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Sven´s Eartheater

Sven´s Eartheater

Black Shovelnose Catfish

Black Shovelnose Catfish

Honeycomb Pleco

Honeycomb Pleco

Altum angelfish

Altum angelfish

Tropical gar

Tropical gar

Equator hero cichlid

Equator hero cichlid

Burgess' Cory

Burgess' Cory

Sterba´s Cory

Sterba´s Cory

Horsemans Cory

Horsemans Cory

Spotted algae eater

Spotted algae eater

Spoon face whiptail

Spoon face whiptail

Giant peruvian marbled whiptail

Giant peruvian marbled whiptail

Giant Whiptail Catfish

Giant Whiptail Catfish

Snowball Pleco

Snowball Pleco

Flying fox

Flying fox

Black Dotted Woodcat

Black Dotted Woodcat

Slimy Flat catfish

Slimy Flat catfish

Colombian Blue Eyed Pleco

Colombian Blue Eyed Pleco

Redfin rubbernose

Redfin rubbernose

Redfin rubbernose

Redfin rubbernose

Red Fin Thresher Pleco

Red Fin Thresher Pleco

South American river flounder

South American river flounder

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.


California kingsnake

River pool

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi