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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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Wild-cross Koi Project Update

We occasionally get requests from people who would like to see an update on a project.  Wild-cross projects tend to be some that are most often asked about.  I should do these updates more often.  It's not the writing that gets me. It's photography. I used to think that I would love it. Just give me a high-quality camera, which I have, and I will really enjoy taking all sorts of photos. I guess that's not the case. Apparently I just don't have the patience for it. It probably sounds strange coming from someone who has been raising angelfish for 40 years, but if the pictures don't look as good as the subject I will work at it for a while...

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Longfin Confusion

For years I have watched people offer standard fin bristlenose for sale to people, stating that these fish carried a gene for longfin. I felt very bad for the people wasting their money and worse wasting the next year or two raising and breeding these standard bristlenose just to find out that all of the babies would look just like mom and dad. As recently as last week we received a call from a customer wanting to place an order for some standard fin, or "normal" super-red bristlenose that carry the longfin gene. It is an understandable mistake to think that the gene that is responsible for the longfin trait might be recessive, but this misunderstanding has been going on far...

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Platinum Blushing Project

This pair is the result of a 3-year project to create a wild-cross Platinum Blushing pair.   They are F2 Peruvian wild-cross.  Our experience has been that the gene for Blue, when homozygous, causes some negative effects on angelfish.  The fry are weaker, slower growing and not quite as fertile in many cases when they mature.   We developed this project to see if we could combat these problems.  This female always puts down spawns in the 1500 to 2000 range.   We couldn't ask for much more at this point.  The fry have been vigorous and are growing well, though still not as fast-growing as most other strong strains.  On the plus side, fertility was fantastic and hatch-rate was...

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