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LM20 was offered via the Blue Zoo Collector's Choice for $999.95

LM20 was offered via the Blue Zoo Collector’s Choice for $999.95

Before I even had a chance to post it here on the Lighting Project, Lightning Maroon #20, aka LM20, was listed for $999.95 and sold via the Blue Zoo Collector’s Choice section of their website. This is likely the venue for at least the next few fish I release, which will remain drop shipped directly from Duluth, MN at this time. The best way to be notified of future offerings will be to get on the Blue Zoo Newsletter (subscribe on their homepage, left column) and watch the Lightning Maroon Clownfish Facebook Page.

4 more offspring up for bid in a Blue Zoo eBay auction.

4 more offspring up for bid in a Blue Zoo eBay auction.

Over the weekend, Blue Zoo started up 4 more eBay auctions for a few of the remaining fish I have to offer this summer.  These include the last 3 available fish from the June 29th, 2012 hatch; WS11, WS4, and LM11. LM19 is from spawn #14, the 10-24-2013 hatch, and is one of the best offspring I’ve raised to date (in my opinion). It is also a small fish at 1.5″, and would make an solid male in a pairing with a larger fish (of course, this is not without risks in trying to establish a pair).

>>>>> Just 2-3 days left to BID! <<<<<

This leaves only WS17 and LM20 for possible future auctions this summer if we so choose; I won’t have more fish at saleable size until fall or winter of this year.

*UPDATE* – Also, I should note, that Blue Zoo denoted LM19 as “best for last” in the auctions – we had been planning to keep LM19 for the last, but perhaps the wrong auction got made live or Blue Zoo changed the order but forgot to change the description.  So, as far as I know, it’s the “2nd to last”…

A look at the Lightning Maroon Clownfish available for purchase by a winning auction bid! 4 Auctions, 5 fish (including a PAIR) are available right now!

>>>>> BID NOW HERE  <<<<< 

Blue Zoo Aquatic’s eBay page has ALL active auctions

After that, a look at the 6 fish that remain for the Summer 2014 crop (after which, there won’t be any more to offer until fall or winter)!

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F1 PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish LM9 on eBay

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F1 PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish LM14 on eBay

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F1 PNG White Stripe Maroon WS13 on eBay

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F1 PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish BONDED PAIR, LM17 and LM18, on eBay

What’s left for summer 2014?  Not much, so start hatching your plans.

Still to come, includes 2 large White Stripes, 1 small White Stripe, 1 Large Lightning Maroon, 2 small Lightning Maroons.  So, again, plan appropriately! Still to be auctioned this summer (and probably very soon):

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F1 PNG White Stripe Maroon Clownfish WS4

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F1 PNG White Stripe Maroon Clownfish WS11

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F1 PNG White Stripe “Morse Code” Maroon Clownfish WS17

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F1 PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish LM14

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F1 PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish LM19

LM20

LM20

F1 PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish LM20

 

 

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!

 

The 2014 MBI Workshop presents a SHOCKING RAFFLE made possible by Blue Zoo Aquatics, MiniWaters LLC, and Sea & Reef Aquaculture.  In recognition of the 5th annual Marine Breeder’s Workshop, and the accomplishments made by marine breeders globally, we present a shocking once-in-a-lifetime raffle drawing!  One lucky winner will recieve the F1 PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish, MWP3, shown here, donated by Matt Pedersen (MiniWaters LLC) and Blue Zoo Aquatics, paired with a F1 PNG Morse Code Maroon donated by Sea & Reef Aquaculture, shipped from Duluth, MN by Blue Zoo Aquatics to any destination in the lower 48 US states after the 2014 MBI Workshop!  MBI Workshop July 19th, 2014 Cranbrook Institute of Science Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  For MBI Workshop registration, visit www.MBIWorkshop.com  Raffle tickets are only available at the workshop - MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!

The 2014 MBI Workshop presents a SHOCKING RAFFLE made possible by Blue Zoo Aquatics, MiniWaters LLC, and Sea & Reef Aquaculture.

In recognition of the 5th annual Marine Breeder’s Workshop, and the accomplishments made by marine breeders globally, we present a shocking once-in-a-lifetime raffle drawing!

One lucky winner will recieve the F1 PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish, MWP3, shown here, donated by Matt Pedersen (MiniWaters LLC) and Blue Zoo Aquatics, paired with a F1 PNG Morse Code Maroon donated by Sea & Reef Aquaculture, shipped from Duluth, MN by Blue Zoo Aquatics to any destination in the lower 48 US states after the 2014 MBI Workshop!

MBI Workshop
July 19th, 2014
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
For MBI Workshop registration, visit www.MBIWorkshop.com
Raffle tickets are only available at the workshop – MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!

On a whim I checked eBay tonight, and there it was, the first auction of the next 6 fish to be sold by Blue Zoo Aquatics.  They have kicked things off with Lightning Maroon #5 (LM5) – here’s a link to the LM5 Lightning Maroon Clownfish auction on eBay.

From reading the auction description, it sounds like Blue Zoo will be offering 3 fish now (not sure which three) and three fish after the Thanksgiving holiday, but well before Christmas.  This will leave roughly 4 fish here yet to be sold, retained as backups should anything go awry with winter shipping. All of the Lightning Maroon offspring on hand were recently updated with new photos in the inventory.

If all goes well (and it should) then those last 4 will probably be sold in early 2014, with more babies (presumably mainly from spawns #14 and #15) to come by late spring at the earliest. Definitely not getting hundreds or thousands of these fish, which means that until some of my supportive winners get their pairs going, it’s going to be a very limited variant for the near future.

After a LONG day of bagging on Monday, today went surprisingly easy as reports trickled in from the high bidders on the round 3 fish.  As I type this now at 11 PM, all recipients have reported in that the fish arrived alive and in great shape.  Several compliments on the packing came in as well (I’m packing these fish per direct instructions from Mark Martin at Blue Zoo, and the packaging design seems to be very effective for such precious cargo).

Last night I moved all the remaining fish out of the grow-out system and into the individual cubes; at some point this week I hope to take the updated photos and determine which fish go in the next round.  I’m guessing a round of 5-6 fish.  I’ve told some people this already, but I’ll put it out there in the usual spirit of transparency associated with The Lightning Project.  My aim is to hold back the best last two fish; these will be the final auction IF it comes to that.  Blue Zoo and I have of course stood behind these fish arriving alive, and part of that guarantee has been that if there was a problem with a fish, we would invite the winning bidder to select another fish from the inventory of comparable quality -or- simply refund the money; buyers choice.  As we draw to a close, it’s tough to make that same offer, so any losses seen with this next group will need to have a fish that I feel is as good, if not superior to, any of the fish in the round….thus, I will be saving the best for last.  Presuming all fish from the next round make it well, it will leave 2 fish left for a last final round, 1 White Stripe and 1 Lightning, to which I will not have any replacements to offer.

Once those auctions are done, it will not be until winter/spring of 2014 before we can even hope to see more lightnings ready for market.  Spawn #12 is going well so far, eating me out rotifers, and as of today, 9-24-2013, Spawn #13 was thrown down!

Blue Zoo Aquatics has listed the next 8 offspring from the Lightning Maroon Clownfish, dubbed the “Amazing 8″. The auction is live on eBay at this time – you can view all the auctions quickly via Blue Zoo Aquatics’ eBay items listing.

The first auction started Saturday night, 9/14/2013, with LM7.  As of this evening, 7 of the 8 are up, with the last fish, LM12, due to start the morning of 9/18/2013 (just a few hours from now).

LM12 - the last fish to be listed for the Round 3 Auctions

LM12 – the last fish to be listed for the Round 3 Auctions, listing the morning of 9/18/13

Here’s a snapshot of the auctions this very early morning at around 3 AM central time:

LM7 – currently $660.00

WS9 – currently $102.50

WS15 – currently $100.00

LM3 – currently $660.00

WS6 – currently $202.50

WS16 – currently $5.50

WS14 – currently $0.99!

LM12 -to be listed soon…

The other interesting part I have to mention is that this group will remove a large portion of the remaining offspring I’ll have available to sell.  10 fish in the inventory remain, although I have two more Lightning holdbacks I could opt to part with or might use for other purposes, and if all goes well the one sole survivor of Spawn #10, a baby lightning, could play a future role here too.

Fish that will likely be in some future auctions include WS4, WS7, LM6. LM9, WS11, LM11, WS13, LM13, LM14, LM17.

I should point out that if you want a white stripe offspring, there won’t be many chances left and you might want to secure your fish this time.  I may need to select one or two of the remaining four for my own breeding purposes; either way after round #3, there simply wont’ be much left in the way of White Stripe siblings (I still believe that the most promising pairing to produce more Lightning Maroons will be a Lightning crossed with it’s White Stripe sibling, which I think will yield 50/50 results just like their parents).

 

Today the next two fish, from the first batch of 5 sent to Blue Zoo, found homes today.

BZWS1 - the first White Stripe offspring from the wild Lightning Maroon pairing - courtesy Blue Zoo Aquatics

BZWS1 – the first White Stripe offspring from the wild Lightning Maroon pairing – courtesy Blue Zoo Aquatics

The auaction for the first white stripe offspring from the wild pair, BZWS1, closed with a bidder who’s held the top spot for several days now, closing at $810.00 – thank you to everyone who bid!  To the winner, as I’ll relay to ALL winners of my auctions, I do invite you to get in touch with me and continue to track and share the progress with your fish here at The Lighting Project.

Two more White Stripe Maroons from the Lightning Pair are still up for auction – BZWS2 and BZWS3, one closing at 9 am central time tomorrow, the other at 9 pm central.  When these two fish wrap up, that will account for all 5 fish I sent to Blue Zoo in our first shipment being sold.

BZLM1 - the second released Lightning Maroon found a home tonight - image courtesy Blue Zoo Aquatics

BZLM1 – the second released Lightning Maroon found a home tonight – image courtesy Blue Zoo Aquatics

The other auction that closed tonight was for the small Lightning Maroon, BZLM1, with a closing bid of $10,520.  I was pretty convinced that when today started and it sat at $5100, that was where it would remain.  I was wrong.

The best part? While I have NO CLUE who the winning bidder is, it is the same bidder who successfully purchased BZLM2 yesterday.  I can only assume that these two fish will be paired???  A total guess…I truly don’t know.  But, if paired, what a pair they will make!

Obviously, pairing them will be no easy task…it will require months of segregated growing, and particularly rationed feeding on the small one with liberal feeding to the other, in order to push a large size disparity so that once paired, it’s a harmonious, peaceful pair.  Even then, long time readers of The Lightning Project know exactly how difficult it’s been to pair up these PNG Maroons…this is no different.  Obviously I’ve already extended my personal invitation and support for this, and all bidders in the future, as I’d like to see everyone be very successful.  Anything I can do to help.  I would LOVE to see this pair grow and change over the years…and I suspect you all would too!  Open invitation stands!

My thanks goes out to all the bidders once again; I personally appreciate the excitement and interest you’ve ALL helped generate, and I take the interest as a compliment towards the project and my efforts.

BZLM2 - the first Lightning Maroon Clownfish to be sold at auction by Blue Zoo Aquatics.

BZLM2 – the first Lightning Maroon Clownfish to be sold at auction by Blue Zoo Aquatics. (image copyright Blue Zoo Aquatics)

BZLM2 - the first Lightning Maroon Clownfish to be sold at auction by Blue Zoo Aquatics.

BZLM2 – the first Lightning Maroon Clownfish to be sold at auction by Blue Zoo Aquatics (image copyright Blue Zoo Aquatics)

The post title pretty much says it all.  Moments ago, the first captive-bred Lightning Maroon clownfish to ever be sold has found a buyer via eBay.  You can view what’s been described as “An Epic Tropical Fish Auction” here.

My hearty congratulations and thanks go out to the winning bidder.  As the bidders identities are kept private, even I do not yet know who the winning bidder is.  I look forward to this bidder stepping forward and keeping us all up to date on this fish as it journeys out into the world.

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