We shared the news that Lightening Maroon Clownfish are heading to Blue Zoo Aquatics last week and we’ve got a sneak peek at the fish headed to BZA as well as details on how to get your hands on these. Our own Matt Pedersen shared more details on the Lightning Maroon Clownfish blog. Make sure you head over there for more details.
The fish are on the way to Blue Zoo and the plan is to sell these via eBay to allow the market to dictate the price. Remember, these are first generation fish (F1) bred with a normal Papua New Guinea maroon clownfish and the PNG lightening maroon. The first five are a test run and include some of the more promising offspring with unique marking and others are rather plain looking.
The F1 fish shipped are now close to a year old and on the larger size. Each fish has been individually photographed and documented by Pedersen to give you a complete history on the fish moving forward. While these fish could be housed by any aquarist with the experience and system to house these, we do expect many of these to go to breeders looking to work with this intriguing fish. The first run of fish is a test run and if all goes well, you can expect more to be released.
One thing you’ll most likely see with this batch is lesser-grade fish that would normally see culled along the way. This was done intentionally, not as a way to maximize profits but instead as a way to preserve the important F1 generation as much as possible for successful future generations. As Pedersen states, “the more F1 fish we have creating the F2 generation, the better it is for heading off inbreeding problems.”
If you are interested in these fish, make sure you are signed up for eBay and follow the BZA seller account, then sign up for the Blue Zoo Aquatics newsletters and finally, make sure you are ready for these fish. Good luck!