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dapsta 05-13-2009 12:12 AM

Does albino equal Weird?
OK so I've had a lot of fish in my day, and the one thing i have noticed consistently is that whenever i get an albino version of a fish, it ends up acting kooky and dying a lot faster than its regular counterpart.
  • I've had and albino oscar that just hung out at the bottom until dead
  • an albino paradise fish which would just randomly dart for 1 second and then stay still for one second. all day. It would also just shake. All up my overall description of the fish could be 'coke addict'. seriously.
  • the last was a albino bristlenose catfish, that fish was a complete emo just floating at the top of the tank sitting still for hours. would have to tap the tank to check if its alive.
I've got the regular version of all three and they were all introduced to the tank at the same time as the albino fish.

i looked into it, and human albino's tend to have a lot of mental and physical problems and albinism is technically a mutation. so my question is, would the same apply to fish? Are albino fish more prone to death?

froglady 05-13-2009 12:17 AM

Hi I really dont think its so, for fish. I have and albino catfish and hes the healthy one. he tends to outlive all my fish Ive had. anyway this is my experience.

Fishin Pole 05-13-2009 05:59 AM

the only thing i can add about albinoism, in humans they are very light sensitive.............I would think a fish with pink eyes could also have the same thing happening if your tank is really bright...........Just a thought

buzz4520 05-23-2009 10:33 PM

i've got 2 albino oscars (got them when they were about 3 inches ) that's about 10 inches now and they never seemed to act kooky or have had health issues. i've also in the past have raised other albino fish and never had any problems with them. sorry i could'nt be of any help.

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