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Re: Altum angels being bred?
AUS62 at aol_com wrote:
> I must apologize to the killie list, but am flabbergasted to hear this species
> of angelfish is being bred, Mr. Leong. To the best of my knowledge it has
> never been documented carefully and nothing has been reported in the
> literature about technique. Please give some details - perhaps directly to me
> rather than the killie list. Good luck with your Altum Angelfish Thanks.
> Yours, Harry Specht,
Hi, Mr Specht,
I noticed that your email was sent only to me. Since you apologised to
the killie list, I suppose you actually wanted your email to appear
there. Well, I'm sending my reply to the list so that others can see it
too. Although I'm new here and although I know this list is just for
Killiefish, I believe most of the subscribers here wouldn't mind reading
about other types of fish every now and then as long as it's not done
too often. A fish lover is a fish lover, be it Killiefish or Altum
Angels. But if I'm wrong about this, please let me know and this will
be the last time I talk about anything other than Killiefish on this
Okay, about Altums being bred in captivity, I have heard from more than
one fish importer in Singapore that this is true. But what I have also
heard is that those Altums bred in Taiwan are nowhere near the quality
of those caught in the wild. How are they different? Sorry, I really
wouldn't know because I've yet to see one that's not from the wild.
About why the breeding technique was not documented, I believe this is
something that marks the difference between fish breeders in the east
and west. Here in the east, if anyone succeeds in breeding a fish that
has never been bred in capitivity before, you can be quite sure the guy
will keep it a closely guarded secret. Last thing he would want to do
is document the breeding technique for his competitors to read. A big
bundle of money can be made if you are the first person to successfully
breed Altums, you know.
I was at a Discus show last week and someone here has also successfully
bred an all-red Discus. In case there's any doubt in your mind, let me
assure you they were really all red in colour. No vertical stripes, no
markings, just a plain red colour that was as red as blood.
Incredible!! To think that just a few years ago, people thought that an
all-blue Discus was impossible. The red Discus which also won first
prize in the show was going for S$14,000 each (that would be about
US$9,000). You see what I mean about making big money.
The only 2 things I can tell you about breeding Altums is what I heard
from rumours among fish importers here. The Taiwanese use very large
and very deep tanks. Also, the parents have to be at least 5 years
old. That's all I know, sorry I can't be of more help.
By the way, Loh is my surname. If you like to be formal, please address
me as Mr Loh. But please call me Kwek Leong or KL for short.
Loh K L