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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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What are some expensive fw fish?

Just wanted to know what are some expensive fish that would be good for a freshwater aquarium? I saw a few at my lfs and just wanted to know prices, looks and sizes of any freshwater fish. Thanks!
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Pretty nice looking and pricey, my local LFS has had some in a big, beautifully planted tank for a long long time now.
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Discus are crazy expensive
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large arowana with a newer strain color
altums , htf dwarf cichlids near adult size, htf plecos and pretty much any in demand fish thats hard to find and @ mature size.

also new strains of fish such as Electric Blue rams, Large Electric Blue Jack Dempsey

and of course large dream discus var. & Large Leopard discus
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Anything big. Also some rare ones, especially catfish. Royal plecos and discues are the most expensive ones I can remember off the top of my head.


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Those darn orange gar are 3k or more
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Just wanted to know what are some expensive fish that would be good for a freshwater aquarium? I saw a few at my lfs and just wanted to know prices, looks and sizes of any freshwater fish. Thanks!
Just out of curiosity, why are you asking ?
Do you want to stock a tank with the most unique, or rarest fish, even though they may be the most expensive ?

You'll note that several responders have mentioned discus. They are most certainly one of the most expensive freshwater fish you can get.

And you wanted to know prices and sizes, well, here's some, for discus:
- Small, young 1" to 2" discus (which can be quite difficult to keep and raise successfully) usually cost $10. to $20.
- Juveniles of 3" to 4" are normally in the range of $35. and up, to as much as $100., depending on the strain. Average price would be around $65.
- Near adults, or adults, of 5" or more, can run from $80. up to $200. approx., again depending on the strain, color & patterning selected.
- A proven mated pair can sell for as much as $500. or so.

You want to know what they look like ? There are literally dozens of different strains, colorations and patterns, almost all of them quite beautiful, in most people's eyes anyway. Simply googling discus images will produce numerous pics.
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Yeah discus are the most expensive fw fish I usually run across, though I personally don't like them.

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post #10 of 67 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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I'm really just trying to get ideas for future tanks, or out curiosity as i'm fairly new to planted tanks and want to see some beautiful fish. But if you want specifics lets just say I have a 20 gallon planted tank and would like to know what are some unique/rare fish that could make a good addition.
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As for discus those fish sure are nice. I just cant wrap my head around that angel fish looking body. No offense.
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post #12 of 67 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 09:44 PM
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A 20g tank dramatically limits what you can put in it, as it's too small for many single fish. Additionally, other species which, by themselves, would fit in a 20g, won't be healthy or happy in less than a school of 4-6, which might be too much for a 20g.

Then there's water parameters. Rarer fish are generally more difficult to keep healthy, and might require specific pH/GH/temperature levels which many, or most, are unable or unwilling to keep up with.

Rather than ask what you did, I'd suggest asking for suggestions for fish given your personal standards: tank size, level of maintenance you're willing to keep up with, whether you'll want plants in there too (many fish are *not* plant-friendly), what you like in fish (color, size, activity level, etc.), and anything else you can think of. Oh, and how much money you're willing to spend.
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A 20g tank dramatically limits what you can put in it, as it's too small for many single fish. Additionally, other species which, by themselves, would fit in a 20g, won't be healthy or happy in less than a school of 4-6, which might be too much for a 20g.
Nah man, there are TONS you can do in a 20. Just not a lot of room for variety. Tetras, rasboras, dwarf cichlids, cories, barbs, livebearers, list goes on and on.


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post #14 of 67 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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I really just want to know whats out there for choices. Not really trying to focus on just a 20 gallon tank. but its what I have currently. I really just wanted to know what kind of fish out there that people would be willing to spend some bucks on. For any tank size.
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Sorry but your question is just too vague for us to really help you. Start googling or visiting LFS's. I think you just need to put some effort into doing your own research and see what really catches your eye. Who cares how expensive or exotic others perceive the fish to be. Find what will help you get the most out of your tank for your level of interest. Join a club. Attend a convention. Visit AquaBid. Figure out what you like.
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