Most Expensive Tropical Fishes Ever Sold

Most Expensive Tropical Fishes Ever Sold

Most Expensive Tropical Fishes Ever Sold

A fish is generally priced according to its rarity, uniqueness, beauty and special facts or features about it.  Based on these factors, some fishes can cost up to $400000! But even these high prices have been paid for rare specimen of fishes across the world by fish collectors and enthusiasts. 

The following is a list of the 10 most expensive tropical fish ever sold:

1. Platinum Arowana: $400,000

platinum arowana

This is the most rare and most expensive fish in the world and it is so valuable that a microchip is implanted into it before it is allowed to mature sexually.  This fish can reach larger size dimensions and is found in several continents. It isn’t one of the best pet fishes to own. 

2. Freshwater Polka Dot Stingray: $100,000

freshwater polka dot stingray

This is the second most expensive tropical fish and the most expensive fish of the aquarium. This is a fantastic looking little fish variety which is a favorite of fish enthusiasts and collectors. 

3. Peppermint Angelfish: $30,000

peppermint angelfish

This is a very exotic fish which is popular among collectors and was put on public display a couple of years back. Divers find it difficult to capture or spot because it is only found deep inside oceans and other water sources.  

4. Masked Angelfish : $20,000

masked angelfish

This species of angelfish is marine & mostly found around the Hawaiian islands and is associated with coral reefs and is found at a depth range of 23m - 174m. It’s scientific name is Genicanthus personatus.

5. Bladefin Basslet: $10,000

bladefin basslet

This is a cute little fish found in Caribbean and is a rare fish which, even at its maximum size is tiny and small. It is found in deep waters and is thus very difficult to capture. It hardly ever goes on sale and this adds to its value. 

6. Golden Basslet: $8,000

golden basslet

5th on the list of the most expensive fish is the Golden Basslet variety which is not just rare but also difficult to capture.  As the name suggests, this is a golden colored fish variety which looks pretty stunning.

7. Neptune Grouper: $6,000

neptune grouper

This is a gorgeous variety of a rare fish which too finds a mention in this list because of its high price. It has brilliant shades of orange and yellow on it, receives a lot of admiration from whoever sets an eye on it.

8. Nami Green Arowana : $5000

nami green arowna

They found near Pedu Lake or also known as Nami Dam by nearby residents located in Kedah northern state of Malaysia. When Nami Green Arowana grows older, the batik stripes will be obviously appearing prominent over the whole of body. Currently this species is slowly died out because the attitude of anglers or fisherman that uncontrolled catches fish without guidance.

9. Australian Flathead Perch: $5,000

australian flathead perch

This is such a rare fish that one has to fetch $5000 to buy it when available. This is a valuable fish since catching or spotting it can be a difficult task 

10. Wrought Iron Butterfly Fish: $2,700

wrought iron butterfly fish

This is another fish which gets a mention on this list due to its rare occurrence. This fish is found in Japan and is a wonderful specie. Watching this one swim can be a lot of fun.

11. Clarion Angelfish: $2,500

clarion angelfish

Another rare and thus expensive fish variety, Clarion Angelfish is a very beautiful underwater animal which is so difficult to locate that it is kept in enclosures.

12. Golden Crossback Arowana : $2000

golden crossback arowana

This species is one of the most highly sought after arowana breed due to its brilliant gold color metallic sheen that shines when viewed under full-spectrum aquarium lighting. The fish is a favorite crossback species popular among arowana fanatics and because of its unique feature that projects an awesome display of coloration. The breed is graded according to its color intensity and what makes the crossback special is the line of golden scales that actually runs until the end of its body crossing the upper topmost scale

13. Candy Basslet: $1,000

candy basslet

With amazing shades of blue and red, this beautiful fish is tagged at a price of $1000.  Its bright shades and rare occurrence makes it a part of this list.