A handful of professionally quarantined and conditioned rare and exotic reef fish have just become available in the WYSIWYG section of the AquaTouch website. The page lists some of the harder to get, harder to acclimate and much sought after reef fish species such as the wrought iron butterflyfish above, the declivis butterflyfish to the left and the bandit angelfish to the right. Furthermore, the rare reef dwellers are being offered for a reasonable price considering how much effort has been expended to get these fish acclimated to a long and healthy life in captivity. The show sized wrought iron butterflyfish is $2000, the cutey declivis are $269, the bandit is $750 and there is a small handful of other exotic reef fish in their conditioned and quarantined reef fish page. We’d love to see a regular trickle of these kinds of exotics from AquaTouch as we could always use more wrought irons and bandit angels. The bandit angelfish, Apolemichthys arcuatus, seems somewhat cheap considering that 2.5″ specimens are exceptionally hard to get and a bandit angelfish this size would easily fetch $1500 in Japan where this fish is nearly a deity.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.