A high quality aquarium full of exotic fish is a fine addition to any home, and there is something exceptionally peaceful about watching the fish go about their business. Of course there are different types of environments to suit your taste, such as freshwater versus saltwater and different temperate themes, but tropical fish seem to be a favorite for their vibrant colors and comparatively simple upkeep. If you’re looking to expand your assortment of aquatic pets or contemplating your first aquarium,
check out this brief introduction to a handful of popular tropical fish to consider
- This medium sized breed is known for having some of the most unique and exotic color patterns. On the low end, you can get some pretty interesting looking Arowana like the Golden Crossback, Silver, or Nami Green for a few thousand dollars each, but there are some specialty bred colors that are so rare and limited that the prices can increase drastically. In fact, the most expensive tropical fish is generally considered to be the Platinum Arowana, which are around $400,000 if you can even manage to line one up.
- The diversity among Basslets makes it easy to fill a tank with a school of diverse and vibrant colors while only needing to manage a single diet and environment. The Candy Basslet has a blend of bright pinks, oranges, and violets for around $1000. Whereas the more rare patterns and colors like the Harlequin, Golden, or Bladefin will easily cost several times as much depending on if and where you can find them.
- Freshwater Polka Dot Stingray
- Stingrays are prized among collectors for their unique style and graceful movement through the water. You will need to maintain a rather massive tank, 125-250 gallons, but if you can handle the exorbitant $100,000 price tag to acquire one of these elegant beauties, that shouldn’t be a problem.
- Wrought Iron Butterflyfish
- Probably the most difficult of these to care for, the Wrought Iron Butterflyfish is going to require an attentive master. This carnivorous fish requires immaculate water quality which is why they are notoriously difficult to import and can cost as much as $4,000.
- Clarion Angelfish
- The brilliant Clarion Angelfish is becoming so scarce it could end up becoming an endangered species in the near future. The warm orange glow adds a vibrant, contrasting color to the blues and greens prevalent in most tanks. If one is available, expect a price of around $7,000.