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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.