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  Nemo boosts demand for clown fish
Updated 16 October 2003, 16.22
Clown fish
Tropical fish dealers have reported an 80% increase in the demand for clown fish since animated adventure Finding Nemo opened in the UK.

The stars are clown fish - beautiful creatures who live in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and Red Sea.

But tropical fish experts are warning people to think very carefully before finding their own Nemo.

Caring for them requires a lot of work - and it's expensive, with a basic aquarium and fish costing up to 1,000.

A scene from Finding Nemo
A scene from Finding Nemo

When Finding Nemo opened in the US earlier this year, it prompted a worrying trend among some tropical fish owners.

At one point in the film, Nemo escapes by being flushed down a toilet. Some people decided to "free" their fish in the same way.

But experts say there's no way that fish would survive this ordeal.



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