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I'm starting this thread to record my experience with Altums, tank set up as well as feeding. I am also putting out the invitation to any other members who keep Altums to join in and contribute their experience and set ups.

As you know - on-line information is relatively scarce for Altum's so if we can learn from each other's experiences (good and bad) that would be great.

Here are a few pics. In my next post I will go into tank setup with more detail.

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hi, I have kept Altums for years, and a few different batches.
the latest group is from Charles and he imported them in feb this year.
bought a group of 12 and lost three.
the rest of them have been doing great
 

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I'm starting this thread to record my experience with Altums, tank set up as well as feeding. I am also putting out the invitation to any other members who keep Altums to join in and contribute their experience and set ups.

As you know - on-line information is relatively scarce for Altum's so if we can learn from each other's experiences (good and bad) that would be great.

Here are a few pics. In my next post I will go into tank setup with more detail.
Looks like a nice tank, excited to see more details. Beautiful discus in there, as well.
 

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hi, I have kept Altums for years, and a few different batches.
the latest group is from Charles and he imported them in feb this year.
bought a group of 12 and lost three.
the rest of them have been doing great
Great to hear - do you have any pics to share?
What is your tank set-up?
 

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You asked me before if I had pictures of my altum, so here's a video 🙂
 

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Background:

Late last year I bought a single remaining Altum and added it to a new discus tank. He (she?) quickly took to feeding off frozen brineshrimp and bloodworm and at 1 year age he is now about 10” tall

I initially kept the recently acquired 3 Altums (approximately 3.5” to 4” tall) in a separate section of the main tank where they quickly adapted to a diet of freeze dried black worm and frozen bloodworms. After 2 weeks I removed the section, anticipating aggression I kept a close eye on the big guy, however everyone settled down without a fuss.

Tank set-up is as follows:
210g tank
Temperature 27-28
Ph about 6
Water change 30% twice weekly
2 x fx6 filters
1x sponge filter

My approach is to understock the tank and provide high volume turnover for filtration which allows for less frequent water changes

Stock levels
3 x 5” discus
1 x 10” Altum
3 x 3.5-4” Altum
2 x 4” ghost knife fish
7 corydora cats
1 clown plecostamus
4x dwarf neon rainbows

Hope this is useful for others planning to setup
 

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Great looking specimens

What size tank are they in?



sorry for taking so long.
the video was taken 6 months ago and they are now bigger
 

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Took delivery of 10 more Altums today to complete the collection. Currently in quarantine tank. They arrived looking healthy other than a few ragged fins. Will be holding my breathe for the next few days to see whether any issues present.

Fingers crossed
 

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Took delivery of 10 more Altums today to complete the collection. Currently in quarantine tank. They arrived looking healthy other than a few ragged fins. Will be holding my breathe for the next few days to see whether any issues present.

Fingers crossed
Sweet. Where did you get these from?
 

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Hows your altums doing?
Tank has settled now. Had a bad case of finrot shortly after arriving - very difficult to treat and lost a few fish as a result. The remaining 6 are great and growing really quickly.

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Thats good things settled. I found that using API aquarium salt helped keep mine alive. Nice home they live in, lots of swimming space.
 
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