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    Photos from the New Blue Harbor: Spotlight Galore, Shark Tank and Rare Fish

    This weekend our friend Koji Wada reopened his freshly renovated Blue Harbor fish store to the public. The Osaka, Japan based store is known throughout the world for its rare fishes, and this reopening did not disappoint. As much as we would have loved to traverse that 9,000 mile gap, I had to leave it […]

    This weekend our friend Koji Wada reopened his freshly renovated Blue Harbor fish store to the public. The Osaka, Japan based store is known throughout the world for its rare fishes, and this reopening did not disappoint. As much as we would have loved to traverse that 9,000 mile gap, I had to leave it to Tetsuo to capture these images, taken just before Blue Harbor opened to the public.

    This photo clearly shows that Centropyge interrupta is the largest of the dwarf angels!

    Here you can see why Koji and Blue Harbor have grown a reputation within the rare fish market. Held in these three segregated systems are: Cirrhilabrus earlei, Apolemichthys arcuatus, Bodianus sanguineus, Nemateleotris helfrichi (Cook Island var.), Liopropoma rubre, Chaetodontoplus conspicillatus, Holanthias fuscipinnis (pair), Chaetodon tinkeri (pair).

    There are few places in the world where this many highly coveted fishes can be found under one roof.

    While rare fish may be what Blue Harbor is known for, their corals are just as up to par. Testsuo tells us this ‘deepwater’ Acropora was glowing under a Supercool metal halide spotlight.

    blue harbor japan

    Congratulations again to Mr. Koji Wada on his successful store re-opening and a special thanks to Tetsuo Otake for snapping these pictures for GBD. Hopefully this gives you a taste of what it is like inside Blue Harbor.

    10 Comments

    1. February 1, 2010 at 9:08 AM | Permalink

      Awesome! Lovely insight into a store not many of us will ever be able to visit.

    2. February 1, 2010 at 12:22 PM | Permalink

      Wow, that shark pic/tank is incredible. That looks really “realistic” in the reef sense. All the fish hanging out on and around the corals to avoid the predator.

      Probably stressful for the fish though, but neat idea.

    3. chase
      February 1, 2010 at 1:33 PM | Permalink

      This store looks absolutely gorgeous. Does anyone have any photo examples of stores of this caliber, stateside?

    4. btaylor66
      February 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

      That is an amazing assortment of fish and corals. I agree that would be an amazing site to see in person. I would say it is almost as good as when Eric got to visit LiveAquaria's facility.

    5. February 1, 2010 at 8:40 PM | Permalink

      WoW stunning displays , thanks for the follow up

    6. eliashickman
      February 1, 2010 at 10:01 PM | Permalink

      I live in Korea and I would love to visit some of the Japanese stores that you've showcased here. You're from Australia right? Are you living in Japan?

    7. February 1, 2010 at 10:48 PM | Permalink

      Hi Elias,

      I'm not sure if your comment is directed at me. If so, I'm from the States & live in Chicago. These photos were from another Glassboxer–Tetsuo Otake, who resides in Japan.

    8. eliashickman
      February 2, 2010 at 8:04 AM | Permalink

      Ahh okay. Thanks.

    9. Anonymous
      February 2, 2010 at 2:04 PM | Permalink

      Ahh okay. Thanks.

    10. August 27, 2011 at 8:36 PM | Permalink

      amazing live stocks.

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