LM9 - the first Lightning Maroon Clownfish to be offered at auction for 2014.

LM9 – the first Lightning Maroon Clownfish to be offered at auction for 2014.

As of the evening of 6/17/2014, Blue Zoo Aquatics has once again launched a series of Lightning Maroon Clownfish auctions; here’s what they had to say about the latest round:

“Summer is here and it’s time for the next wave of Lightning Maroon Clownfish to hit the market. It’s been about 6 months since the last wave hit and these truly remarkable fish from Matt’s first and second spawnings are ready to ship to their new homes.

After nearly 3 years of toil, trouble and extreme dedication, breeder Matt Pedersen is proud to offer to the US market the next batch of these truly remarkable fish. For those discovering this amazing animal for the first time, please click HERE to familiarize yourself with the extraordinary journey that has taken place to bring these fish to market.

These next 5 will be auctioned off in 3 individual fish eBay listings. The last two in this wave will be sold as a bonded pair.

Each listing in each wave will be staggered by about 12 hours to give everybody the best chance to obtain one of these remarkable fish. Four of these fish, including both fish from the bonded pair, display the striking lightning pattern similar to their mother while one of these fish look similar to a normal patterned maroon clownfish except for distinctive jagged striping and the odd white dot in different places. This sibling is the only PNG bloodline maroon clownfish on the market and the best bet for continued breeding and development of the lightning pattern [Note, Blue Zoo may have reused information from past auctions here - Sea & Reef's Morse Code Maroons, released spring 2014, are F1 PNG bloodlines as well]. Matt has more information about this on his website, http://www.lightning-maroon-clownfish.com so be sure to check it out.”

The first auctioned fish, LM9, is already up for bids. And for those who’ve been following my updates, it’s not hard to figure out which fish will be sold as the “Bonded Pair” (ok, it’s LM17 with LM18 - UPDATE #3 – they are now at auction too).  I’ll keep the identies of the last two fish secret for now [UPDATED - LM14 is now also up for bid! - UPDATE #2 - WS13 is also now up for bid!], but you know you can rule out MWP3, as that fish has been donated to the MBI Workshop Raffle this year!