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Most Uncommon Freshwater Aquarium Fish

Most of the tanks I've seen (including my own) are filled with pretty common fish, fish you might find at your LFS.

On the other hand, what do you think is the most uncommon kind of freshwater aquarium fish?
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centromochlus/tatia's seem to be the one fish that is super hard to get. Its an amazing fish too.


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Freshwater puffers are my favorite. I've had a Congo/potato puffer and now have a hairy puffer who is completely badass.
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My LFS was able to order me centromochlus species and a few other rare ones that I wanted. The funkiest stuff I have seen in my LFS are peruvian, african, south american lungfish; goliath and vittatus tigerfish; african butterfly fish; climbing perches; fugu puffers; they had a fish that almost looked like a sturgeon. I guess it depends on your area and how accessible it is to wholesalers. Me personally, rainbowfish are hard to find at LFS. All the ones I have gotten are from local breeders or friends.
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My LFS carries from what I've seen rarer apistogrammas such as the Diploetania and Elizabethae. In fact I can't even get me a female Elizabethae from them as they can't get it in at this moment.
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barilius canarensis

Hands down one of my favorite rare fish. They are an Indian fish that dwells in fast river waters. They temperament is very similar to danios. They are very busy fish and go well with rose line sharks.
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In my area I've only seen marbled hatchetfish in one shop. I've also never seen any of the Stiphodon gobies in a shop.

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All recently discovered fish! But serious, I work in a lfs and Tatia's, different kind of stiphodons and fish like that are on stock most of the time. The only fish we couldn't get yet that I would really like is Phenablennius heylegeri. We received one stowaway in another shipment, but till now where not able to order more.
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Some of the species of wild betta are hard to get...
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barilius canarensis

Hands down one of my favorite rare fish. They are an Indian fish that dwells in fast river waters. They temperament is very similar to danios. They are very busy fish and go well with rose line sharks.
Hey! I just saw these in a tank in a restaurant. It was a gorgeous tank. I was wondering what these fish were. Incidentally there were roseline sharks in the tank with them.
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Centromochlus perugiae--best catfish in the world!


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Amen to the honeycomb cats! Come to think of it, a lot of the Centromochlus species are are rare too!
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I think the rarest thing I have ever seen kept in a tank was a sawnose shark, which apparently was being kept in fresh water for a time. Same thing goes for a bumble bee grouper that was living in fresh water from when it was little to about the 18 inch mark.

Aside from those, I'm pretty sure that paddlefish are incredibly rare. But the rarest is probably a properly cared for Pacu :P

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Elephant Fish are pretty rare just due to the pain of trying to keep one.

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