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Post  bridgegirl99 on Thu 12 May 2016, 07:27

I'm still plodding on with my Albino male, the pair have a very poor hatch rate, which is probably why so many spawns get eaten, they do however sometimes move the good eggs to the top of the flower pot, but usually eat the wrigglers a day later, I keep trying to pinch a few, the spawn before last I managed to steal a couple of dozen, which I've been looking after.

Amongst the free swimmers I could see I had quite a few albinos, I realise they are tricky to raise, so I had been trying to target feed, the non albinos are doing ok at the moment, but the albinos were definitely much smaller, yesterday I lost 4,  I'm guessing the last couple will go the same way in the next day or two, is there anything special I can try to get them to survive?

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Post  Pterophyllum on Thu 12 May 2016, 12:36

I've not had much success with albinos, but from what I can gather the key points are :-

1. Separate them from their non-albino siblings, use a meat baster a day or so before they go free swimming and it should be fairly easy to identify them.
2. Keep them in very dim lighting, not just once they go free swimming, but from the moment they're laid.
3. Start them off in a small tank or container, so it's easier for them to find the food, avoid the temptation to overfeed, as long as they manage to eat something in the first couple of weeks, they will grow, their eyesight will improve and then they'll feed better. Far better that they grow slowly than have them die from pollution due to uneaten food.

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Post  bridgegirl99 on Thu 12 May 2016, 18:49

Think I'm down to one now but he looks strong enough for the moment, thanks for the advice Rob

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