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Australian Flathead Perch (Rainfordia opercularis) consuming ghost shrimp [video]

By Leonard Ho - Posted Sep 18, 2011 07:00 AM has shared with Advanced Aquarist a wonderful video of the ultra rare, ultra expensive Rainfordia opercularis eagerly dining on ghost shrimp. This is the only video documentation of R.opercularis consuming prey that we are aware of.

You won't find many fish rarer in our hobby than the Australian Flathead Perch, and it's got a price tag to match.  Diver's Den ( has the first and only Rainfordia opercularis publicly offered for sale in the United States.  The price is not for the feint of heart.  But if you are a diehard rare marine fish aficionado, it really does not get better than this species.

For the rest of us, we can enjoy this equally rare video of R.opercularis chowing down on ghost shrimp with gusto!  The Flathead Perch prefers shelter beneath rock cover (as it does in the wild), only darting out to snatch passing prey.  In the video, the Perch shares its cave with a cute juvenile Regal Angelfish.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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