I never appreciated Angels until I received these Altums. These guys are intelligent- bursting with curiosity. I dont think mine are of exceptional quality- but, I wouldn't know.
I think those are lovely, and at very worst -even if they weren't ideal fish -they would still have the genes of wild altums. I'm no fish beauty judge but those look fantastic to me. I too thought that mine were much more "alert" for lack of a better word than regular angels, which practically have the personality of a big tetra -I either pace or I expect food (and I don't mean that in a bad way, angelfish lovers!). But a bigger part may be that being one of the few fry that got out of the way of so many teeth and jaws and beaks and talons... and survived. I doubt if you got a 2nd generation that it would be near as wary having followed a hand for food its entire life and rarely being spooked.
Have you known of anyone that has had a successful spawn? I haven't heard of it- but, I imagine it happens because I have seen F1's and F2's for sale over the years. It must still be challenging or there would be more Altum's available in the F1-F2 groupings.
I have personally seen an altum owner get eggs 25 years ago! Assuming that these were P altum, and I didn't know one angel from the other at the time admittedly. But I worked for a discus & angel breeder and LFS owner in Durham NC in the early 90's, and he got altums in all the time. Back then even P. scalare was cheaper wild caught and accounted for all you saw in stores, unless it was one of those black, veiltail, or solid whites that cost 7.99. But he did get what we called altums to spawn. *If* I recall correctly he had better success keeping them in hot practically RO water like discus than any other way; for whatever that is worth and it's admittedly not much. He's died since, and this is the 1000th time I've wished I could call to ask him a question. We are talking 1992 at the latest here, so if people still aren't producing them that makes me feel like we are limited in some way in the aquarium with how we are working with these fish. I'm frustrated that I can't remember if they didn't hatch or the fry crashed. But spawn, yes. I know for a fact that happens and has for a long time barring these not being true P altum. And I'm 60% sure if I didn't sell mine I had a pair about to at least pair off and lay. Obviously the eggs being fertilized is key. Are people saying the fry won't live or the fish won't spawn in captivity at all? Because I have high hopes that they will spawn in captivity in the right conditions.
Mine have taken well to flake- but there favorite is freeze-dried blackworms w/ spirulina or frozen blood-worms.
Alan fed a lot of live bloodworms, mine just loved big flakes like I could get in store use containers. I guess feed them whatever they want! So stoked to follow your journey!