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After wanting these for a very long time, picked up a small group of wild Altum Angels from Wetspot.
All came healthy and vibrant.

The fins are a little bit beat up ( typical of wild imports), but no worries... some daily water changes, Vitamins, good food- will be as good as new.


Still acclimating.
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Following this thread with great anticipation! Congrats!!!


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Thank you, Im a bit giddy right now. I get way too excited about fish.
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60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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Thank you, Im a bit giddy right now. I get way too excited about fish.
I think we all do or we wouldn't be spending outsize time and money on them!

I like in Camas WA, make it down to the Wet Spot at least once a week for a real or justified reason. They are remodeling and going to replace the floors there - I can't imagine a worse remodeling task. How do you vacate floor space of hundreds of aquariums?

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I think we all do or we wouldn't be spending outsize time and money on them!

I like in Camas WA, make it down to the Wet Spot at least once a week for a real or justified reason. They are remodeling and going to replace the floors there - I can't imagine a worse remodeling task. How do you vacate floor space of hundreds of aquariums?

Looking forward to more pictures.

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Oh geez... If I were close to The Wetspot I would be in very big trouble.

You are lucky to have such a quality aquarium store to go to.
And, welcome to the forum! (waves)
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60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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Congrats on catching the Angel Bug, no known cure. A 240g might help to allivate the symptoms.
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Congrats on catching the Angel Bug, no known cure. A 240g might help to allivate the symptoms.
Lol! Yes, it would.

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60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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Beautiful!!!
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I hope you keep posting pics, I look forward to seeing them grow! Would love to see them sometime (I'm just down the road from you)
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I hope you keep posting pics, I look forward to seeing them grow! Would love to see them sometime (I'm just down the road from you)
I would be happy to show them to you!


All are eating flake at top of water this morning and roaming around the tank together. They are very spunky, picking at each other, chasing each other, kind of curious at everything that is in the tank.

This is a smart or at least very aware fish. I am entirely fascinated by their behaviors.
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60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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Here is a very rough video- sorry, the quality is not great.
I would say around the body, they are about 2.5 inches.



180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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Wow, they seem pretty bold! They don't appear shy like most other WCs at first
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Wow, they seem pretty bold! They don't appear shy like most other WCs at first
I agree, I have a lot of wild caught fish (cichlids and characins) and these guys are so much more robust right out of the bag.

I had done a lot of reading and study before getting them and across the board there is the warnings that Altums are very difficult to acclimate. But, I got them from the Wetspot and was told they had held onto them awhile to get them prepared to eat flake and to ensure they were healthy. I think they did an excellent job in doing so.
I have never had Angels of any kind so I was not prepared for the robustness, activity, and curious nature that they have. It has been a wonderful surprise.
I have raised discus for about 17 years-- a much milder, slow, and passive fish. Although, they too can be aggressive among con-specifics.

I also have, as far as cichlids are concerned, wild geophagus, Bolivian Rams, biotodoma cupidos and wavirini- all were much more difficult to get settled down into the aquarium.
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30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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Wow, beautiful fish! I never thought about angles being wild caught, not sure why, but i just learned something.

I acquired my hatchets and chain loaches from Wet Spot, perfect condition, no problems nor loss of fish either, plus great customer service. Thank goodness they're a couple of hundred miles north, otherwise I'd be broke!!
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Wow, beautiful fish! I never thought about angles being wild caught, not sure why, but i just learned something.

I acquired my hatchets and chain loaches from Wet Spot, perfect condition, no problems nor loss of fish either, plus great customer service. Thank goodness they're a couple of hundred miles north, otherwise I'd be broke!!
I know Ken,that couple hundred miles is a "good thing" ( as Martha would say ), especially when you have a spouse that doesn't see how fish can inspire such interest in anyone. Poor guy, he had no idea what he was getting himself into marrying a life-time fishkeeper
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60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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