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Old 10-08-2011, 10:02 AM   #11
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excuse my ignorance (i keep freshwater fish), can someone please explain why this cost $7000 ?

are they rare?
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Old 10-08-2011, 10:26 AM   #12
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excuse my ignorance (i keep freshwater fish), can someone please explain why this cost $7000 ?

are they rare?
Very!!! The way it was explained to me was that the only place you will find them in the wild is in one particular Word Haritage Site. Those sites are protected because they are considerred the most delicate and beutiful places on the planet. Therefore, no fish can be taken from these locations. This guy happened to find a loop hole that gave him one chance to collect a pair of these fish.
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Old 10-08-2011, 10:29 AM   #13
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Very!!! The way it was explained to me was that the only place you will find them in the wild is in one particular Word Haritage Site. Those sites are protected because they are considerred the most delicate and beutiful places on the planet. Therefore, no fish can be taken from these locations. This guy happened to find a loop hole that gave him one chance to collect a pair of these fish.
Oh wow, do you know if they are endangered too?
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Oh wow, do you know if they are endangered too?
Didn't think to ask that question.
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The lighting clowns come from one area in Near PNG and this the only area that they are found in.
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Japanese Koi command far more than that and they aren't rare. One of our club members who keeps Koi went to a Koi farm in Japan, and the cheapest fish they sell are $500 for 6" fish. Better quality ones of that size go for thousands.
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Japanese Koi command far more than that and they aren't rare. One of our club members who keeps Koi went to a Koi farm in Japan, and the cheapest fish they sell are $500 for 6" fish. Better quality ones of that size go for thousands.

Holy cow!!! So I can sell the two that I have in my pond (about 14" long) and have enough to buy my 500 gal tank???? LOL My wife would shoot me.
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Holy cow!!! So I can sell the two that I have in my pond (about 14" long) and have enough to buy my 500 gal tank???? LOL My wife would shoot me.
Wish it was that easy. It's definitely a niche thing, just like with any species, there is a premium that some people will pay for the 'rare' strains. Look at the cost of designer guppies for example.

It's a trend that I've noticed with wild caught fish that if they are really rare or only found in one difficult to reach spot then they are expensive. Look at the price of zebra plecos, as their environment and numbers dwindle, their price just goes up and up. The sad part to this is that some of these fish will eventually they'll go extinct without a real concerted effort by humans to keep them safe from environment encroachment and poachers, since humans will always develop more and more, and the black market for a species will only grow as they become less available.
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Like any animal in the pet trade, the rarer the animal the more it cost. Fish, reptiles, birds it all the same. I've seen $50,000 cash trade hands for 1 12" baby snake. It's all about rarity
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Ok. Here is a video I took today while I was checking out. Makes my $80.00 purchase looks like peanuts. LOL

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