Tropical Fish Species – A new variation of Puntius Denisonii
Just reported in Practical Fishkeeping, there is a new variation of the Puntius Denisonii barb that will be gold in colour. The new variation has been produced from culls of on-off variations in the fish during the extensive breeding activities of CV Maju Aquarium in Malaysia. In Practical Fish Keeping’s opinion, it will be immensely popular. When I saw the picture on their blog, I have to agree, and if it shows up here in Canada anytime soon, I will try to obtain a few to keep in my own tanks. I admit that is not usual for me. The picture of them is found on Practical Fishkeeping’s blog. I would love to reproduce it here, but I also refuse to impinge on copyright, so can only suggest you click over there to see it.
The gold morph is the brainchild of CV Maju Aquarium in Indonesia, and came about when yellow mutant fish were noted and harvested from their existing P. denisonii commercial breeding ventures.
Since last year, these one-offs have been collected to make a breeding project, and are soon expected to be available commercially. Brood stock numbers aren’t huge yet, and so the project is being tightly managed, and turnout figures presently low.
Such fish would not be naturally occurring in the wild, due to the predation pressures that come with having a garish colour, but we expect to see further variants from this fish as commercial farming interests continue to grow.
Puntius Denisonii Gold Morph will be rare for a while
It would seem that the premiere of the fish will be by Maidenhead Aquariums in the UK and they will be showing them at a local aquarium event at the London Olympia. The Puntius denisonii is a faily popular barb and is common in many pet stores, but it wil be quite a while, I think, before this new colour variation will be available. It woud seem that Maidenhead Aquariums has been given an exclusive on this morpjh for the UK, bets are that they are not overly common at the present time and access to them may be quite a while in coming, but be on the look-out for them at your local pet store, I know I will be.