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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2013, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Wild angelfish?

Hey everyone. So I bought three angelfish from petco. I love the look of wild angelfish and I found three angelfish that look like this guy. I usually buy from breeders or credible sources, ie not petco. But when I went searching at petco for feeder fish I stumbled upon these guys. Did I get lucky and buy wild angelfish from petco? All the wild caught angels around here go for 70. If they aren't wild caught,Anyone know what breed they are?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2013, 11:32 PM
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From Petco, they are not wild caught, just bred from wild ones several generations back, and they are the natural color.
Pterophyllum scalare is the species that is most commonly available.

Make sure you quarantine them! Fish from these sorts of places are highly likely to carry disease and parasites. They are almost always on a common filter with all the other tanks in the store, so if even one fish in the entire store is carrying something they have all been exposed to it.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2013, 11:33 PM
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That looks like a wild-type, but I'm not sure whether it's wild or not. Best way to tell will be if they're super predatory and more aggressive when breeding than other angels. And wild angels always have red eyes as adults.

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looks like a zebra to me
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2013, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info! Im still glad I bought them lol. I'm currently medicating the entire tank since some tetras i recently bought had it and my quarantine tank filter is broken.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-20-2013, 01:23 AM
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I see nothing that would say "wild caught " to me. But then what would a true fifth gen fish look like that would be different than wild? I would really have to question how a wild caught fish would wind up in a tank at Petco without one of the employees taking it home?
Just doesn't seem natural for that to happen.
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