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post #1 of 3 Old 04-12-2012, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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is this fish easy to keep?

i love fish very much and I wanna keep some freshwater fish, such as Pterophyllum altum
But im very busy at my work, can i take care of them with a few time? and is this kind fish easy to feed? tks very much
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-13-2012, 01:58 AM
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Altums need pristine water quality, need a specific and narrow range of water parameters, need live foods (at least initially), need very large tanks, and need specific aquascaping and lighting. The list goes on. All Altums are wild-caught, and are much more demanding than other species of domestically bred fish.

So NO, they are far from easy to care for.

You can read more here: Pterophyllum Altum

There are many other fish that are much easier to take care of. If you can list your water parameters (pH, hardness, etc), tank size, equipment, etc we can suggest some fish that are beautiful but much easier to care for.
We can also recommend reading on how to cycle your tank BEFORE you get fish, how to set up a tank, plant care, what to buy, etc. This forum is a great resource! Welcome!

"My dither fish need dither fish!"

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post #3 of 3 Old 04-14-2012, 09:25 PM
This fish is for more experienced aquarium keepers or for those willing to devote the time to the tedium of keeping one. They are not bred in captivity; they are wild caught. This means they are taken from their natural homes to be placed in your care. Unless you are willing to ensure they are perfectly taken care of, look into hardier and more forgiving fish.
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