The Real Cost of a Saltwater Aquarium

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-08-22T16:10:13Z

Photograph by James R.D. Scott

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Fish and Invertebrates

After "Finding Nemo" debuted in 2003, there was a spike in sales of clownfish and anemones. According to an Australian study, in the five years after the movie premiered, the number of clownfish in the ocean fell by 75 percent in some areas due to high demand. (Somehow this did not happen after "Jaws.") A 90-gallon tank makes a good home for about a dozen fish.

$100: Pseudochromis springeri (wild specimen)
$100: Helfrichi Firefish
$250: Purple Tang
$250: pair of Onyx Percula Clownfish
$300: Scott's Fairy Wrasse
$20: Blue/Green Reef Chromis
$40: Green Mandarin Dragonet
$250: Chevron Tang
$1,000: Earli Wrasse
$50: Yellow Watchman Goby/Tiger Pistol Shrimp pair

Running Tally: $9,719