Tropical Fish

These aquarium species formerly
went under the name of tropical fish, as
they were caught in their natural habitats
in tropical areas all over the world (see
map on following page). Nowadays,
80-85% of freshwater species are bred in
captivity, and by no means always in their
native regions, so the term "tropical" is no
longer appropriate.
The dominant output is from South-East
Asia, shared between Hong Kong, the
Philippines and Singapore, accounting for
over three-quarters of species. The neon
tetra. for instance, originally from
, is bred at the rate of
thousands per month. .....
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