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Rare Albino Catfish Making Stir at Hotel

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SALEM, Oregon -- A rare fish is making some big waves at a hotel in Salem, Oregon. The one-in-a-million albino channel catfish is now housed in a 300-gallon aquarium at the Salem Inn.

The owner, Bill Hammond, bought the fish for nine dollars from a Salem-area pet store. Hammond was told the fish was caught in the Columbia River at the Bonneville Dam.

The two-and-a-half-year-old fish, named Whiskers, is estimated to be worth six- to seven-thousand dollars. In a few more years, Whiskers will be donated to its new home at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport.

Hammond says people from all over Oregon -- and from as far away as Germany and Australia -- have come to stay at the hotel just to see the rare white fish with pink eyes.

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You can buy an albino channel catfish in any pet shop for 10 bucks. They are bred for the aquarium trade.
   comment# 1   - Dr. Cyprinid · USA · Jan 31, 2007 @ 5:15pm

If that's the case I have a fortune at home. I have two of these not so rare catfish. They are sold by the thousands in the aquarium trade every year.
   comment# 2   - clifford · great falls, montana, USA · Apr 21, 2007 @ 12:32am

My good friend I know has a 15 to 17 pound albino in his 3 acre pound.
   comment# 3   - corey · kansas, somewhere · Apr 23, 2007 @ 9:38am

I agree with everyone above. I have three. So does that make me rich? I know a guy that has a 3 year old specimen that is over 3' long and weighs close to 40 lbs. His must be worth a million lol. I bought two of mine for $5 a piece and the other was free from a friend that could no longer
   comment# 4   - cliff · great falls, montana · Jun 28, 2007 @ 6:44am

the albino catfish gets dumbed in rivers by pet owners when they move are can take care of the fish any more this albino catfich you guys catch are pet fish that get put or dumped in rivers or lakes and so this albino cat fish sell for 6 bucks at pet stores it not a rare fish its a pet fish in why you guys are catching them so big is cuz there just getting dumped in to a big body of water the bigger the water space the igger they will grow the smaller the tank the smaller they grow
   comment# 5   - john · usa · Oct 20, 2007 @ 11:51am

Albino cat fish are hard to keep healthy but they can be a good companion for lonely people. (you just can't pet them or they'll bite your hand of)
   comment# 6   - Brianna · can't tell · Sep 25, 2008 @ 8:51am

I had one that was 14 inches long and three black one 10 inches long had them 8 years. I had them trained to eat hotdogs off a fork. / They have just passed away i will get more . greta fish
   comment# 7   - tonda · cincinnati · Feb 10, 2009 @ 11:54am
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