So that's what a $5,000 fish looks like!


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Was in at Bayside Corals and they have a Claire's Fairy Wrasse. Sounds like it's the only one in Canada!

Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics, it looked pretty cool in person. Looked it up, sounds like it is unbelievably rare...




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That is not a $5000 fish.


This one sold for $5k (canadian) as soon as it came in. I missed seeing it then. That was maybe a year ago?

Anyway, it's being sold on consignment now. Thought it was cool, most expensive fish I've seen in person.

Not sure what makes you say it's not...


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I am curious, if it so rare should it be considered an endangered species?

If so should it be for sale at any price?

How is this determined with marine fish?



Grizzled & Cynical
OK --- If abundant in the ocean why not in captivity?

Do they not survive in aquariums?

It could be any number of things. In most cases its collection difficulty, usually depth. Take the peppermint dwarf angel. I don't suppose we really know for sure, but it doesn't appear to be rare necessarily, just really hard to collect with a poor survival rate thus making it very scarce in the hobby.

Flaring Afro

Puffer Geek
OK --- If abundant in the ocean why not in captivity?

Do they not survive in aquariums?

Fish usually are rare because of collection issues (depth and usually die when brought to the surface), because they get too stressed with shipment and usually die, or perhaps most commonly because they are only native to a region that does not allow, or greatly limits, fish capture. There are many clowns that we do not see in the hobby simply because of where they live and laws protecting them etc.


In Memoriam
Aquarium Reef fishes are expensive because they are hard to catch.Most of them hide in the rocks ,nets cant be used because they will get breaked by the reef. Poison is what is used mostly to catch the aquarium fish from the reefs.Dont belive the phrase,,hand caught without poison,, its a fairy tale.That looks like a 5000$ fish if somebody is ready to pay.Gramma dejongi ,a soird of gramma loreto is cloose to 3000 $ and its not a spectacular fish eyther.Its better to buy aquacultured fist instead of the wild ones so the wild reefs arent poluted with tons of poison just to catch a few small aquarium fish.