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O.R.A.'s soon-to-be-released "Black Snowflake" Clownfish

By Johnathan Carvallo - Posted Aug 06, 2011 01:00 AM
The folks over at Oceans, Reefs and Aquariums just announced the Black Snowflake Clownfish: a new strain of designer, captive-bred clownfish soon available to the masses.
O.R.A.'s soon-to-be-released "Black Snowflake" Clownfish

After extensive breeding efforts between four different strains of clownfish, O.R.A. Black Snowflakes like the one pictured above are set to release within the coming months.

The Black Ice Snowflake
The Black Ice Snowflake
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were to breed a Black Ocellaris and a Snowflake Ocellaris together? The folks over at O.R.A. did, and the offspring became known as the Black Ice Snowflake. O.R.A. didn't settle there; they wanted to strengthen the strain to produce an all-black clownfish with the patterns of a Snowflake clownfish. Through various pairings of regular Ocellaris, Snowflakes, Black Ice and Black Ocellaris clownfish, they worked hard in an effort to produce a jet-black fish with a remarkable white snowflake pattern as seen above.

O.R.A. is currently working on the genetics of broodstock to increase black pigmentation and plans to release the Black Snowflake in the coming months. Stay tuned for regular updates from yours truly and the folks at Oceans, Reefs and Aquariums.

Author: Johnathan Carvallo
Location: Northeast

Johnathan is a proud marine hobbyist who spent many years working in a local fish store while managing an online coral site. He enjoys all facets of the marine aquarium industry, but especially loves the technological side and is constantly working on improving and advancing it. He currently maintains a 34 gallon nano aquarium as as well as a coral propagation system. Jon is currently an employee at EcoTech Marine, owner of the up and coming and a staff blogger here at Advanced Aquarist.


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