's soon!!

Kent
P.S. Your information was spot on.
Had no problem at all with the pickup ... thanks!

~ ~ ~

And from the last Java cultured Acropora shipment:
(from a repeat customer)

Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012
From: Em
To: birdfish

Am happy with my corals. Thanks, Em

~ ~ ~

It's always great to hear!!

Don't miss our live rock sump sale!
Some of the fancy pieces have been sold,
but there are still some great rare Tonga and
Marshall Island pieces available!




August 22, 2012 -

The big news this week is that Vanuatu live rock is
OFFLINE for now! Right now, Manado is the only
available fresh real deal 5-Star air-freighted live rock.
Vanuatu will eventually re-open, but we do not
know how soon at the moment.

Due to the changes in live rock supply and availability,
we have will be offering a higher grade of Fiji boat rock
shortly, just working on the details for it. Since there
are so few choices at the present, we feel it may
serve a purpose for some now.

Tonga Acros are coming in great as usual, as are Java
cultured, and the slow Fiji guy can't be beat, but you
have to wait two weeks.

Although our land line incoming long distance phone
issue persists, we have been informed by more than
one customer that the second number of these two
worked for them on a second or third try!
There does not appear to be any rhyme or reason
for this, but if you cannot get through, simply
send an e-mail with your phone number.

(866) 874-7639 or (855) 225-8086
(birdfish@livestockusa.org)



July 30, 2012 -

First, Tonga is back on-line shipping outstanding
corals just like the good old days! Call or e-mail
us for a current list ... if you have trouble calling us,
please send us an e-mail with your phone number
and we'll call you.  (866) 874-7639 or (855) 225-8086


Second, there are two new fantastic NANO coral boxes
available, one from Tonga and one from Fiji. They are
silver dollar (old-fashioned type, not new) sized for the
shorter broader types, and 2" or so tall for the more
vertical varieties (Acros). These are cultured pieces
of the highest quality.


You can order just acropora, hard corals, soft corals,
or mixed. Tonga is 50 pieces per box, Fiji is 40 pieces
per box. They are $16 a piece F.O.B. LAX, everything
included, no additional charges except heat or ice for
the box and the domestic freight you pay the airline
when you pickup. So, the 40 piece Fiji box is $640
and the 50 piece Tonga box is $800.

Third, a reminder you can email us for an excel file
with lists from a dozen places on it!

We're working on a new mineral supplement for you,
so keep your eyes out for that soon..... :)


Again, if you have trouble calling us,
please send us an e-mail (birdfish@livestockusa.org)
with your phone number.

If your call doesn't go through please see
the FCC link below to file a complaint, as
well as one with your long-distance carrier
in hopes of this problem getting solved!

FCC - Long Distance Calling Problems



Some recent items of interest ...

Live Rock Sump Sale         Super Summer Coral Sale

New Pictures of Manado Live Rock





July 11, 2012 -

Check out these pix of the last Manado live rock shipment.
Many thanks to Jess M. for sending them. As you
can see, it is beautiful live rock, the real deal
fresh and covered with color and encrusting growth
of various types, corallines, halimeda, etc.
The next shipment is currently scheduled for a window
of the 22nd-26th arrival to LAX, exact date not yet
set firm, but that is the plan as of today.
Get your orders in soon to make sure you get some
of this beautiful live rock.

Live Rock Photos & Pricing



July 3rd -

Wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July!

We have a treat for you if you are looking for
individual pieces of cured live rock ...
check out our Sump Sale to see what we are
offering from our personal stash!
!! Includes pieces from Tonga and the Marshall Islands !!

Here is an update on the telephone problem that
may exist for some of our customers (based on certain
long distance carriers, as described in our "Special Notice"
further down this page.) Again, if you have trouble calling us,
please send us an e-mail (birdfish @ livestockusa.org)
with your phone number.

FCC - Long Distance Calling Problems



June 27th -

One of our customers sent us some photos
of his Fiji live rock ... which you can
see on our Live Rock Photos & Pricing Page.
(Photos taken right out of the box upon receipt.)





Special Notice

If you have tried to contact us and cannot get through,
it may be due to a problem with the long-distance services
of Sprint and Verizon coming into our area via landlines,
according to our local telephone company. So, callers to
our toll-free number or long distance number may be
experiencing problems and receiving nothing but
"dead air" when they attempt to call.

Apparently, this is not affecting everyone, but we have
had multiple customers who cannot get through using
their hard-wired landline, yet they can get through
using their Verizon cell phone. Also, Sprint customers
have not been able to reach us, but if they use an
AT&T phone, their call is placed without any problem.
As far as we know, there is only a problem if your
long-distance carrier is Sprint or Verizon.

So if you try to call and get dead air, please complain
to your phone company that you are unable to complete a
call to a number in the area serviced by Southwest Texas
Telephone with the area code of "830" (with a toll-free option.)

Most likely, you may be a Sprint or Verizon
long-distance customer; if not, perhaps your
carrier contracts on their lines. But, please do
complain, as apparently not enough people are yet. :)
(Squeaky wheels get grease.)

Meanwhile, in order to reach us if you are unable to get
through on the phone, please send us an e-mail with your
phone number and we will call you.

We apologize for any inconvenience ... our local phone company,
and long-distance company are working on the problem
from their end, but it is an inbound issue on those
(Sprint and Verizon) landlines only.

birdfish
Toll-free: (866) 874-7639
(830) 966-2349
E-mail - birdfish @ livestockusa.org
(Remember to remove spaces from e-mail address if copying from this page.)



June 6, 2012

Leroy Headlee - In Memorium

It is with great sadness we learned of the passing last week of Leroy Headlee, founder of Geothermal Aquaculture Resource Foundation (GARF). Leroy was a pioneer in the industry and had a truly great "wet thumb." Much of what is a major segment of the saltwater hobby today, fragging corals, owes a big share of its popularity to one of its orginal founding believers and promoters, Leroy Headlee. He was ahead of his time in many ways, and certainly he left us too soon as well. He didn't just know about keeping and fragging corals, he knew everything from major pond-keeping to breeding angelfish, he was the real deal aquatics man through and through that knew his stuff.

I have several old (20 years?) aquarium magazines that have Leroy's articles, on breeding angelfish, and one of the big marine ones early on, setting up the bulletproof reef (or somesuch) it was titled. As one that had done both, I am very critical of articles, and thought they were both great. Little did I know when I was reading them, I would become friends with, and gadzooks for a decade, a supplier to him. (Yes, many of those frags y'all got a long time ago, was our Tonga, Fiji, and Timor.)

He had a great way of making complex simple and that "bulletproof" article got a lot of people to take the leap into saltwater, by making them see they could do it. Leroy did the same thing with fragging. He got LOTS of people to do it, to try something they might have been afraid of. Nearly two decades ago (at least) he was cutting Acros, and he spread his knowledge freely, far and wide. The truth is, there were some industry people that felt he shouldn't be spreading these secrets. Leroy created another industry teaching others what he learned, and it has spread like wildfire.

He had a great positive influence on many, that will be felt for some time to come. The new generation of fraggers might not realize how what they do in some ways can be traced back to Leroy Headlee's pioneering work to teach everyone how easy it is to keep marine, or how to frag stuff. Just as the books people read today are written by people that grew up on Axelrod, though today's newbie might not know who he was.

He was a nice guy, a good man, funny, knew how to love life and live happy, and I'm sure will be greatly missed by many who knew him. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of his friends, family, and especially to his dear wife, Sally Jo, whom was the light of Leroy's life.
~ birdfish



May 28, 2012 -
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April 19, 2012 -

We have some new articles on our Earth Day page.
Have a Happy Earth Day!

Please keep in mind that live rock and corals often
only come in every couple of weeks ... so, if you order
right before the next shipment, it will be quick, but if
you order just after one came in, you may have to
wait a week or two.

Note ... Tonga corals are available in a 14-piece box
again, so it's not the 30-piece "monster box" that it's been.

Also, some of the coral sources are only shipping
every two weeks, such as Java acropora.



April 3, 2012 -

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March 25, 2012 -

We have now have Fiji air-freight live rock available on our Live Rock Photos & Pricing Page and you may place your order on our Ordering Live Rock Page.



February 15, 2012 -

Some changes in availabilities are coming soon! The new CITES permits, as in every year recently, have severely restricted another few species and individual numbers. There is a new list of corals from Indonesia on our Hand-collected Hard & Soft Corals page.

We will soon be offering tanked stock of fish and corals ... the lists will be up in about a week or so. You will be able to select from a current stock list and get shipments nearly any day of the week.

And, if that's not enough, you aren't going to believe it, but Fiji air-freight live rock is once again available at a good price. It will be up on our Live Rock Photos & Pricing Page soon. Many of the Indonesia area types of live rock are no longer available, as each piece is being counted as a coral against shipping quotas, so the exporters do not want to use their permitted allotment up on a piece of rock, instead of a coral.

So, keep your eye on the webpage for these and other new things we will be bringing you this year.




January 16, 2012 -

Happy New Year! We hope you had good holidays! We are working on re-doing lots of the pages on our website, so please bear with us as we work on it. There will be some new things coming very soon we think you'll like.

Manado live rock is really coming in great, as is of course Vanuatu as always. The other types of live rock are currently off-line. We expect Vanuatu before the end of January, and the first Manado of the new year will be coming in on February 6th.

The coral shippers are starting to get back up and on-line.

The mixed boxes from Kupang, Timor are really great. $700 or $35 per piece for large whole colonies with a great assortment of twenty mixed corals ... hard corals, softs, shrooms, zoos, etc., the perfect tank stocker. These are the nice big $70-100 pieces in most stores and all will be the best colors and good size.

Please see our Box-lot Specials page.




We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we hope you have a GREAT Holiday Season! We'd like to thank all of our fans, supporters, customers, readers, we appreciate your stopping by, and patronage!

Many of the sources overseas normally shut down for the holidays, and some already have done so. Fiji and Tonga are still shipping great wild Acropora colonies, and Tonga great encrusting Montipora. The best cultured Indo area Acros for the last six months plus are Kupang, 17 avg. pcs. per box, $45 each, $765 for the box, $800 if they put in 18 pieces ... these are better than Bali or Java and many different types come in the boxes, but no choices, just assorted, and you will be very happy. Most of the live rock is already done until the New Year with Vanuatu's final shipment for the year is most likely on the 18th.

We will have some new exciting things to offer next year so keep an eye peeled and check back soon!

Our very best to you and yours,
Mitch
(birdfish)




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