South East Asia Buying Trip – Bali Fish

Indonesia is an archipelago consisting of over 17,500 islands of which Bali is just one, however due to it’s relatively central location and well connected airport thanks to its status as a centre of tourism it is one of the main exporters of marine fish in South East Asia as well as cultured corals as we have covered in a previous post.

Bringing our fish directly in through London Heathrow from trusted suppliers such as these as well as also buying from UK wholesalers allows us to offer the fishkeeper the widest selection of quality livestock year round, allowing for seasonal availability.

Although not the most modern looking of facilities this supplier is owned by a local family with years of experience that we have now been dealing with successfully for several years. In fact the grandfather of the family started as a marine fish exporter in the Philippines which is evidenced here by the Filipino style wooden marine ply aquariums with glass fronts. Not modern but certainly durable and effective as we found out whilst clambering over them looking for hidden treats and taking (not so effective) photographs!

One of the things we like most about this supplier is the recognition that fussy eaters such as Tangs and Bangaii Cardinals need extra rest and time to adjust to feeding in captivity and to regain strength before export and as such are held for longer periods of quarantine.

The Cardinals for example, upon arrival are placed in deep tanks and fed food which floats slowly down towards the bottom meaning they can feed as they naturally do in mid water. Once settled and feeding well they are then moved into the main fish house.

Newly arrived Bangaii Cardinals being fed

Healthy rested fish ready for careful shipping to the UK

Tangs are fed on a combination of lettuce and seaweed

Interestingly voracious feeders such as Unicorn Tangs are mixed in with delicate feeders such as Powder Blue Tangs and Copperband Butterflies

Rather than ending up being outcompeted as you may expect, the huge appetite of the Unicorn Tangs serves to encourage the other more delicate feeders to be more confident in taking forms of food they have no prior experience of. Truly a case of “fishy see fishy do”!

Carpet Anemone hosting a Common Clownfish

Most of our Clownfish also come from this supplier and are captive bred at an inland facility on the other side of the island which due to time limitations we were unfortunately unable to visit on this occasion.

As well as many common varieties such as Ocellaris, Percula, Maroon, Tomato and Clarki we are also able to special order A grade “Picasso” Clowns from this supplier.

The recirculation systems holding the fish at this facility have large filters and protein skimmers, but being situated just next to a mangrove means filtered saline water can be pumped in for regular water changes with ease. As the salinity is higher in the mangroves the water is first diluted with reverse osmosis water in holding tanks before being added to the systems.