Altum Angel (Pterophyllum altum)


The most sought after of all the freshwater angels, the Altum or High Back Angel comes from the acidic blackwater reaches of the Rio Orinoco in Colombia and Venezuela. These beautiful but delicate fish require warm, soft water and excellent water quality to thrive. Best kept in groups of 5 or more, the Altum Angel is an unmistakable show fish ideal for a large display aquarium. Our Altum Angels are imported directly and conditioned carefully in neutral pH, slightly soft water before being shipped, allowing us to offer only robust, healthy, well-acclimated fish to our customers.


Altum Angel (Pterophyllum altum)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Orinoco
Diet: Invertebrates, insects, frozen & prepared feeds
Adult Size: 6″ (up to 12″+ in height)
Recommended Tank Size: 90 gallons+
Compatibility: Generally peaceful, but can be aggressive toward conspecifics and may eat small fish

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          5.5 – 7.0
Temp:                     78-84F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Shipping Note: Due to size, the need for extra packing, and space requirements, certain sizes are not eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping larger via air cargo when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for additional shipping info.