The cost of fish varies greatly depending on location, store, and the type and size of fish. The price of fish varies from $1-$200. Freshwater fish are generally less expensive than saltwater fish. The most common, cheapest and easiest to care for freshwater fish are goldfish and guppies. Plain goldfish and guppies cost $1-$3 each, while fancy varieties of goldfish and guppies range from $3-$10. Betta fish are another type of popular freshwater pet fish; Betta fish cost $2-$10. Other popular freshwater fish are Angelfish, Oscars, Tetras, Cichlids and Swordtails. Angelfish cost $5-$25, Cichlids cost $4-$60 and Tetras cost $2-$8. The average cost of fish that live in freshwater is around $7-$12.
Saltwater fish tend to be more expensive and harder to care for than freshwater fish. Saltwater fish cost from $4-$200. The average cost of fish that live in saltwater is around $30. Some of the most popular pet saltwater fish are Clownfish, Damselfish, Puffers, Tangs and White Tip Sharks. Clownfish cost $15-$25, Damselfish cost $4-$7, Puffers cost $20-$180, Tangs cost $25-$80 and White Tip Sharks cost around $90.
Depending on the size of the aquarium and whether it is freshwater or saltwater, initial set up costs of fish range from $20-$5000. The initial set up cost for a small goldfish bowl with a goldfish is around $20. The initial set up for freshwater fish in a 20-gallon aquarium costs around $200, while the initial set up costs for a 100-gallon saltwater aquarium costs $2500-$3000. Depending on size of aquarium and whether it is freshwater or saltwater, the average fish owner with an aquarium, not a fish bowl, spends $80-$1200 annually maintaining his or her fish.
How Much Does An Aquarium Cost? – Saltwater
Saltwater aquarium set up costs far more than freshwater aquarium set up costs. Initial salt water set up costs vary depending on the size of aquarium and how simple or elaborate the aquarium décor will be. Average salt water aquarium set up costs are about $30 per gallon of tank; 5 gallon salt water aquarium set up costs about $150, 20 gallon salt water aquarium set up costs around $600 and a 100 gallon salt water aquarium set up costs about $3000.
This average cost covers the price of the aquarium, light, lid, filters, decorations and other necessary saltwater aquarium supplies – the cost of fish and coral is extra. Average saltwater fish cost around $30; however, they range in price from $4-$200. Maintaining a saltwater fish aquarium costs more than maintaining a freshwater fish aquarium. To maintain a saltwater fish aquarium costs about $1.25 per gallon of tank per month; a 10 gallon saltwater fish aquarium costs about $12.50 a month to maintain, a 20 gallon aquarium costs about $25 a month to maintain, and a 100 gallon fish aquarium costs about $125 a month to maintain.
How Much Does A Fish Tank Cost? – Freshwater
Freshwater tanks cost less than saltwater tanks to set up; freshwater fish tanks cost about half of what saltwater fish tanks cost. The cost of freshwater fish tanks varies depending on the size of the tank, where the tank is bought from, and how simply or fancy the tank is decorated. On average, freshwater fish tank set up costs about $10 per gallon of tank; 5-gallon freshwater fish tank set up costs about $50, 20-gallon freshwater fish tank set up costs around $200 and 100-gallon freshwater fish tank set up costs around $1000. This average cost covers the price of the aquarium, lid, light, heater, filters, decorations and other necessary freshwater aquarium supplies; the cost of fish is extra. Average price of fish for a freshwater fish tank is around $7-$12; however, freshwater fish cost can range from $1-$60. Maintaining a freshwater fish tank costs less than maintaining a saltwater fish aquarium. To maintain a freshwater tank costs about $.75 per gallon of tank per month; a 10 gallon tank costs about $7.50 a month to maintain, a 20 gallon tank costs about $15 a month to maintain, and a 100 gallon tank costs about $75 a month to maintain.
How Much Do Tropical Fish Cost?
Tropical fish cost less than saltwater fish. Tropical fish range in price from $2-$100; however, the average tropical fish costs $7-$12. Angelfish cost $5-$25, Swordtails cost $5-$15, Cichlids range in price from $4-$60, Oscars cost $5-$30, and Tetras cost $2-$8. Setting up a 20-gallon freshwater aquarium costs about $200 and maintaining it each months costs around $7.50.
Fish For Ponds
Fish for a pond range in price from just a few dollars to thousands of dollars. Koi, Fantails, Orandas and Pond Comets are the most common pond fish. Average domestic Koi fish cost from $3-$25. Imported Japanese Koi fish cost $20-$300,000. Pond Comets costs around $10-30, Orandas cost $5-$20 and Fantails cost $10-$30. Like most fish, the larger the pond fish, the higher the price.
How Much Do Betta Fish Cost?
Betta fish are available in most pet stores. Betta fish prices are usually around $2-$10; however, there are two very expensive Betta breeds, the Western Blue Devil and the Marine Betta. The Marine Betta fish costs around $70 and the Western Blue Devil Betta fish costs around $600. Betta fish should not be kept in the tiny fish bowls that pet stores sell them in. At a minimum, a Betta should have a 1-gallon tank; however, a 3-gallon tank is best. A 1-3 gallon fish tank for a Betta fish costs $10-$30.
How Much Do Koi Fish Cost?
Koi fish range in price from just a couple of dollars to thousands of dollars. The extreme variation in price is due to their size, color, skin luster and lineage. Domestic average quality Koi generally cost $5-$15 a pound. Small 3-4 inch Koi cost around $3, while large foot long Koi cost around $20-$25. Koi imported from Japan that comes from a prestigious lineage can cost from $20-$700 when they are 5-8 inches long, and $50-$1500 when they are around a foot long. Imported Japanese Koi fish can cost up to $300,000.
How Much Do Discus Fish Cost?
Discus fish cost varies per location, store, the size of fish and the type of Discus fish. The average cost of a small Discus fish is $25-$60, while large Discus fish range in price from $50-$200; generally young or small Discus fish are about 30-50% less than adult Discus fish. Some breeds of Discus fish are rarer than others and cost more; A Leopard Snakeskin Discus fish costs $100-$150, a Mandarin Passion Discus fish costs $100-$150, a Golden Diamond Discus fish can cost $3000 or more.
How Much Do Clown Fish Cost?
Clownfish prices vary per location, store, size, type and whether they are tank-raised or wild-caught. Tank-raised Clownfish tend to cost slightly more than wild-caught Clownfish. Most types of Clownfish cost around $15; however, some rarer Clownfish breeds can cost as much as $150. True Percula Clownfish and Pink Skunk Clownfish cost around $15. Black Ocellaris Clownfish cost around $50 and Semi-Picasso Clownfish cost around $100.
Fish Tank Sizes
Most pet stores sell fish tanks that range in size from 2 gallons to 120 gallons; some pet stores sell even bigger fish tanks, some as big as 200 gallons. The price of fish tanks varies greatly per location, size and shape. The price of fish tanks is also affected by whether they are made of glass or acrylic. Glass aquarium prices are usually less than acrylic aquarium prices. Generally, the price of just the fish tank with nothing else with it, works out to be about $1.40 a gallon. A 10 gallon tank with no lid or any fish supplies costs around $14, 20 gallon aquarium costs around $28, 50 gallon aquariums are around $70, and the cost of a 100 gallon fish tank is around $140. The cost of fish tank lids, filters, heater, gravel, decorations and lights is significantly more than the actual cost of the fish tank. The average cost of a fish tank light is around $40, filters cost $15-$120, heaters cost $20-$60 and fish tank lids can cost up to $200 for a 100-gallon tank. Fish tanks of all different sizes can be bought in kits or package deals that include all the basic fish supplies. Fish tank kits or package deals can save first time fish owners a substantial amount of money on aquarium prices.
Custom Fish Tanks
Custom fish tanks allow fish hobbyists to get an aquarium that differs from the normal rectangular tanks that most pet stores sell. Custom tanks come in a variety of shapes and sizes; the most common custom fish tank designs are corner fish tanks and octagon fish tanks. Custom fish tanks cost more than normal rectangular tanks. Many of the supplies for custom aquariums also cost more than the supplies for traditional rectangular aquariums; fish tank hoods and fish tank stands often need to be specially made to fit custom tanks. Corner fish tanks range in price from $100-$500 depending on the size. Octagon fish tanks range in price from $75-$500 depending on the size. Custom-made tanks can cost several hundred to several thousand dollars.
How Much Does Fish Food Cost?
The cost of fish food varies depending on type food and what size of container is bought. Fish food costs vary from $2-$50. The most commonly used and least expensive type of fish food is fish flakes or pellets. Prices for fish flakes or pellets are as low as $2 for a 1 ounce can to $40 for a 5 pound container. Fish food for carnivorous fish costs more as they need foods like bloodworms and brine shrimp. A 0.67 ounce can of freeze-dried brine shrimp costs around $7, while a 0.17 ounce can of bloodworms costs around $3. The average fish hobbyists with a 50-gallon tank of freshwater fish spends about $5-$15 a month on fish food.
Fish Tank Stand
Fish tank stands range in price from $30-$1000, depending on location, store, size and style. The average fish hobbyist with a 20-40 gallon aquarium spends $75-$100 on a stand. The average fish tank stand for aquariums from 40-80 gallons costs about $150-$200, while stands for fish tanks 80 gallons and over usually cost $250-$300 or more. Corner fish tank stands and stands for custom fish tanks tend to cost slightly more than stands for traditional style fish tanks.
On top of a fish tank stand, fish hobbyists will need a fish tank lid, a filter, heater, gravel, light, thermometer, aquarium decorations, and water purification and treatments. Fish hobbyists that buy an aquarium package will get most of the basic supplies in the package deal and save significantly on the overall cost of their aquarium. When bought individually, the average cost of fish tank lids or hoods is $40-$200 depending on the size, heaters for fish cost $20-$60, filters cost $15-$120 and a light for a fish tank costs around $40.