Do you like the idea of having a variety of fish as pets and dream of having a big and beautiful aquarium in your home with different, colorful, and amazing fish swimming all day long?
If so, you might be interested to know that catfish have some of the most fascinating personalities coupled with very distinctive a aspect. These features and qualities also make them one of the most popular choices among beginner aquarium owners.
How Much Does Catfish Cost?
The price of a catfish would start at around $8 and go up to $340, depending on several factors such as the breed, the state you live in, the time of the year, the size of the fish, and the place you buy it from. However, most purchases are within the $15 to $70 range if you intend to buy the catfish for keeping it as a pet or to raise it in your backyard pond.
For instance, you would have to pay $28 to $35 for a Tiger Shovel Nose, that measures anywhere between three and six inches. For a Red Tail, you will have to get $40 to $70 out of your pocket, while a TSN Hybrid catfish can cost you $25 to $35.
Plan on spending $7 to $13 for the Featherfin, Farlowella, or Twig, and $10 to $18 for the common catfish Pictus.
When talking about the cost of catfish available for consumption, it will depend on the store selling it and the market conditions. You can purchase farm raised catfish from most local grocery stores at the price of $5 to $10 per pound.
These catfish fillet products are already cleaned, cut up, processed, and ready to be cooked at home. If you want to buy an entire fresh catfish without it being processed, from a local fish market or fish farm, you will have to pay anywhere between $6 and $12 per pound.
Expect to pay $5 to $11 for a catfish steak or fillet that is already prepared.
In the table below you can find the average prices for some of the most popular species of catfish.
|Species||Updated Catfish Prices|
|Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish||$28.75|
|Orange Laser Corydoras Catfish||$17.25|
|Synodontis Lace Catfish||$9.20|
|Sterbai Cory Catfish||$14.95|
|Albino Corydoras Catfish||$5.75|
|Spotted Raphael Catfish||$11.50|
|Bronze Corydoras Catfish||$5.75|
|Synodontis Angelicus Catfish||$69.00|
|Farlowella Twig Catfish||$5.75|
|Flagtail Porthole Catfish||$10.35|
|Julii Leopard Catfish||$5.75|
|Neon Red Corydoras Catfish||$14.95|
|Red Tail Catfish||$57.50|
|Loricara Whiptail Catfish||$5.75|
|Upside Down Catfish||$10.35|
|Paleatus Corydoras Catfish||$5.75|
|Panda Corydoras Catfish||$5.75|
What are the additional expenses?
In case you buy catfish through an online retailer, you will have to pay for delivery.
The total catfish population is very diverse, with almost 3000 species known to date. They rank second or third among all vertebrates in terms of their diversity, and interestingly, one out of every twenty vertebrates and also one out of every ten species of fish is a catfish.
Catfish stand out among all other types of fish because they do not have scales, which are often considered to be the most defining feature of fish species. Instead of scales, catfish have spines in the front of their fins and also a fleshy, rayless hind fin, which is called an adipose fin.
One of their most notable physical features is, of course, the presence of thin, prominent whiskers. Most species of catfish contain four pairs of whiskers on the head and two on the chin with one maxillary and one nasal.
Catfish normally vary in size, with the smallest species ranging from 4-5 cm in length, while the largest and heaviest of the catfish species reach up to 4.5 meters in length and weigh approximately 300 kilograms.
The three largest species of catfish are the giant Mekong catfish, the Wels catfish, and the Piraiba catfish.
Important things about the fish
Some catfish can be carnivorous, herbivorous, omnivorous, or even lignivorous (eating microorganisms in the mud). A catfish’s diet changes as it grows, with young catfish eating larvae and insects, and mature catfish eating insects, snails, other fish, and fish eggs.
A catfish has about 100,000 taste buds and its body is covered with them to help detect chemicals in the water and also to respond to touch.
Some ancient cultures used to keep catfish in their latrine ponds as a natural way to get rid of waste.
How to cook catfish?
Catfish have a mild, sweet flavor and are less dense than other white fish, allowing for a variety of cooking options. The most common cooking method is frying, but catfish can be prepared on the grill, in the oven, or pan-fried. The fillet marinated in brine can also be enjoyed raw.
Popular catfish types
- Emerald Green
- Asian Red
- Striped Raphael
Tips for saving money
If you plan on having a catfish as a pet, take into consideration all the different breeds. The cost of each catfish will greatly vary as some are somewhat common while others are rare.
Visit your local pet shops and check if they have in stock any catfish. This way you will save on the shipping costs.