After the update these things are crazy for silica. Just make a small underwater cave base near one of the big caves and collect all of the silica. You can get 50 pearls from one node if you pump melee. Just watch out for eels
Not sure if it's a PC thing but eels and jellys can knock you off on Xbox and kill your little lite brite. However they are amazing at getting pearls in the little river on Ragnarok. Haven't tried going after the black pearls yet.
Pearls are now easy af to farm with this little fella. Glad to see him finally get a unique ability. One of the most intresting fishes IRL but in game was always forgotten unless you wanted gel! NOW EVERY ALPHA HAS ONE Lvl slight weight and melee and speed and you have thousands of pearls in mere minutes