First Picasso clownfish, then Snowflakes, followed by Snowcassos….and now albinos?!?!?
Hobbyists are finding that clownfish are very easy to breed. And with new techniques emerging on the proper care of newly hatched fish, raising these fry to adulthood is becoming more common. And with this, mutations are becoming more and more present. The newest one on the list apparently is albinism.
I was browsing the web for aquarium related topics as usual and came across this unique story. On the Marine Ornamental Fish & Invert Breeders Society (MOFIB Thread) , member Marcel has apparently had some albino clownfish show up in his A. ocellaris clutch. According to Marcel, his clowns laid a clutch of eggs, and about 300 fry were successfully raised. Of that 300 or so, 20-30 had lighter pigmentation and the traditional pink eyes found in albinos. Now, these fish aren’t completely white with pink eyes like the rabbits you see at the pet store. They do have some light orange bars and pink eyes. But the true definition of albinism doesn’t rule out the presence of color, it just says the animal has a lack of black pigment. Regardless, these fish are another unique addition to the clownfish world.
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All images courtesy of Marcel Triessl