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It looks like “Finding Dory” is not just a successful movie but a lot of people grew fond of the real-life version of Dory fish, the Pacific blue tang.
Officials from the Rising Tide Conservation have announced that the blue tang fish has been bred for the first time in captivity. A lot of people want to have a specimen in their homes after seeing the movie. Finding Nemo clownfish, Harry Potter owl, and 101 Dalmatians had the same effect on the public because a lot of people wanted to purchase these animals and have them as pets.
But it is rather difficult when it comes to the Pacific blue tangs because this species is not only endangered but breeding them in captivity is a highly challenging process.
According to Craig Watson, University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Lab director, marine biologists are highly concerned about the future of Pacific Tang because over the last few years this species has suffered a massive decline.
The Dory fish breeding project started six years ago when UF Aquaculture Lab and Rising Tide joined their efforts to help the Dory fish have a brighter future. The reason why this process is tough is that the initial growth of the fish is hard to support.
Spawning is easy, but if the water temperature and quality are not good enough, the hatchlings won’t survive. A team from the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University has successfully bred the first Yellow Tang in captivity last year.
Yellow tangs are part of the same species like the Pacific blue tang. Scientists believe that if blue tang breeding will be a success, the future of their population will be assured thanks to the fact that marine biologists will develop projects that will protect and preserve the wild population as well.
According to Reef Builders, baby Dory fish is over $50, and it comes with a starter kit and a 30-gallon tank which is almost $700. Watson stressed that aquarium keepers and marine biologists were highly concerned about the Pacific blue tang’s numbers until recently.
Thanks to the fact that this species will be bred in captivity from now on, scientists finally have proof that their efforts paid off. According to Roger, owner of an aquatic life store and an aquarium in central Massachusetts, it is great the wild population will be preserved and that people will benefit from many specimens of Dory fish, all bred in captivity.