Contrary to popular belief albino fish can have color besides white. They are missing the ability to create the darker skin pigments which leaves them much lighter than usual. True albino fish will always have red eyes and are predominantly white.
Albinos are seldom seen in the wild due to natural selection. Their light skin is a poor camouflage tool and few grow large enough to reproduce. In captivity albinism has been selectively bred and added to the range of other aquarium species available.
Breeding Albino Fish
Albino and normal fish from the same species can breed together but the offspring will look normal. This is because albinism is a recessive trait. If a known albino and pure normal fish are coupled none of the offspring will look albino though all wll carry the gene. If the resulting offspring are bred together there should be on average 25% albinos produced from the entire group. These fish showing the will always be pure. The remainder of the fish will all look normal with 25% being pure normal and 50% carrying both genes.
Why People Choose Albino Fish
These mainly white fish are something a bit different from the average fare. A community aquarium can be built around just these type of fish for an interesting effect. Others look to albinos for a change of color in a fish species they already know and love.
Live Albino Fish For Sale
There is an albino verion of most popular fish sold. When new to the pet trade they will sell for considerably more than the standard varieties. As time goes by and numbers increase they will drop in price to match the plain fish of the same species.
If you buy any of the albino fish shown below you will be shopping from current eBay listings.