Here’s a little followup on a story we recently posted. On Tuesday, we wrote about the stunning, one of a kind angelfish hybrid that just showed up in the Japanese aquarium market. Wanting to know a bit more about the fish, we did a little more digging, and besides finding a few additional photos, which we can’t help but drool over, we were actually able to fid the retail price as well. And while that four figure price is well out of the justifiable limits for most aquarists, it actually isn’t all that bad considering how rare this fish truly is. On a side note, you truly know you’ve become a fish nerd when you try to justify a price like that for one fish.
Getting back to the details, the fish and all of its amazing images were listed on the website of the Japanese aquarium retailer, Namamugi Saltwater Fish Center. Along with that treat, the retail price of ¥780,000 (or roughly $8000 US) was also listed. As we mentioned earlier, that price is well above what most people can, or at the very least choose, to afford. But, $8000 for a one of a kind fish like this is quite reasonable.
To illustrate how I’m not completely crazy, the peppermint angelfish (Paracentropyge boylei) is a fish that is also extremely rare and has been sold for well more than double the going price for this particular hybrid. That said, at least 7 or 8 of the peppermint angels have been brought into the aquarium trade. In fact, Blue Harbor (also in Japan) had 5 or 6 in their possession at one time! The Paracentropyge multifasciatus x venustus hybrid, comparatively, has only been seen in captivity 3, maybe four times total.
Regardless of the price, because its not like we can get it anyways, this fish is jaw dropping and we love to stare at it longingly.