Search of The Red Angelfish
In 1972, German born angelfish breeder Mr. Paul Claes
of Newburgh, New York was involved in a tragic auto
accident. Upon his death, the contents of his hatchery
were sold to long time friend and business associate,
Mr. Buddy Brooks, who was at the time a national distributor
of tropical fish. This hatchery housed 1500 tanks, over
a half million gallons of water, and enough angels to
supply much of the eastern seaboard. When the fish were
delivered to Mr. Brooks, he described them as “the most
beautiful that he had ever seen, in this country or
anywhere in the world”. There were wilds, blacks, black
lace, and red headed marbles (which were new to the
industry) just to mention a few. Found among these thousands
of incredible fish was one
solid red angel. It was not a blushing or
a marble, and it was solid red including fins and body.
Every effort was made to breed it without success. It
was eventually lost forever. There was much speculation
as to what Mr. Claes had done to create it. Mr. Brooks
believes that he was selecting for red from the thousands
of imported wild scalare that passed through his hatchery
on their way to the U.S. market. Unfortunately, we will
never know for sure.
name is Dave Hlasnick. This web site highlights
my journey with angelfish, which spans over 30 years.
The goal of changing the Koi angel from white to red/orange
is still a work in progress, but there might be a glimmer
of light at the end of the tunnel! I have composed an
article which describes the history of my accomplishments
"My Search for The Red Angelfish."
Throughout this article you can click on
any image for a larger view of the fish being described.
I hope you enjoy my story.
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. . . Dave Hlasnick