The Exceptional Fish of the 2017 Global Pet Expo

06 Apr, 2017

Read: Part I  | Part II | Part III

Canthidermis maculata, the Spotted Oceanic Triggerfish

The Spotted Oceanic Triggerfish (Canthidermis maculata), a rarely seen marine species on display in Sun Pet‘s tanks

 

A stunning Dragon Blood Peacock (Aulonocara sp.) bred and raised by Imperial Tropicals

A stunning Dragon Blood Peacock (Aulonocara sp.) bred and raised by Imperial Tropicals

When you get many of the country’s largest importers, farmers, and wholesalers of aquarium fish all together at the same event, chances are they’re going to use that opportunity to show off their best, newest, and most unique fish. At Global Pet Expo, this is exactly the scenario, and both the centrally-located Aquatic Lounge and the booths surrounding it were well stocked with a wide variety of interesting specimens and just plain old “nice fish.” From tank-raised marine fish (far beyond the standard fare of clownfish and dottybacks) to flawless wild-collected cichlids and Corydoras cats, the fish on display at Global provided a perfect backdrop to the dizzying array of booths to visit and new products to discover (see our coverage of the show floor, Part 1 and Part 2). For the final day of the expo, I found myself spending the most time around exhibitors’ tanks, watching for and photographing the fish that—to me, at least—stood out from the rest and caught my eye.

One of Madagascar's beautiful and endangered endemic cichlids, Paretroplus maculatus, on display from Old World Exotic Fish

One of Madagascar’s beautiful and endangered endemic cichlids, Paretroplus maculatus, on display from Old World Exotic Fish

So, to close out our coverage of the massive, industry-only trade show held each spring in Orlando, Florida, here’s our photographic highlight reel of the fish of Global Pet. Enjoy, and feel free to ask questions or let us know your favorites in the comments!

A pair of Lyretail Hogfish (Bodianus anthioides) showing off their namesake caudal fins in one of Segrest Farms' aquariums

A pair of Lyretail Hogfish (Bodianus anthioides) showing off their namesake caudal fins in one of Segrest Farms‘ aquariums

 

A real rarity from Segrest Farms, a freshwater Frogfish (Antennarius sp.). This typically marine fish has been collected in almost pure freshwater habitats in parts of Indonesia and seems to thrive in these conditions.

A real rarity from Segrest Farms, a freshwater Frogfish (Antennarius sp.). This typically marine fish has been collected in almost pure freshwater habitats in parts of Indonesia and seems to thrive in these conditions.

 

A display aquarium featuring captive bred fish from ORA including Kamohara Blennies, Pajama Cardinals, and others.

A display aquarium featuring captive-bred fish from ORA, including Kamohara Blennies (Meiacanthus kamoharai), Pajama Cardinals (Sphaeramia nematoptera), and others

 

Although they have been collected more regularly in recent years aberrant Scopas Tangs (Zebrasoma scopas) like this one from Sun Pet are hardly a common sight

Although they have been collected more regularly in recent years, aberrant Scopas Tangs (Zebrasoma scopas) like this one from Sun Pet are hardly a common sight.

 

A beautiful group of Corydoras cf. fowleri (probably<em> C. semiaquilus</em>) and a well-hidden Tigrinus catfish (Merodontotus tigrinus) from Nautilus Wholesale.

A beautiful group of Corydoras cf. fowleri (probably C. semiaquilus) and a well-hidden Tigrinus catfish (Merodontotus tigrinus) from Nautilus Wholesale

 

One of Lake Victoria's most colorful endemics, Pundamilia nyerei from Imperial Tropicals

One of Lake Victoria’s most colorful endemics, Pundamilia nyererei from Imperial Tropicals

 

Fish weren't the only aquatic life on display - the centerpiece of this tank featuring plants from Florida Aquatic Nurseries is a stunning St. Elmo's Fire Sword (Echinodorus sp. 'St. Elmo's Fire')

Fish weren’t the only aquatic life on display — the centerpiece of this tank featuring plants from Florida Aquatic Nurseries is a stunning St. Elmo’s Fire Sword (Echinodorus sp. “St. Elmo’s Fire”).

 

Cute, yet fierce - a baby Payara (Hydrolycus scomberoides) in one of the Sun Pet aquariums

Fierce, but sort of cute: a baby Payara (Hydrolycus scomberoides) in one of the Sun Pet aquariums

 

Uncommon and expensive, these "Blackberry" Silver Dollars from Sun Pet are likely a line bred form of Myleus schomburgkii

Uncommon and pricey, these “Blackberry” Silver Dollars from Sun Pet are likely a line-bred form of Myleus schomburgkii.

 

A Fahaka or Nile Puffer on display in the Ruinemans Aquarium tanks

A Fahaka or Nile Puffer (Tetraodon lineatus) on display from Ruinemans Aquarium

 

Captive bred Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus) and Grunts from Fisheye Aquaculture. Both of these species were worked on by Rising Tide and then brought into commercial production

Captive-bred Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus) and Grunts from Fisheye Aquaculture. Both of these species were worked on by Rising Tide and then brought into commercial production.

 

Big Florida bred Roseline Barbs (Sahyadria denisonii) on display from 5D tropicals

Big Florida-bred Roseline Barbs (Sahyadria denisonii) on display from 5D Tropical

 

A nice group of Victorian Cichlids, including a new albino strain of Pundamilia nyerei (center) from Mike's Cichlids

A nice group of Victorian Cichlids, including a beautiful new albino strain of Pundamilia nyerei (center) from Mike’s Cichlids