I agree, especially high rollers want big pieces and have no patience. But IMO
, I could care less for their needs. I feel most of them are into "statement" tanks and care little about the behind the scenes aspects. That's for the hired help to worry about...
Those of us that are dedicated can grow coral heads that are nicer than anything wild collected. That's what I'm doing, I'm not fragging (yet) but I am growing out big colonies that I will eventually sell for big numbers to said high rollers. In my case I can supply photographic evidence it was captive grown. What's a 12" GARF bonsai worth? A lot.
There is similarity with tree farms. Well healed or just impatient people will pay a high price to buy a big tree grown elsewhere. Instant gratification is a good business to be in.
But my bet is they will make it simple for themselves. When a coral or fish is added to the list there would be no trade in that animal anymore. Hopefully they will be smarter than that. We'll all end up hiding in our basements like pot farmers trading illicit frags!
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