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Mating Slinkys 04-22-2007 11:15 AM

Albino Tank?
Hey folks, I'm about to set up a new tank as soon as i can buy one (come on payday...) and i thought it would be a nice theme to have a tank full of various albino fish. Can anyone reccomend some good ones? Also, i like the idea of having a dark substrate/decor to show the fish really clearly, but will this make the fishes stressed cos they can't hide? Any suggestions?

P.S not sure what size tank it's gona be, just the biggest i can afford.

frogman6 04-22-2007 11:29 AM

well if its big enough get an albino dinosaur bichir but i believe they need 60+ gallons but could be wrong or also a albino knifefish love those fish but remember they will get big and possibly mean especially the dinosaur bichir

JouteiMike 04-22-2007 12:10 PM

Tiger barbs and Corys are also a couple of albinos.

Even an albino Red Tailed Shark, but those can be territorial, so be careful

Falina 04-22-2007 12:10 PM

Dark substrate won't stress them if there are still plants and caves/wood etc. A dark background would look good combined with the dark gravel too.

A fish I'd REALLY recommend is the blind cave tetra. They're not albino in the sense that they also come in a non-albino form but they do have the albino colouring. They also have no eyes, hence the name. I think they're absolutely brilliant little fish. If you want a bit more information on them go to Freshwater Species and Compatability > Characins > Blind Cave Tetra Part 2 where I posted about them a while ago just because I was so pleased with the two I have. They really are immensely underrated! A great thing about them as well is that they don't grow terribly big (4") but for a tetra that's really big, so you don't need to worry about anyone else eating them. They're also the most peaceful fish I've ever had in terms of nipping/chasing/bullying etc.

Albino cories would be lovely on the bottom as well I think - another of my favourite fish.

Your tank sounds great. I thought about setting up an albino tank at one point as well but ended up developing an obsession with catfish and so decided against it.

Good luck with your tank, let us know what you decide on and be sure to post photos! :D

fish_4_all 04-22-2007 01:01 PM

Albino BN pleco, albino xray glow lite tetras, albino cories, the albino bechir would be really cool if the tnak is big enough. HERE is link to an albino bechir from another member.

I agree that if the fish have enough places to hide the dark substrate won't hurt at all.

fishr4life 04-22-2007 02:08 PM

I have and idea

Mating Slinkys 04-22-2007 03:39 PM

Wow, lots to think about there, cheers folks! It was just an idle thought but i think i might go with it now, as soon as pay day rolls around... I also have been toying with the idea of a black substrate with white quartz rocks in it, or vice versa. Either way lots of cave spots and nooks. Any unusual plants that would go with a dark or black/white colours scheme?

Gump 04-22-2007 04:06 PM

Do not mix bichirs with cories or small catfish. If your going to have a smaller tank id leave them out of it completley. Most of the options given should be found at most lfs.

tophat665 04-22-2007 04:16 PM

I've always thought it would be really neat to make a cave tank with a styrofoam and epoxy background on 3 sides and the floor of the tank, maybe on the lid as well, with the lighting from low wattage red or blue bulbs. Blind Cave Tetras, albino bronze Cories, and an albino bristlenose pleco. Maybe an albino weather loach or 3 if the tank were big enough.

Bear in mind that you'll need to incorporate some driftwood in your hardscape if you go with a bristlenose pleco.

That said, if you want a tank with a dark substrate and really light rocks (which won't, I think, look as good as you imagine. Try washed anthracite coal instead), then one suspects that you would want to keep the lighting subdued, which will severely limit your choice of plants to Anubias, Cryptocoryne (and not all species at that), Java Fern, and Java Moss.

If you can lay hands on the Windoloev variant of Java Fern, that would look really nice.

I have it! If you can get "Pellia" Monosolenium tenerum, that would look awesome. Very undemanding. Looks like riccia writ large and flat. Here is it's Tropica card. Make some steps at the back of the tank and plant it on the top step (tie it down), and let it march down them over time.

daisycutter 04-23-2007 11:31 AM

the benifit of the cave tetras is they do not need normal light and can be displayed in a setup lit by "mood lighting" like a subtule blue or green something i may try myself sometime it may be worth looking into a cave setup with species that live in perpetual darkness

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