Why are these fish so expensive and how can you get your hands on one!
Background and History
Sometimes it seems that the brighter the marine live the more expensive it is and the Clarion Angelfish is definitely no exception. Native to the Pacific Mexican coast, this fish is extremely captivating not only to rare fish collectors but everyday hobbyists alike not only because of unique and beautiful coloration but difficulty of capture, scarcity and steep price tag. Like other high ticket fish in the industry, for years the main cost driver for this fish was mostly due to how hard it was to capture in the wild. Even though in recent years professional captive breeders started successfully breeding and tank raising this specific species allowing for more and safer industry accessibility, it seems that its reputation keeps proceeding it as it seems that some are still currently in the market for upwards of $15,000 USD.
How hard is this fish to take care of?...
Even though this fish is categorized as a fish that is not reef compatible there are some plus sides to the care of the Clarion Angelfish, for starters it doesn't require hobbyists to have a massive tank in order to keep this species happy and healthy, with a very accessible 100 Gallon tank this specific species of fish will feel right at home. Moreover, the fact that the Clarion Angelfish is considered an omnivore, means that hobbyists can implement a wide array of diets in order to keep this fish nice and healthy. Finally, one point to be really aware of is that this fish is considered to be a somewhat semi-aggressive species and with an 8-inch max growth size it is definitely a fish that you want to be very careful when placing it with other fish in your saltwater tank.
If anyone of our followers happens to have gotten their hands on one or knows of anyone who has one these beautiful Aquatic Jewels please feel free to share your experience with us.