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Love Disney’s ‘Dory’ fish? Soon, you could get your own

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Yokohama, JAPAN: Yellow Tang and Blue Palett Surgeon fish pick fishbait packed ball, looking like playing soccer on a football field shaped fishtank at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo 18 May 2006 for the new attraction which will be displayed until the end of FIFA World Cup in Germany. Japan (blue team color) will play against Brazil (yellow) in the first round of the World Cup in June. AFP PHOTO/YOSHIKAZU TSUNO

RUSKIN, Fla. — Someday soon, you might be able to find Disney’s beloved “Dory” in your own aquarium — and the beautiful blue tang fish will be bred in Florida, not the Pacific Ocean.

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.

In a small, stuffy greenhouse about a half-hour south of downtown Tampa, researchers are developing breeding blueprints for the notoriously delicate fish.

The star of the popular animated Disney movie “Finding Dory” has become a popular wish for aquarium hobbyists.