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Most of the rare fish that the hobby fawns over are kind of wussy fish – pygmy angelfish, fairy wrasses, nano gobies and butterflyfish – even their names sound soft. So it is with great pleasure to learn that Blue Harbor recently acquired a manly rare fish, the blue and gold soapfish, Aulacocephalus temminckii. Soapfish are a kind of grouper with very tiny scales and they exude a toxic soapy slime when they are handled.
The Blue & Gold grouper is extremely widespread in the Indian and Pacific Ocean yet they are rarely seen in the aquarium hobby. That’s too bad because the Blue & Gold soapfish is beautiful at any size and since it’s a grouper, it will live through just about any adverse aquarium environment or meltdown. And it will eat all your precious pygmy angels, fairy wrasses and nano gobies.