Good morning Koko's,
I have been travelling to Toronto every couple of weeks for months. My son is part of a clinical trial for the development of a drug to treat Autism Spectrum Disorders (pretty mind blowing). Anyhow, we always stay with my cousin in Brampton. I have been popping into the Big Al's there and it's pretty impressive. They seem to bring in a lot more of the harder to find fish (adult black chus, adult pandas, very large calico chus, chocolate teles). I was in a few weeks ago and freaked out. Very (very) rarely do I ever see a fish I am instantly drawn to. There was a tank that had a bunch of panda telescopes. They were in rough shape. A couple were covered in Ich. I was bummed. Then I saw him. A gorgeous white fantail (I think lol). He was in the corner at the back of the tank.
I took a close look and he looked amazingly healthy. Beautiful fins, dorsal standing straight up, happy floating an inch off the bottom, no gasping. I immediately told a staff member about the Ich. She slapped the "sick fish" sign on the tank right away. I asked her how long the white guy had been in there. She said he just came in a couple hours before I did.
Being the nosey parker I am, I recommended that she get him out of that tank before he got sick too. She actually did AND did a salt dip before he went into the clean tank. My body left the store, but my heart did not:) Right before leaving for Ottawa, my amazingly awesome husband, without saying a word, pulled into the Big Al's and handed me a bucket (I keep one in my trunk, hey, you never know). I popped in to ask if she'd even sell him to me being from the sick tank. She checked him out for any signs of Ich and after seeing zippo, agreed.
We made the long trip back. Avoided potholes, turned corners in slow mo. Got him home and eventually into qt. He has been treated for flukes and shown zero sign of illness. Yesterday, he went into a 40 gallon with my little panda telescope who has been all alone in there. Named him Zombie. Zombie seems to be at least partially blind. Unless food smacks him in the face, he has no clue it's there. Quite a good tank mate for my tele. lol
I am trying to decide if he is a true albino. Totally white with red eyes. But the red eyes look black at certain angles. I leaned in close to look...and to my shock and amazement, I don't think Zombie has eyes. It looks like you are looking into his head...and possibly out the other eye at certain angles. It's like the clear orb protective part is there, but then it's just a flap of skin with a circle in the middle. I posted a video to Youtube. I, AGAIN, took a vertical video. Sorry about that. It does give you a decent look...into his soul. lol
So Guys, is he a true albino? Is he missing eyeballs?
I had to feed him to keep him in one spot. lol