The mother of all rare predators recently landed in Thailand, and we’re so excited to be covering the news. While we typically focus on fish of the reef safe variety, we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to mention the fact that Ocean and Sea Aquarium in Bangkok got their hands on a stunning neptune grouper, which was announced on their Facebook page a few days ago.
This amazing fish is one of the rarest to enter the aquarium trade, with this individual probably only being one of a few that have been collected in the last few years. This has led to exorbitant price tags exceeding $5000, and you might recall that it made the top 10 list of the most expensive tropical fish. Now you know why we’re so excited about it.
As far as facts about the species, they are one of the smaller groupers available (a term used very loosely) to the trade. It grows to about a foot and a half in length, and interestingly looks better as an adult than it does in the juvenile stages.
Our emails to Ocean and Sea Aquarium have gone unanswered at the time of publication, so we don’t know any of the circumstances surrounding this individual (size, price, location collected, etc.) but if any further details surface, we’ll be sure to include them.