“Red Head” Manacapuru Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare)


A beautiful and sought after wild type freshwater angel, the Manacapuru Red Head or Red Back Angel is found in the slow moving acidic waters close to where the Rio Negro meets the Amazon in Brazil. The Angels found in this specific locality display vivid red coloration in their face and extending up towards the dorsal fin. This coloration develops more intensely with age and will show best when kept under ideal water parameters, especially in terms of temperature (80F+) and soft, acidic water (pH 6 – 6.5). Like all other freshwater angels, they are best kept in groups when young but will form pairs as adults.




Manacapuru Angel (Pterophyllum scalare)

Origin: Aquacultured Taiwan
Diet: Invertebrates, insects, frozen & prepared feeds
Adult Size: 6″
Recommended Tank Size: 90 gallons
Compatibility: A relatively peaceful cichlid, they can be aggressive toward conspecifics and will eat very small fish as adults

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.0
Temp:                     78-84F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm