Mike’s Fish Tank – Glofish

Posted by  //  June 23, 2014  //  Articles, Mike's Fish Tank

Glofish are very popular and I am sure everyone has seen the glo danios. Today’s GloFish fluorescent fish are bred from the offspring of fluorescent fish that were originally developed several years ago. Each new GloFish inherits its unique color directly from its parents, maintains the color throughout its life, and passes the color along to its offspring.

Where does the fluorescent color come from? The fluorescent color in GloFish is produced by a fluorescent protein gene, which creates the beautiful fluorescence that can be seen when looking at the fish. The fluorescent protein genes are derived from naturally occurring genes found in marine organisms.

Are GloFish dyed, injected, or individually altered? No, they are born beautiful!  GloFish’ fluorescent fish are traditionally bred; they are not dyed, injected or individually altered in any way. Their unique color is a hereditary trait that is passed from generation to generation, just like any other genetic trait.

The GloFish is a patented and trademarked brand of genetically modified (GM) fluorescent fish. A variety of different GloFish are currently on the market. Zebrafish were the first GloFish available in pet stores, and are now sold in bright red, green,orange, yellow, blue, and purple fluorescent colors. Recently “Electric Green”, “Sunburst Orange”, “Moonrise Pink”, and “Galactic Purple” colored tetra  and an “Electric Green” tiger barb have been added to the lineup. Although not originally developed for the ornamental fish trade, it is one of the first genetically modified animals to become publicly available as a pet. It is sold only in the United States (excluding California), where it remains the only genetically modified pet to be publicly available. The rights to GloFish are owned by Yorktown Technologies, the company that commercialized the fish.

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