Originally Posted by rdnelson99
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.