If you are a hobbyist or aquarist adding up some rare fishes to your list or if you are just a person who like to see fishes in aquariums then you may be certainly willing to know the top 10 most expensive fishes in the world that are priced on their rarity, coloration and location from where they are captured. Most of these locations being very difficult for divers to reach and capturing these fast swimmers is another difficulty for them to deal with. So that’s why some the fishes you get to know in this video are so expensive that it even cost as much your own house or any luxury car that you may have.
At Number 10 is the Wrought Iron Butterfly fish. Costing around, $2,700. This is a very rare fish that mostly occurs in regions of Japan and you cannot find them with any North American fish collectors. It belongs to the family of well-known butterfly fish and actually the hardiest fish among butterfly. It reaches a size of 6 inches. And they are most fun to watch in aquariums as they are very active swimmers and makes zip movements in water.
Number 9, Australian Flathead Perch. Known for its vivid color and stripes this fish cost as much as $5000 when available. It is one of the rarest fish to catch and found only in certain regions of Australia. They prefer ghost shrimps and need plenty of hiding places when kept in aquariums. Occasionally they do come out and show off their vivid color to some onlookers which pleases them.
At Number 8 is the Nami Green Arowana. This is another rare fish which cost around $5000. It has almost become extinct and found only in the Pedu Lake or also called Nami Dam located in the Kedah northern state of Malaysia. Batik stripes is the prominent coloration in Nami Green Arowana and they are very exciting to look at in well maintained aquarium tanks.
Number 7, Neptune Grouper. It is also one of the rarest fish costing up to $6000. They are deep water fish and are very hard to catch and to be found as well. The juvenile and adult differ in their coloration with the juvenile showing a yellow and orange shades while the adult having a prominent pink coloration. These fishes are admired by many who see them in aquariums.
Number 6, Golden Basslet Smallest and belonging to the grouper family this fish cost up to $8000. As the name suggests it has a stunning golden color, but they are very shy fish and does not often comes out to public in aquariums. They are also deep sea creatures and caught with submersible craft so it is one of the reasons for such high price tag for these fishes.
Number 5, Bladefin Basslet. Found in the deep waters of Carribean Sea. Bladefin Basslet cost around $10,000 and it is hardly seen on sale. The name comes from the funny dorsal fin of this fish which looks like blade. It is also one of the rare fish and due to the difficulty in capturing this deep water reef fish it is priced so high in the market.
Number 4, Masked Angelfish. Masked Angelfish cost around $20000. It is deep sea fish, found around the Hawaiian Islands and being closely associated with coral reefs. It has the prominent black masking on its face covering its mouth and eyes and forehead. To capture this fish one has to dive as much as 23m – 174m and no wonder why they are brought out by fish collectors with such a cost.
Number 3, Peppermint Angelfish. This is also a rare fish that is costing crazily up to $30000. It is a deep sea water fish and are very difficult for average drivers to go to the depths where these fishes are found. Peppermint Angelfish has prominent red and white stripes that are very eye catching. In 2012 only one of such fish was kept for exhibit which since then added up to the list of exotic fish collectors who wish to see them in aquariums.
Number 2, Freshwater Polka Dot Stingray. This fish has a price tag of $100,000 and it is not easily found in wild and nor it can survive in wild because of its genetic mutation on the front of its head causing it to appear u-shaped instead of round which is normally the case for most stingrays, this adds up difficulty for it to hunt the shellfish which it usually eats. In captivity the polka bot must be hand served with healthy diet to survive well.
And at Number 1 is the Platinum Arowana. Making the most expensive fish in this list is the platinum arowana costing as much as $400,000. It has pure white coloration with black pupil which is the result of a genetic mutation in arowana. This fish is so precious that a micro ID chip is implanted into it before it attain sexual maturity. They can grow up to 34 inches and live for more than 50 years if they are fed well in captivity with live foods like crickets and worms, they also need at least a 300 gallon tank to live well. Like most arowana they are intelligent and can be trained to hand fed and obey their owner.