Someday soon, you might be able to find Disney’s beloved “Dory” in your own aquarium. The beautiful blue tang fish will now being bred in Florida.

The star of the popular animated Disney movie “Finding Dory” has become a popular wish for aquarium hobbyists. The movie features a friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish voiced by TV personality Ellen DeGeneres.

The movie has grossed $900 million at the box office, and because of the cartoon fish’s captivating adorableness, scientists and animal rights activists fear the blue tang may suffer the same fate as Nemo, the studio’s popular animated clownfish—namely that there will be an increased demand for the electric blue fish for personal aquariums, putting a strain on the species in the wild.

After six years of study, a team of researchers at the University of Florida, along with the Rising Tide Conservation, have figured out how to breed the saltwater fish in tanks for the first time. This could be a potential boon to Florida’s $27 million aquaculture industry, which breeds and raises fish for home aquariums.

University of Florida associate professor Matt DiMaggio looks at growing algae at the Tropical Aquaculture Lab in Ruskin, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

University of Florida associate professor Matt DiMaggio looks at growing algae at the Tropical Aquaculture Lab in Ruskin, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

For more on this story by Tamara Lush: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-disney-dory-fish.html

cover photo: AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

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  1. Kitty

    Anyone know how they taste? I’m not sure how many to buy.

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