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Orinoco Altums

Orinoco Altums have uniquely elongated and laterally compressed bodies. Their body dominant color is silver with three dark vertical stripes. Some specimens will also show light red striations on their fins. The characteristic of Orinoco Altums is the indentation on the face above the nares (nostrils). Orinoco Altums can be purchased in one size (subject to availability):

  • Medium (3" - 4")

Care & Maintenance

Altums are cichlids and belong to the genius Pterophylum and the family Cichlidae which is comprised of many fish species. They are found in the Orinoco River basin in Venezuela as well as in the upper Rio Negro and its associated tributaries in northern Brazil. In nature, these fish inhabit slow-moving swamps and flooded forests where there is an abundance of aquatic vegetation, tree roots, and branches. They are social fish and should be kept in groups of at least six individuals. They can be kept in a wide range of aquarium conditions as long as they are provided with clean water, stable conditions, and a proper diet.

Max Size:   10 inches
Water:   78 - 84 F; pH 6.0 - 7.5
Difficulty:   Moderate
Living Zone:   Bottom/Middle
Temperament:   Peaceful and Social

Altums are highly sought-after species. They have a majestic appearance and exhibit interesting behavior, particularly during spawning. A large group of Altums in your aquarium is sure to look spectacular. In aquariums, they will readily accept a variety of foods, including flakes, freeze-dried and frozen foods.

Altums fish can be kept with many other peaceful fishes, including discus, tetras, dwarf cichlids, corydoras catfish, plecos, and many other. They will also appreciate the presence of plants and driftwood in their aquarium which will make them feel safe and allow them to display their natural behavior.

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