Manacapuru Red Back Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare var. manacapuru red back)

Imported European Fish

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The Manacapuru Red Back is one of the rarest color variants known; as these fish age, their backs take on a brilliant burnt red tone. They are indeed Pterohyllum scalare angelfish, so they will not reach the massive size that pureblooded Altum angelfish are known for. These specimens are the wild-form Manacapuru Angelfish, which are noted for developing extremely long fin tips. This is especially true of their ventral fins. We have very few of these fish and they will go quickly.

The scalare angelfish is one of the most heavily bred fish in the aquarium hobby, and has a lot of different color forms which have stemmed from the original silver angelfish that was brought into the hobby. This fish is fairly widespread in South America, having been collected from parts of Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Peru, and Brazil, in many river systems and drainages, as well as even in the Amazon river proper.

In the wild this fish would never experience water that is above a 6.0 ph, due to all of the leaves and branches that are found rotting in the water. Also because of those botanicals in the water, the hardness is also usually negligible, as is usually the case with water in South America. In the aquarium, these fish are very adaptable to different water parameters, being able to thrive in water that is strongly acidic, but also all the way up to about an 8 ph. They also don’t seem to mind harder water, even up to around 300 or so ppm, but do note that your eggs may not stay viable to term in a higher ph aquarium. The most important thing to remember is that they need clean water, and as with many cichlids, they make quite a bit of waste for their size so you should have a well seasoned filter. Another thing to note is that these fish are relatively big amongst the fish that we sell. Their bodies grow to be about the same size as an average adult palm, and so with fins included these fish average out to be about 6 inches long and about 8 inches tall, so make sure you have an aquarium of appropriate size for these fish.

When choosing tankmates for this fish, keep in mind that it does get a bit bigger than a lot of the other fish from our store, and if you choose any tank mates that are small enough to end up in your angelfish’s mouth, it will most likely end up inside that mouth at some point, resulting in an expensive snack. Keep this in mind when choosing other fish to keep with angelfish, and you may need to get a larger size of other fish you want in order for them to start off too big to be eaten.That being said, the angelfish are not typically aggressive to other species of fish, and they would be a good addition to a community tank. Just keep in mind that these fish are territorial, mostly to each other, so keep a close eye on your aquarium and be ready to rescue fish in the event of extreme aggression. If you are trying to breed, you will want to start off with a much larger group than you eventually want to end up with, because these fish are notoriously difficult to sex with certainty. These fish ship individually bagged. 

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    8 Reviews

  • Posted by Sal on Mar 19th 2023


    Manacapura super red

    These fish are stunning even as juveniles. Red backs are already starting to come and felt right at home within a day. Jason is very knowledgeable and was there to answer any question. Highly recommend and will definitely be back!

  • Posted by Gary T on Feb 5th 2023


    Manacapuru Red Back Angelfish

    This a beatiful quality angelfish, I would have ordered more but he is in with a tank of Altum Angels so I have no more tank space. I have been waiting for these to come in. I have ordered many fish from here, all arrived live and in great shape. Quality Fish and owner of the shop!

  • Posted by Unknown on Feb 4th 2023


    Quite pleased.

    The angels arrived on time and in great health. The shipping water was clean so I opted for a slow drip acclimation. Fed the fish pellets the next day and was pleased to see they are aggressive eaters. Size, shape, colors, and patterns are all great.

  • Posted by Martin Robertson on Oct 22nd 2022


    Manacapuru Red Back Angelfish

    Bought the large size. Absolutely beautiful. Was surprised how large they are. Took about three days to adjust to my aquarium. I would purchase again

  • Posted by Alex on Jul 11th 2022


    So far they look really good and healthy.

    So far they look really good and healthy. Can't wait for red color to show up, Thx Jason.

  • Posted by Unknown on Jun 6th 2022


    angelfish as healthy as promised

    Everything went as promised. Angelfish arrived healthy, beautiful and on time.

  • Posted by Mike Omeg on Apr 26th 2022


    Superior fish!

    Received these fish quickly in professional packaging. The fish arrived in great condition, still showing their amazing coloring. Definitely a superior line of angels. Highly recommend these fish as they are worth the price.

  • Posted by RIchard Erwin on Jul 23rd 2021


    Manicapuru Angels

    Super Nice fish. Great color and conformation. First rate shipper and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.