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What is the pinnacle of freshwater fishkeeping?

What freshwater fish do you think is the most prestigious to keep successfully? Not only considering rarity, but also as a reflection of the keepers experience and skill?
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I don't know much about their care, but I'm always impressed to see a huge tank with arowana or pacu in it.
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Discus, hands down!
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In my 50 years of fish-keeping experience, I would say discus, without a doubt.
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Feather fin cichlid's,Discus.
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fresh water sting ray there are alot of easy discus. as long as you have right temps and clean water discus is not hard any more. with that said wild discus and angels are still hard to care for cause they are wild and not tank rased
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Rarely or never bred species always garners my respect. Deciding to try something all others have failed at takes a certain die hard commitment. Another thing I respect are those that maintain endangered or exctinct species in the wild. Most are not exactly pretty, nor the nicest fish. They do it for the future generations so that the species might one day see itself back in its original habitat. I think I will always have a soft spot for Goodeids because of that.

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I would say wild discus. As per your thread title...The pinnacle of freshwater fish keeping for me would be breeding the more difficult species. I'm trying to get a few more jaguar cats so I can attempt to breed them. It's never been done before, and that would be my biggest goal. Dedicating a 220g to a group of 6 in the near future. That is my holy grail as of late.

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discus probably. though IMO, some wild betta species come pretty close, if you successfully breed them.
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I don't know much about their care, but I'm always impressed to see a huge tank with arowana or pacu in it.
ditto the arowana.
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Re: What is the pinnacle of freshwater fishkeeping?

Aros are easy to care for. Freshwater stingrays are much more sensitive and delicate than discus imo. My vote is fw stingrays not the common two but the nicer ones like the black diamond, etc.

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For me, fish like gar or paddlefish/sturgeon. Not just the size, but the history of the animal and the odd conditions both may require. With long nose fish to be kept successfully, open spaces and clearly defined walls are important to the health of the fish. You see what happens to illkept needlefish in lfs's everywhere, busted up noses that will never heal to their full glory. The diet of a sturgeon is what makes these beautiful fish hard to keep. Not to mention they are adorable little monsters.
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Discus or Altum Angelfish in a well planted and scaped tank. They are just so majestic and striking.



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The CPD or Boraras briggitae. Especially in big schools!

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The asian arowana. No doubt, hands down.

Pearling.....it's way overrated.
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