Panda Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare - variant), USA Bred
Welcome to the world of aquatic elegance, where the Panda Angelfish reigns supreme. With its captivating panda-like coloration and graceful demeanor, this remarkable angelfish variation is the ultimate centerpiece for your aquatic masterpiece.
The Panda Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare), is an beautiful variant that naturally displays a gold coloration. 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 Panda Angelfish is indigenous to several river systems in Northern South America, but virtually all specimens in the aquarium hobby have been tank-raised for generations.
The Panda 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 Panda 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 Panda 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 Panda 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.
What We Like About This Fish:
Panda-Like Appearance: The defining feature of the Panda Angelfish is its striking black-and-white coloration. With a predominantly white body adorned by bold black markings, these angelfish exhibit a captivating contrast that is reminiscent of the giant panda's iconic appearance.
Majestic Size: Panda Angelfish grow to an impressive size, typically reaching up to 6 inches (15 cm) in length. Their stately presence and graceful swimming movements make them a captivating centerpiece in larger aquariums.
Peaceful Temperament: Known for their calm and peaceful disposition, Panda Angelfish are excellent choices for community aquariums. They coexist harmoniously with a variety of tankmates, adding a sense of tranquility to your aquatic environment.
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 76° - 86° F (24° - 30° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 7.6
- 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: Fuel your Panda Angelfish's color vibrancy with a well-rounded diet. Offer them a variety of high-quality foods, including pellets, flakes, frozen foods, and occasional live treats. This diverse menu not only contributes to their overall health but also accentuates the vividness of their striking markings.
- Social behavior: Panda Angelfish are inherently sociable, making them great candidates for community aquariums. Their peaceful nature allows them to coexist harmoniously with a variety of tankmates. However, ensure their compatibility by selecting tankmates with similar water parameter preferences and peaceful dispositions. To maintain a harmonious aquatic atmosphere, avoid introducing aggressive species. Consider companions such as Neon Tetras, Corydoras Catfish, Dwarf Gouramis, Swordtails, and Mollies, as they share the calm and sociable traits that make them ideal choices for a community tank with Panda Angelfish.
- Origin: Tank-raised, but indigenous to Northern South America
- Average adult size: 6 inches (15 cm) long, 8 inches (20 cm) tall
- Average purchase size: 2 - 2.5 inches (5.1 - 6.4 cm)