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Zoological Nomenclature: Pterophyllum altum
Size: up to 6″ in aquarium
Swimming Level: Mid to top
Optimal Aquarium Setup: Since Altums are a tall fish, aim for something of at least 18″ or even 30″ tall. Furnish your tank with pieces of bogwood as well as plenty of plants, as these are usually left alone. Altums mix well with most placid Amazonian fishes, including Discus and small tetras, although they may look upon very small fishes as potential snacks
pH: 4.8 – 6.5
kH: 1 -5
Altums prefer a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Altum Angel needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables and meaty foods. Feed them a quality flake food as well as live and frozen foods, such as brine shrimp and bloodworms. Origin/Appearance and additional notes: This species is native to South America, namely the Rio Orinoco. There are many similar species of angels and this is simply a hybrid. Because of the mutation, you may get some offspring that throw pink eyes true to the albino trait or some with black eyes. Black eyed Albino or White Altums can still produce pink-eyed offspring. Could take decades of special breeding to completely eliminate the black trait but there would be a risk of too much inbreeding. This is a better route to breed with, to eliminate issues down the road to introduce other strains of altums to bring in new blood.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1.5″ to 2″