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Funny thing I was just going to post a very similar message. I recently
got a trio of GAR Akure and now have collected at least 4 albino fry. The
oldest is reaching sexual maturity. I noticed that there are serveral eggs
developing that are clearly albino (you can see the white of their eyes).
I have considered developing an albino strain to see what the genetics are
like in this fish. I can't really say if the trait follows a mendelian
ratio (as I am working from a trio that both females may carry the trait),
but one -two per spawn (30 fish) seems to not hold a 1:3 ratio if this was
a single gene mutation. If i can get a pair of albinos I am going to work
on the assumption that they are homozygous for this apparently recessive
trait and see what their progeny look like. Anyone got any ideas?
Also was wondering if anyone had done work on GAR nutrition and spinal
deformaties resulting from vitamin/mineral deffiencies. A friend of mine
has gotten some GAR Misaje and they seem to be throwing fish with really
bent spines. the parents of these fish are in another part of the island
with different water. I am considering different water as a factor, but it
looks like a Vitamine D or Vitamine C problem. Anyone with suggestions?
>Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 08:57:46 EDT
>From: IceFireVS at aol_com
>Subject: Akure Albinos??
>Well, here's a question for the list. I recently obtained some Fp. Gardneri
>Akure eggs from a fellow list member. Now, almost two weeks after hatching, I
>have noticed that two of the fry appear to be albinos. They are VERY pale,
>even their eyes are so light as to not being noticeable. Needless to say,
>makes them EXTREMELY difficult to find when I am doing my feeding/checkup
>routines, not to mention water changes! Even the newest hatched fry are
>to spot than these two.
> Does anyone know of other instances of albinoism among Fp. Garneri
>really interested in finding out.
> Vicki in "Flood City" PA
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