Misidentified Microrasbora erythromicron

In my local pet shop there was a label on a tank which read “New Popular Tetra Microrasbora Galaxy”, and if you’ve not read on the internet or in magazines about the Microrasbora Galaxy in the last six months where have you been. I’m not going to repeat it here, Google for it, but the sad fact is, due to is popularity, it’s been over-fished for the Aquatic trade, and is now possible endangered. In September 2006, it was stated “the next big thing in the aquarium trade”, and I think we are all possible responsible for it’s demise in the wild. Microrasbora sp. Galaxy has been breed in capitivity by Bolton Museum Aquarium ion October 2006, and the advice is, only purchase this fish if you have the facilities to breed it.

In the tank of mislabelled Microrasbora Galaxy were three Microrasbora erythromicron, the shopkeeper told me that two Microrasbora Galaxy (I showed him a picture) had been sold at the weekend by an assistant as Neon Tetras for 65p each!

I’ve got a small tank, so I thought three Microrasbora erythromicron would be a nice addition, I will try and obtain some more, and see if i can breed them.

Both Microrasbora erythromicron and Microrasbora sp. Galaxy originate from Myanmar (New name for Burma). Microrasbora sp. Galaxy has now been classified as Celestichthys margaritatus, also know as The Celestial Pearl Danio. I hope to get some more Microrasbora erythromicron. These are very small fish, and I might need a better macro lens to take a picture of them. I’ll upload pictures when I’ve got them, they look a bit washed out at present.

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