Manacupura Angelfish Small
Common name: Angelfish, silver angelfish
Scientific name: Pterophyllum scalare
Distribution: Amazon basin and other river systems in Peru, Colombia, Brazil, and nearby countries
Habitat: Slow-moving, weed-choked river areas and flooded forests
Temperature: 76 – 82°F
pH: 6.0 – 8.2
Adult size: 6 inches in length, 8 inches in height
Diet: Unfussy omnivore that will readily take all sorts of dried foods but will do the best when supplemented with frozen or live invertebrates
Conspecifics: Best kept singly, in an established pair (challenging because even adults are difficult to sex), or in a group of 4 or more to disperse aggression.
Tankmates: Peaceful with most community fish but may eat tankmates small enough to fit into their mouths.
Notes: Captive angelfish are very far removed from their wild counterparts, having been tank-bred extensively for nearly a century—as a result, they are tolerant of a wide range of water conditions and are very unfussy eaters. Even the barred, red-eyed “wild-type” individuals have little relation to natural populations. While captive angelfish are most similar to wild Pterophyllum scalare, they likely contain genes from other similar species due to multiple interbreeding events during their long history in the aquarium hobby.
Because angelfish grow to become quite large and tall, be sure to keep their adult size in mind when choosing an aquarium.
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