Disney’s “Finding Dory” officially premiers tomorrow and we are expecting to see a Dory Effect with a spike of interest in aquarium fish, particularly “Dory” the absent-minded blue tang or palette surgeonfish featured in this movie. There was a significant uptick in interest of fish and clownfish after the original animated classic “Finding Nemo” and many are expecting another rise in interest after this movie hits the market.
Sticking to the core goals of educating the membership and general public on issues around the marine aquarium hobby, MASNA is reminding everyone that may want to go out and purchase saltwater fishes after the movie, that responsible pet ownership is incredibly important.
As anyone who’s tried their hands at saltwater and reef aquariums knows there is a significant learning curve and a commitment (both in time and money) needed to be a responsible and successful aquarist. While many parents are lured into fish stores, we know there is a large number of LFS and big box pet stores options and the public might not get the best advice and expectation setting to be successful in the long term.
Like we mentioned earlier with our post on LiveAquaria’s efforts to help educate consumers with a freshwater alternative, the blue tang or palette surgeonfish or “Dory” require specific care for them to thrive. MASNA has prepared some great educational resources to review. For more information about the blue tang or palette surgeonfish (“Dory”), check out this document. There is also some great resources on marine fishkeeping at the MASNA Library page.