It tainted the water a beautiful color and lowered the PH. 386.295-8834 cel, LOOKING FOR ABA ABA if any one knows any store or person that has any size I'd be interested as they ship very easily because they breath fresh air, and are pretty hardy. Also many wonderful wild discus too. 88-90F. Regards, Looking for Aba Aba any size willing to pay a reasonable fee for one or two, I am very familiar with these guys and have the tank space, As they come from a natural environment with soft, well-oxygenated water, peat-filtered water is recommended. Friday Photospread - Artificial Incubation of Freshwater Angelfish Eggs, Part 1, WARNING: Bloodworm Allergies Are Real for Some Fishkeepers, AMAZONAS Videos: Bettas in the Wild - What They Tell Us About Minimum Tank Sizes for Bettas, Unboxed and Reviewed - Deep Blue Professional Betta Aquariums, The Passing of Aquascaping Legend Takashi Amano. I’ll also add that many online sources suggest that receiving wild Altum Angelfish requires a lot of water chemistry modification with acids to produce extremely low pH ranges. For information about freshwater fish diseases and illnesses, see Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments. Keep in mind that altums are sensitive to temperature fluctuations, and do not share the adaptability to such changes of their cousin, P. scalare. If you are willing to meet the requirements of the altum, however, the challenge can be very rewarding. For instance, the pH level should be kept between 6.5 and 6.9. Wild Pterophyllum Altum Angelfish. So, without any further ado, let’s talk about the most common angelfish type: The Zebra angelfish is the first we’re talking about. Not too often will we offer these Angels for sale. True Orinoco Altums are usually only available in aquarium shops from late summer until early winter due to the fact that their native river system's water level is only low enough to allow for successful fishing from July to October.[3]. Changing 50 percent of the water and raising the temperature to 88 degrees Fahrenheit for three days helps break the strike. The parasites usually do not cause any harm to the fish and are not readily passed on to other fish. In the long run, all of my Altums made the transition to flake and pellet feeds as staple diets. Fish information on the Lake Malawi Cichlids known as the "Haps", Haplochromis group habitats and cichlids tanks for free-swimming types of cichlids, including the Utaka. Discus origins sells true altums as well as red Santa Isabella “altums” which are actually rarer and perhaps prettier. These omnivores feed on smaller fish and invertebrates and eat other food particles in the water. You might get lucky and find an aquarium shop stocking them locally, but that’s exceedingly rare. My first “wild altums” arrived mostly like this! Just like the Zebra, the Marble likes to live in warm water environments. The Zebra grows up to 10 inches long, if cared for properly. It has a white or greyish look, without any other shapes or models on its body. Pterophyllum altum, also referred to as the altum angelfish, deep angelfish, or Orinoco angelfish, occurs strictly in the Orinoco River Basin and the Upper Rio Negro watershed in Southern Venezuela, Southeastern Colombia and extreme Northern Brazil.. Be sure to read Mike Tuccinardi’s Altum Origins: the Supply Chain of Wild Altum Angels for some additional insights that might help you be more successful when purchasing wild Altums. If you choose to buy some of these fishes, you’ll need a proper aquarium. So now I’ll turn this over to our readers. Fish information on the Mbuna Cichlids, habitats, and cichlids tanks for these rock-dwelling types of cichlids. Another look at the hidden beauty of the Rio Atabapo form of the Altum Angelfish. Marble Angelfish. Hybrids are also being developed by cross-breeding the P. altum with P. scalare. Their native rivers provide them with year round stable warm water conditions which include: warm water 80 to 84 °, clean and clear water, acidic water with pH around 5 and plenty of dissolved oxygen in the water. They are reportedly a more peaceful fish than other angelfish species, but being in the cichlid family, smaller fish may not do well with them. There is a fair amount of seasonality in the availability of wild Altum Angelfish due to annual scheduled fishery closures in their native countries; I tend to think of “Altum Season” as mid-summer going into late fall (learn more about the journey wild Altums make from the Orinoco to your aquarium in AMAZONAS Sr. Editor Mike Tuccinardi’s companion article, Altum Origins: the Supply Chain of Wild Altum Angels). It has a little bit of both. Availability Issues with Pterophyllum altum. As a group freshwater Angelfish are territorial and will squabble with one another until a dominant male is established. Nasal Notch resembling an Altum Angelfish. This species is recommended for intermediate to advanced aquarists due to the detailed maintenance it requires for proper health. The male and female will differ in appearance. In particular, avoid copper sulfate, trichlorofon and oxytetracycline whenever possible. It is important to house Altum Angels with other fish species that are large enough to not be eaten. I bought a separate Canister filter and stuffed it with the peat moss. A copper test also can be used to keep the proper levels. As with most fish, Angelfish are prone to skin flukes and other parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc. The one exception would be catfish of the genus Corydoras, which make good aquarium companions for altums. Happy Fishkeeping!!! I just sold all my Altums to a guy in Toronto and I have stacked my tanks in my garage until Jan 2017. Hybrids are being developed by cross-breeding the P. altum with P. scalare. Hmm! Quite a few years ago there was a great article about it, I believe in Aquatic Gardeners magazine. They also like hardy plants placed around the inside perimeter, keeping an open area in the center for swimming. Fish information and habitats for large Cichlid aquariums, types of cichlids like the Parrot Cichlid, Firemouth cichlid, Green Terror, Oscar, Texas Cichlid and more. They are moderately expensive and more costly than the common Angelfish. This allows the fish to clear their digestive systems. Every once in a while we receive an inquiry from a reader simply asking “where can I find X?” This recent inquiry definitely piqued my interest: AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 2, Issue Number 1 – Angels Rising. They aren’t rare but more difficult to acclimatize to our pH of 8.2-8.4 but there are a few tricks involved! And the temperature, must be 76 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. I think in couple of years, most of fish population will be missing from this river. Because of their care and maintenance requirements, altums do not make the best community fish.