A New Albino Gene?

A New Albino Gene?

A recent Facebook post on an angelfish groug brought up the Albino gene in Dantum angelfish.  It reminded me of an article I put in our former newsletter about the albino gene. It’s the kind of observation that is important to me and thought I’d share it on the blog.    Normal Albino of the past 25 years. Albinism is rather common in many ornamental fish varieties. However, it is just recently that we have become aware of the fact that it appears to commonly occur on more than one gene location. It’s been several years that we have known it to be on at least 2 locations in our bristlenose pleco varieties. Breeding two albino plecos together and producing a percentage of wild-type (non-albino) is a good indication of albino on a different location in each parent. That first occurred in our spawns back about 10 years ago. Recently, at an IFGA Show in Michigan, a few of us were invited into Simeon Bonev’s fishroom. Simeon keeps mostly guppies, but he had a tank of angelfish he had gotten several months back. They came from Israel and were labeled Albino Altums when he brought them in. He asked my opinion of them and I said that while they certainly were not a variety of altum, they were different. They probably have some wild blood in them, but that wasn’t what made them unique. The color was slightly different from the albinos I’ve kept for the past 23 years. After a few question it got interesting. Turns out, this fish’s offspring do not start out with the pink eyes and are somewhat silvery...