Most of this has to do with the shipping required to get livestock from thousands of miles away to your LFS. Gas prices will never be low again so prices, for exotic stuff like this especially, will continue to rise.
I live in central missouri (literally as far from the ocean as I can get pretty much). Prices are competitive with online pricing around here. Torch, hammer, frogspawns are about $10-15 a head, zoa colonies are 20 - 50, BTAs 25-40.
Fish are the same, occs about 15-20, yellow tangs 25, ect.
Maybe I am just lucky =)