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The plants in the river

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Altum angelfish

Altum angelfish

Flame-back Bleeding Heart Tetra

Flame-back Bleeding Heart Tetra

Bleeding heart tetra

Bleeding heart tetra

Burgess' Cory

Burgess' Cory

Sterba´s Cory

Sterba´s Cory

Giant peruvian marbled whiptail

Giant peruvian marbled whiptail

Giant Whiptail Catfish

Giant Whiptail Catfish

Spoon face whiptail

Spoon face whiptail

South American river flounder

South American river flounder

Argentine humphead

Argentine humphead

Argentine humphead

Argentine humphead

Spotted algae eater

Spotted algae eater

Silver flying fox

Silver flying fox

Colombian Blue Eyed Pleco

Colombian Blue Eyed Pleco

Altum angelfish

Altum angelfish

Facts

LatinPterophyllum altum
Size18 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans and insects
HabitatRivers
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationVenezuela and Colombia in the Amazon basin
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Stripes that conceal

With its vertical stripes and long fins, the angelfish blends in well among the reeds and aquatic plants it swims between. This makes it difficult to spot.

Threats and violence

The angelfish thrives in small groups. The male defends its territory. It stretches out its fins to look bigger while also making sounds. If that doesn't do the trick, the angelfish goes on the attack and bites its opponent.

Talking angelfish

The angelfish makes sounds by rubbing its head bones together.

A leaf for life

In order for the angelfish to breed, it requires a large plant leaf. The female cleans the leaf thoroughly and then deposits her eggs on it, about 500 of them. The eggs hatch about 3 days later. The angelfish is a fierce defender of its eggs and its offspring.


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