We wouldn’t have guessed it, but it’s awfully hard to get a certain little blue Caribbean fish to breed. In fact, it took an expert at the New England Aquarium a year of work to set up the right combination of mood lighting, tank feng shui, and a never-ending buffet of gourmet fish food to make it happen.
Lead biologist Monika Schmuck had two baby Blue Chromis fish at the end of all that work. It was the first time anyone in the world had successfully bred Blue Chromis in captivity.
“Today I actually got four more, so that’s a total of six,” she told WCAI.
There are about 100 Blue Chromis in the large tank at the New England Aquarium at any given time, so there’s a lot more work to be done to scale up the breeding process.
“The animals that we choose to breed, including the Blue Chromis, are important for our aquarium and also for our exhibits,” Schmuck said….