5 of the most expensive marine aquarium fish money can buy in Hong Kong

Hobbyists are willing to pay up to HK$100,000 for some of the world’s rarest varieties of angelfish

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 June, 2016, 12:36pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 June, 2016, 7:33pm

Keeping exotic reef fish can be an expensive hobby. Here are five of the most costly marine fish that have been seen in Hong Kong aquarium shops. All are varieties of angelfish, which are particularly popular among aquarium enthusiasts.

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1. Peppermint angelfish


This Caribbean species is seldom seen in Hong Kong. It is popular in Japan, where aquarium hobbyists are willing to shell out large sums for rare varieties. The last time the white and orange striped fish was sold in Hong Kong was 2011.

2. Blue queen angelfish


Also from the Caribbean, this species is typically found in underwater caves. The location of their habitat makes them difficult to catch, so they are rarely seen on the pet fish market.

3. Tiger angelfish (HK$40,000)

Sporting tiger-like stripes, it comes from South Africa and prefers to live in colder, deeper waters.

4. Yellowbar angelfish-semicircle angelfish hybrid (HK$30,000)

This mixed breed is endemic to the waters of India, Australia and Hawaii.

5. Clarion angelfish (HK$10,000)

This vibrant orange fish with a brown head and small mouth is native to Mexico.

Source: various Hong Kong aquariums