10 most expensive aquarium fish
It is generally believed that a hobby for aquarium fish is a cute and inexpensive hobby.
However, this is not always the case.
Some representatives of the underwater world are accessible only to very wealthy people, and their ownership is as prestigious as, for example, the possession of a Bentley.
The high cost of exclusive fish due to their rarity.
This is either fish with unusual color mutations, or very difficult to breed in captivity and almost inaccessible in nature.
We bring to your attention a small informative review of the 10 most expensive aquarium fish in the world.
One of the most ancient fish living on our planet is Arovana, a dragon fish. It is found in the rivers of Southeast Asia, Africa and South America and reaches 80 cm in length. This graceful fish, which in nature catches insects by jumping out of the water and takes food from the owner’s hands in the aquarium, is considered the most expensive aquarium fish. Breeders bred many of their varieties. The average price for an elite Arovana fish is about $ 5,000. The cost of the rarest specimens can reach $ 400,000.
Arovana is an impeccably plain platinum color owned by Singaporean owner Aro Dynasty, and is today considered the most expensive aquarium fish. Although in fact it is not for sale for any money. The uniqueness of this fish is in its rare mutation of color: the white color of the platinum hue without a single speck does not exist in any other arovan in the world.
The breeding of a domesticated variety of common carps has been conducted in Asian countries for more than 2000 years. They are distinguished by motley coloring with a huge number of options. Large variation and price: real koi carps cost from $ 100 to $ 5,000. The most selected specimens can reach $ 200,000 - such fish are bred in Japan. With good care, carps live up to 100 years and grow up to 50 cm.
Skates can not be called familiar pets, but their freshwater species are becoming increasingly popular. Slopes of the motor type are especially demanded. On average, they cost $ 200 to $ 500, but some rare color forms sell a lot more. One of the most expensive is a pearl stingray; its price can reach $ 50,000. This rare in nature fish in captivity reproduces with great difficulty, and their capture is prohibited. They are appreciated for their spectacular coloring, small size and friendly attitude to the owner.
Sea Mint Angel
Angelfish are one of the most beautiful marine fish held in an aquarium. Among them there are very rare species. For example, the Paracentropyge boylei (mint angel) fish in captivity contains only two. It is difficult to catch these deep-sea fish, and raise them to the surface without harming them, and create suitable conditions for them in the aquarium. One of the two fish was shown in public in 2012. Its cost is $ 30,000.
This is a fish of the grouper family, which lives in the deep waters of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. In general, most groupers are predatory fish, several meters in size. But there are also small ones among them, such as the Badefinsky basslet only 15 cm long. Very bright and spectacular, this fish would become an adornment of any saltwater aquarium if it were not so rare. Its cost is $ 10,000.
The smallest fish in the grouper family. Also inhabits the coral reefs of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. This is a slender attractive fish, preferring to spend time in shelters among the stones. Small deep-sea fish are so rare and expensive because they need special expensive equipment to catch and deliver them from great depths to the surface. The cost of a gold basslet is $ 8,000.
The largest freshwater fish on Earth, in its native Amazon reaches an average of 2 meters (some - up to 6 m). She is loved to be kept in zoos and aquariums. This fish is a real prehistoric monster, in addition, a predator that jumps out of the water, grabbing small animals sitting on branches and flying birds. Few people can afford to keep this living fossil in their home aquarium, but there are offers on the Internet to sell them. Half-meter copies are offered for 60,000 rubles.
Freshwater African fish, the largest representative of tetradons. In an aquarium, it usually reaches 40 cm. When in danger, the tetradon swells like a ball. In adulthood, it is very aggressive - it can even bite a person. He likes to dig into the sand, so that only his eyes remain on the surface. In Russian online stores, the cost of adult tetradons reaches 50,000 rubles.
Tiger som merodontodus
The only place on earth where this fish lives is the rapids of the Teotonio Falls on the Rio Madeira River in Brazil. Keeping this picturesque catfish in an aquarium is considered very prestigious, but few can afford it. Indeed, it is very rare in nature, it is extremely difficult to catch it, and export from the country is prohibited. Unlike most other catfish, the color of the periodontodus is very bright - contrasting stripes form a unique pattern in each fish. Its length reaches 70 cm. In the aquarium, it needs large areas, a variety of shelters and a powerful current of water. In Russia, you can buy an adult tiger catfish for 50,000 rubles.