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Altum tank requirements

Discussion in 'Other Amazonian Wilds' started by davediscus, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. davediscus

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    A friend has recently offered me a Jewel260 tank and it offers the opportunity to try Altums after a long absence. The tank is 64cm high but I would like advice on whether this is suitable in the long term or whether a deeper tank is required. I do not want to commit to keeping them if I cannot provide for their long term needs.

    Many thanks
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    Tanks not big enough, you need a huge tank for altums, 30 high min,
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    Thanks Matt-that is what I suspected. Guess I will have to re-think.
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    Depends. If altums are small and need to grow, 30 minimum but if adult you would get away with 24 and it would make them look really, really tall.......bit cramped looking, but tall.
    I keep mine in 30 and they look good and "fit" the height well, better than the discus do I have to say.
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    Thanks Greg-I was planning on buying young fish to grow on although I notice a few imports of larger fish are now available. Might have to think it through and wait until I can sight a larg tank properly-I live in a 4th floor flat so weight is a problem! Alternatively I could revert to discus but woul want wilds and the price is a major factot
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    Unless things have changed since I got mine, the price between good quality altums and wild discus was pretty comparable Dave........of course finding good ones of either is like hens teeth where we both live! ;)
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    There is a lot to be said for a well planted seventy-five gallon tank with ten or twelve adult altums in it. Tank also had coydorus habrosus and cardinal tetras and was gorgeously planted. Too gorgeously I'm afraid, it had a full cabinet stand that I built myself and had matched to my livingroom furniture. A Doctor that was in the local aquarium club came by to visit one afternoon and fell in love with it instantly. He offered up six grand for the entire setup and we haggled for an hour or so bfore the mercenary in me kicked in at ten thousand. So the setup move from my house to his office, he hired a crew for the task, and the last time i saw it I already missed it.
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    Brilliant! Very funny. Enjoying all your posts Larry!
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    Thank-you. The years have taught me to go ahead and laugh with the crowd and not take myself so seriously. If you are not making mistake you are not living or not alive.
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    That sounds like a good life philosophy Larry. Will keep it in mind!
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