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Creation of Black Splash Angelfish

This was one of those projects where I didn't have my heart fully in to it. I must have started it about 10 years ago. It should be further along than it is, but at least it's back for now. It started with the desire to get a very dark fish with some orange on it. Streaked Blacks were a fish that I thought would work for this. The streaked gene causes lighter areas to appear on black angelfish. The older they get, the greater the lighter areas grow. I guessed that crossing with a koi would give me a black that had orange showing through. I've known for quite some time that the skin layer that stores carotenoid pigments is...

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Our New Website

We were in need of an update with a better, more reliable shopping cart, customer accounts, saved invoices, etc, so we spent the time and money to improve. A couple negatives came with the new design. One, this blog is not as polished as the wordpress blog we had before. It is also near impossible to easily transfer the comments to this one, so we probably won't even try. Another issue is that we had to use new page links, so many old links on the web will end up with "404 page not found". You can still use the menus to navigate to the right page. It will take some time to get all the redirects in place, so...

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Albino Dantum Angelfish Mystery

I first saw albino Dantum angelfish in person a few years back. I was in the fishroom of an IFGA breeder and observed the pair and some newly hatched fry from that pair. The pair was a very typical looking albino (though Dantum albinos have a slightly different look to them from the regular albinos in the hobby).  The fry however, were different. They weren’t clear with the normal pink, almost transparent eyes.  They had a greyish hue to them, both in the eyes and the body. This was my first clue that this variety was different.  Since then, it has been ...

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A New Albino Gene?

A recent Facebook post on an angelfish group 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...

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