Finding Dory: Scientists Farm Dory Fish Or Pacific Blue Tang

Posted: Jul 21 2016, 11:57am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Finding Dory: Scientists Farm Dory Fish or Pacific Blue Tang
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  • Scientists invent Novel Procedure of Farming Pacific Blue Tang

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Scientists have invented a novel procedure of farming Pacific blue tang. This fish can now enter the exhaustive list of marine life forms for fisheries.

Researchers have found a new means of farming Pacific blue tang. This colorful fish can be found in the context of a Disney movie too. Now aquarium owners and marine life exhibit heads can have a reliable source for Pacific blue tang instead of being dependent on fish caught in the wild.

The scientists worked in tandem with two agencies and managed to breed blue tang in a successful manner. While the whole project was a precarious one and took a lot of effort, it was worth it in the end.

This project began half a dozen years ago when production technologies for major marine life forms were just undergoing formation. Included somewhere in the list were Pacific blue tang.

A group of scientists put two and two together in order to allow this special species of fish to survive for at least a week’s time span. Without a little elbow grease from various institutions this project would not have got off the ground. The raising of some of the most delicate and special sort of fish was what the main focus was on.

The hatchlings of Pacific blue tang were placed in a tank. There they absorbed nutrients from their attached yolks. During the first few days, the blue tang formed mouths and eyes. Before this, these body parts were in an amorphous state.

A lot of conditions have to be just right for the fish to turn out alive and well in the end. It was a very fragile operation where the researchers were literally walking on eggshells. Had anything gone awry, the fish would have ended up as dead as doornails.

The survival rate for the fish was 80% which is not bad seeing the fact that this was the first try. After this critical stage, the fish survived for three weeks.

This experiment reminds one of the Disney movie “Finding Dory”.The fish are indeed beautiful members of the marine environment. To raise them in incubators and carefully allow them to survive for as long as possible is a laudable aim.

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