The Red Shoulder Manacapuru Angelfish is an exceptional geographic variant that is known for the bold red-orange coloration that it develops from its forehead to its dorsal fin!
The Red Shoulder Manacapuru Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) is an uncommon geographic variant of the classic angelfish. It is distinctive by the red-orange coloration that it develops from its forehead to its dorsal fin. This shoaling cichlid is relatively peaceful compared to other members of the cichlid family. It also has a very thin, tall body unlike most other cichlids. The Red Shoulder Manacapuru is indigenous to Rio Manacapuru in Northwestern Brazil.
The Red Shoulder Manacapuru Angelfish will thrive in a heavily planted aquarium with driftwood and/or rock formations and gentle water flow. It is not overly reclusive, but this fish strongly prefers the cover of plants and, due to its body shape, is not likely to seek refuge in rock caves and similar structures. The Red Shoulder Manacapuru Angelfish is generally compatible with other peaceful fish as long as it has plenty of space. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Red Shoulder Manacapuru Angelfish, but more durable, larger shrimp and snails could possibly make good tankmates in a large enough aquarium. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether unless the aquarium is very spacious.
Feeding is simple for the unfussy Red Shoulder Manacapuru Angelfish. High-quality dry, frozen, and live foods will all be readily accepted. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration.
We are currently offering juvenile and subadult specimens of this magnificent angelfish variety!
What We Like About This Fish:
- Very elegant appearance and behavior
- Extra tall body shape
- Possible to breed in the aquarium
- Excellent centerpiece fish for the heavily planted aquarium
- Thrives in the planted aquarium
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 76° - 86° F (24° - 30° C)
pH: 6.0 - 7.4
KH: 0 – 15 KH
Minimum tank size: 40 gallons for a pair, but a larger tank is required for a group. The tall body shape of this fish must be considered regarding the height of its tank.
Diet: Omnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration.
Social behavior: Shoaling. Generally peaceful, but can be territorial during spawning.
Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Northern South America
Average adult size: 6 inches (15 cm) long, 8+ inches (20+ cm) tall
Average purchase size: Juvenile - 1-1.5 inches (2.5–3.8 cm), Subadult - 2-3 inches (5-7.6 cm)