Top 10 Most Expensive Fishes of Deep Water Ever Sold


Most Expensive Fishes Fishes are a magnificent and colorful creature of Allah. Most of the people have an aquarium in their homes in which different colors of tropical aquarium fish are kept while some of them are very rare. Some people love to maintain the pictures of rare fishes and collect them from different places. There is a variety of fishes in the world among which some are very rare, so their prices are also different which ranges from $1000 to $400,000. The price of the fishes depends on their type and the procedure to collect them, their rarity as well. Few specimens require special permission from the government to keep in the aquarium. The world most expensive fish is Platinum Arowana that costs $400,000 and a rare polka dot stingray that costs $100,000. Here you can see top 10 Most Expensive Fishes of Deep Water.

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10. Candy Basslet ($1,000)

10 Candy BassletCandy Basset is most beautiful and colorful fish in the world. Its habitat is mostly the Caribbean waters and coast of Curacao. This fish is also including the list of collectors because these fish show brilliant color in the aquarium. It is not easy to capture this fish because it is seldom found. Candy Basslet kept alone in the aquarium which is deliberately decorated with live rock. These fish survive on the diet of beefy seafood such as finely chopped fresh or frozen marine fish or shrimp. It was not bought everyone but in recent years, a person purchased this fish to keep it at home. The price of this tiny fish is $899-$1000.

9. Clarion Angelfish ( $2,500)

9 Clarion AngelfishClarion Angelfish is a very famous cast and also known as the most beautiful fish of Islands. It attracts the collector because of its unique, brilliant color. It is found in the Islands off the Pacific coast of Mexico and also found in the islands of Clarion and Revillagigedo. The Clarion Angelfish are not easy to capture because you have to take special permission from the Mexican Government to collect them. It has a price tag of almost $ 2500. They have the capacity to survive for 40 years because it is rarely found in the market for sale.This fish is a perfect blend of different colors. This fish can not thrive everywhere and come in the aquarium trade with expensive price tag.

8. Wrought Iron Butterfly fish ( $2,700)

8 Wrought iron fishThe butterflyfish is most famous fish among collectors because it looks fantastic when swimming in aquarium water at home. It has dusky grayish black with bright yellow accents and has the length almost 6 inches. It is vernacular to the western Pacific Ocean near central and southern Japan. These fish feed on an enriched meaty diet with algae and other green foods. It is chiefly found in Japan. It achieves popularity in the world due to its price which is $2,700. It can also be found in America as some Asian people capture them from there. Butterflyfish can live alone or in small groups. Once in captivity, it shouldn’t be put in anything under 180 gallons. It is rarest found and least owned due to high price

7. Australian Flathead Perch ( $5,000)

Australian Flathead Perch is super rare trawl in the world because it is rarely found and tough to catch them. These fish get a price tag of $5,000 when come in the aquarium trade. It is found only in Australia not anywhere else. Perch lives under the rocks to hide them from the divers and come outside for food. The food of this crawl is shrimps. People can see them but can not catch them. The first Perch was offered for sale in the United States for $4,999 in 2011. This fish is considered a perfect touch for the aquarium. These fishes look just amazing with vivid stripes and colors to make it a gorgeous.

6. Neptune Grouper( $6,000)

6 Neptune GrouperNeptune Grouper is a very unusual tropical fish but never available for purchase. The deep sea divers require special diving techniques to collect it, and it is a challenge to catch them. This fish looks fantastic with brilliant shades of yellow and orange, however, adult display pink coloration with bright yellow bands. People wanted to own them but cannot. When his fish comes in market, collectors ready to pay the hefty amount of $6,000 for this fish. We wonder to see that, the adult Neptune grouper can sometimes end up iced and sold in the fish market for less than $100 for human consumption.

5. Golden Basslet ($8,000)

5 Golden BassletIt is the smallest and cutest trawl among fishes. The name of Golden Basslet comes from its color because these fishes have golden color with red outlining the fin, which looks stunning. This rare treasure inhibits the Pacific and Atlantic. It is very hard to catch them, and collectors use a marine submarine craft to collect it which make it more expensive fish. It is rare to see the fish in the aquarium trade and for sale. Golden Basslet thrives on the diet of meaty foods such as finely chopped marine fish, squid Mysis shrimp; vitamin-enriches brine shrimp. And it does not quickly adapt to another environment. In rare captivity, the fish requires, at least, a 30-gallon tank and plenty of rock caves for hiding. People seized them on the dark sea, and this property gives them a price tag of $8,000. It is also named as the golden beauty.

4. Bladefin Basslet ( $10,000)

4 Bladefin BassletBladefin Basslet is a tiny red and white cutest fish comes with a price tag of $10,000.This fish found in the depth of 500 feet underwater making it hardest to find and collect. This fish is 1.5 inches in length and requires a submersible to collect. This name is given to this fish due to its funny blade –like the dorsal fin. It is one of the most lovely fish among the collectors, and it is also rare fish that makes it expensive for many. It is found in the Caribbean. You can see in different color range like orange, white. The notion of spending $10,000 for a nano fish is quite a no-no for an average aquarium. It is on the top for those people who have the zeal to collect different rare fishes. It is not available for sale.

3. Peppermint Angelfish ( $30,000)

3 Peppermint AngelfishAnother exotic fish on this list is the Peppermint Angelfish has a worth of $30,000. The peppermint angelfish naturally prevail in the waters of eastern-central Pacific around the Cook Islands, and it is one very rare to find. The first highly sought after specimen had landed in the United States at Living Reef Orlando in 2013, The other juvenile Peppermint arrived in the States in the same year and was offered for sale at a price of $20,000. It is found in Waikiki Aquarium and captured by a Smithsonian Institute research expedition. It is one of the most beautiful deep water fish, which has striking stripes of red and white as per the name suggest. It estimated that very few fishes of this species could be seen in the world. The divers cannot reach to the length where this fish found. It is in the high demand among the people but cannot locate it.

2. Freshwater Polka Dot Stingray ($100,000)

2 Freshwater Polka Dot StingrayThis rare captivity beautiful fish was displayed on a pet fish expo in Taiwan in 2013. It is very different species which has the distinct sting on its head which is the symbol to recognize it and give this a U-shaped. It considered as the most expensive fish displayed in Taiwan, and its price was almost $100,000. The person who captures this fish has to feed them from their hands. It is shocking to know that price of the fish is very high. This stingray would never be able to survive in wild; it can’t catch for food with its misshapen head. It must be hand-fed and should be kept in an aquarium of at least 100 gallons to survive. The aquarium should be large enough for it to swim around and breathe. The water has to be kept clean and well filtrated to keep it healthy in captivity.

1. Platinum Arowana ( $400,000)

1 Platinum ArowanaPlatinum Arowana has different types such as Red Arowana, Green Arowana, Yellow-Tail Arowana, Siver Arowana, Black Arowana and Australian Pearl Arowana most expensive one in the world is Red Arowana. The world’s most expensive fish is the red Arowana, which has the price of $400,000. The fish has no coloration on its body resulting from a very rare genetic mutation. It is also known as White Arowana.The great and unique kind of Arowana is so valuable that an ID microchip is embedded into it before it reaches sexual maturity for identification. Arowanas occur naturally in South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. This fish has size more than 35 inches and can live for more than 50 years. They must be kept in at least a 300-gallon tank with plenty of live food such as crickets and worms. They are intelligent fishes with the ability to recognize individuals, and they can be trained and hand-feed.

List of Top Ten Most Expensive Fishes Ever Sold

Rank Fish Name Price
1. Platinum Arowana $400,000
2. Freshwater Polka Dot Stingray $100,000
3. Peppermint Angelfish $30,000
4. Bladefin Basslet $10,000
5. Golden Basslet $8,000
6. Neptune Grouper $6,000
7. Australian Flathead Perch  $5,000
8. Wrought Iron Butterflyfish $2,700
9. Clarion Angelfish $2,500
10. Candy Basslet $1,000


We conclude from this fascinating article that fishes are gorgeous, a stunning creature in this world. Everyone in this world likes fishes and applaud their beauty as well. Some fishes are the perfect blend of different colors which makes them more rare and famous in the world. All these fishes discussed above are very scarce and expensive as well. People keep different type of fishes in their home, and these fishes are just like toys for the children. People are willing to spend money for this tiny amazing creature.