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post #11 of 11 Old 01-04-2012, 04:52 PM
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Wild angelfish and commercial (usually tank-raised) angelfish are different in their needs as zof has mentioned. This is noted in our profile of Pterophyllum scalare [click the shaded name for the profile]. Water hardness, corresponding pH and temperature are involved.

Some fish follow this pattern, the common Blue Ram is another that comes to mind. Then there are those that do not do well regardless.

And zof is also correct in that most angels seen in stores will be commercially raised. You would need to find a direct importer for wild angelfish. I am fortunate here in Vancouver to have a couple of resident importers who manage to bring in wild Pterophyllum altum angels in season, and sometimes P. scalare. The wild fish are remarkable.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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