Yep, they’re protected species and it’s illegal to possess them even if maricultured. Doesn’t make sense to me but it is what it is.Tridacna clams are illegal in China? Wow, I did not know that. I am glad that they are maricultured these days. I expect you probably have better access to other corals that are not easily available elsewhere, yes?
I would love the take you up on that offer but I doubt that it would be allowed. UK customs would most likely confiscate the coral more's the pity. I visited the US for MACNA a few years ago and saw loads available for sale there, I really wanted to bring one home but knew I couldn't. I don't know why the UK won't allow them to be imported since they are aquacultured.
For corals generally seems we have a more limited selection vs. what I was used to in the US. But some corals are really cheap while others are much more expensive than in the US. If memory serves the dendro was maybe 3-4 cm x 1-2 cm when I bought it at an LFS, and I paid 150 CNY (£17) which was double the online price.
Totally understand the customs issue; I actually work in the logistics industry and would be happy to look into it for you because helping others makes me happy . But if you’re not mad crazy about dendros I agree probably not worth the trouble.
So… speaking of the haircut topic I came home this evening to another haircut. Not as severe yet as earlier but then again it just started. What luck. Blennies are no longer so I’m blaming the peppermint shrimp or hermits. Thing is the coco worms retract so quickly when bothered, I’m unclear how exactly something could “trim” it successfully.
Time for additional red lit nighttime investigations; perhaps I’ll also put a camera on it for a few days and then review the footage. Seems it happened during the day while I was out.
I’ll post a photo of the latest cut later just to share.