Blue Planet Aquarium to breed world’s smallest fish

Aquarists at Blue Planet Aquarium are hoping to breed one of the  world’s smallest fish species.

The freshwater fish,  known as pygmy glass danios, measure just 10 mm  when fully grown.

James Dale from the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks said: “We’re  currently looking after a  shoal of 40 fish which were donated by Bolton Museum.  The museum was the first  place in the world to have  successfully bred the fish.

“We’re extremely hopeful  that ours will also begin  breeding in the coming  weeks and, in preparation  for the happy event, our  freshwater aquarist has begun breeding tiny, microscopic food ready to feed the  babies when they begin to  hatch,” he added.

The fish are not currently on display to the public due to their rarity, but aquarium bosses plan for the fish to eventually live in a specially-designed tank.

“We’re considering including a magnifying glass  on the front of the display to  enable visitors to get a clearer view of these tiny fish,”  added James.

“They’re actually really  beautifully marked and it’s  fascinating to see such perfect miniature versions of  fish,” he said.



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