Albinos occur in nature, but it is a recessive gene I believe. All that has to happen is that a couple of recessive genes make the cut and blammo, you've got an albino.
My friend's mom breeds cats, and one of her males must have an albino gene, because in a few litters of kittens from that cat, she gets an albino every once in a while.
If she took those albinos and bred them, she would have a much higher chance of breeding albinos as well.
Keep in mind, it's possible for albinos to breed regular offspring as well. I had a spawn of my albino red-top zebras, and out of 17 fry, 2 were not albinos. They were regular blue with a orange/yellow top fin and edge of their tail as they got older.