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Edmund 02-26-2013 09:37 PM

Is this an altum??
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I rec'd 12 of these today from Somethingsphishy; I purchased them as altums, the owner insists that they are but they sure don't look like altums to me. Your input is appreciated -perhaps I can convince Keith (the owner) that the 'altums' he sold me aren't altums

djembekah 02-26-2013 09:56 PM

peruvian altums: not true altums, but very similar looking scalares, 99% positive

this little graphic shows how true altums' mouths differ from scalares.

Tolak 02-26-2013 10:24 PM

Yea, somethings phishy all right, totally different fish from what is pictured on the site. Not a bad looking angel at all, I've always liked silvers with a bit of rust color to the crown, but it's not an altum.

Byron 03-02-2013 07:10 PM

I agree. To give the benefit of doubt to the dealer, the common name "Peruvian Altum" may be the confusion. This is, as was mentioned earlier, just a variant of the P. scalare species, not P. altum.

I do wish common names would fall into non-use.;-)

You might find more info in our profiles, as both species are included with photos. Knowing the oprigin of the so-called "altums" might help to convince the dealer, since the true altum is wild caught and has a specific range as given in the profile.


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