Can Aquarium fish be mounted ?

Submitted by Shelli on 4/12/05 at 7:22 PM. ( )

I have a question about small aquarium fish, can they be mounted ?
I AM NOT a taxidermist, so please don't make fun of me for asking, I'm just curious if these little, very expensive fish can be "forever" preserved ?
Thank you in advance for your replies,


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Some can...

This response submitted by marty on 4/12/05 at 8:34 PM. ( )

...But most have such thin skin and/or are so small that traditional taxidermy methods would prove too difficult. They can be freeze-dried and then painted. Or they can be cast and painted. Look for a taxidermist that can do either of these two methods to preserve your aquarium fish. Most do not have freeze driers as they are expensive and expensive to run. So a custom cast of your fish would be another option...


This response submitted by newbirdman on 4/13/05 at 6:24 AM. ( )

You mention expensive fish so maybe your talking about salt water aquarium fish . I've done skin mounts on fish as small as 5" but your probably better off having someone make a fiberglass mold of them of freeze dry them as stated above . If you think they were expensive alive ,wait until you see the price to mount them . Rick

Thank You

This response submitted by Shelli on 4/13/05 at 7:17 AM. ( )

Thank You for your responses, and I'm still laughing Rick at thinking they were expensive alive, and wait til I see what this would cost.
I'll have to find out more about freeze dried methods and if anyone here does that.
Thanks again,


just in case you were wondering... I'm a teacher and one of our class fish died, now another, ect. and yes they are salt water fish, LOL $$$$$$$$$$$$, LOL

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