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Old 07-03-2006, 07:24 PM   #1
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What is the wildest/most exotic SW FISH you've seen?

Saltwater fish never cease to amaze me. I was looking in the LFS marine section today and was once again awed by the amazing cartoonish looking creatures. Just when I think I've seen them all, I see something new that just blows me away.

Today I saw a porcupine puffer. And though I didn't see it puff up, it was one of the most unusual looking fish I've ever seen. It's face looked like some sort of cross between E.T. and a fly.



So what is the most exotic wild looking SW fish you own or have seen?

Also, how do they catch SW fish for aquariums? Are they just caught with other fish and the ones desirable for captivity culled out or do they specifically go for certain breeds and catch them in large nets or something?
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Old 07-03-2006, 11:18 PM   #2
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its a good thing you did not see it puff up.. they do that when threatened and it causes stress on the fish and they can die from that. So its not a good idea to get the puffer to puff.
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Old 07-04-2006, 01:57 AM   #3
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I think the strangest looking fish or invert I've ever seen was the Leafy seadragon or "Phycodurus eques" I seen it at the shed aquarium in Chicago. It looks like somthing out of a doctor suse book.
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Old 07-04-2006, 06:55 AM   #4
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i think that both of those fish are crazy looking. that's awesome though, both fish.
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Personally,I think a Court Jester Goby is beyond stunning,albeit small & just a poor choice for captive life.Also,some of the shrimp gobys are out of this world,if you're into fish that max out at 2".
An Adult Clown Trigger is always the first prize winner.
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I've dove with the leafy sea dragons in the wild, absolutely amazing creatures, with top notch camouflage, wouldnt spot it if you werent looking for it.

Alot of the adult angelfish are stunning, emperors, queens
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I vote for the Chambered Nautilus, beautifully strange looking, but not sustainable in aquaria to the best of my knowledge.
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This question is a toughy because i love and think that all fish are wild and amazing. But eels usually catch my eye at my lfs and look amazing and the way they swim is incredible.
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Old 07-06-2006, 10:15 PM   #9
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Ghost shrimp, what are they safe with, what will eat them?

Amazing...I love SW, someday I may try a tank, but right now money and time are the enemy.
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Old 07-07-2006, 01:37 PM   #10
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I dont have any strange looking fish, i go mostly by colors and patterns, but my favorite fish to see at the LFS are Lookdowns. There size, shape, and metalic coloring are incredible.
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