Short Supply Chain Fishes
Why Short Supply Chains are Best
Marine aquarium fishes that reach the United States in less time after collection have a greater chance of long term survival in your aquarium than fishes that take longer to get from collection to retailer. Understand this basic concept and you understand why buying short supply chain fishes is in your best interest as a marine aquarium hobbyist. This is not to say that fishes that come to you as a result of a longer supply chain can’t do well in your aquarium, but for some species, such as small gobies, a short supply chain can, quite frankly, make the difference between life and death.
The way short supply chains work is that the animals are generally collected closer to export facilities by trained collectors who get the animals to the export facilities in a matter of hours or days, rather than days or weeks. Once at the export facilities, these short supply animals are housed in state-of-the-art holding facilities where they are sorted and prepped for export. After a short stay in the export facility, these animals are then packed and loaded onto plains for the flight to LAX, where they are then collected by importers, unpacked and introduced to another state-of-the-art holding facility. After quarantine, the animals are then moved to a retailer, where you, the hobbyist, can purchase the animal.
“All fishes do better when handled this way,” Says Mark Martin, director of marine ornamental research at Blue Zoo Aquatics. “This is why fish from the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga, as well as Sri Lanka, Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Maldives, and other smaller collection stations in Indonesia are better in terms of animal health.” This is why Blue Zoo Aquatics makes a commitment to the animals, and in turn to our customers, by using short supply chains to bring you, the hobbyist, the healthiest animals possible.