Angelfish comprise the genus Pterophyllum, a small group of freshwater cichlids endemic to tributaries of the Amazon River system in South America. The Green Pinoy is a selectively bred variant of the Silver Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) developed by specialty aquarists in the Philippines. Its metallic green-blue sheen provides a dazzling contrast against the crimson eye coloration.
Introducing the Green Pinoy Angelfish
- Origin: Selectively bred color variant of the Silver Angelfish developed in the Philippines
- Size: Up to 6 inches tall
- Lifespan: 10-15 years
- Temperament: Peaceful community fish, territorial when breeding
- Appearance: Brilliant greenish-blue metallic body with red eyes
- Price Range: $30-$75 depending on age and quality
Habitat & Tank Conditions
- Natural Habitat: Tributaries of the Amazon River
- Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
- Water Parameters: 76-82°F; pH 6.5-7.2; soft (<10 dGH)
- Tank Setup: Subdued lighting, plants, driftwood, smooth gravel
- Diet: Flake mixes supplemented with meaty foods like bloodworms
- Feeding Habits: Midwater column feeder that is eager at feeding times
- Foods: High quality angelfish pellets/flakes, frozen bloodworms
Breeding & Raising Fry
- Reproduction Method: External egg scatterers forming monogamous pairs
- Breeding Conditions: Soften water, raise temp, add vertical spawning slate
- Spawning Process: Parents guard eggs until wrigglers hatch out after 48 hours, becoming free swimming a few days later. Start feeding infusoria and powdered preparations.
Susceptible to typical parasitic, bacterial and fungal disorders if water quality declines. Aggression possible between paired spawners. Perform regular testing and partial water changes. Quarantine new additions. Utilize medications only when necessary.
- Compatibility: Appropriate for community tanks with similarly-sized long fin species
- Special Care: Requires clean, warm, slightly acidic water. Not a beginner’s fish.
- Legalities: None
Small, peaceful tetras, Corydoras catfish, pencilfish, hatchetfish, dwarf gouramis, rasboras
Identifying Sex Differences
Males develop pointed dorsal, anal, and ventral fins. Females grow shorter fins and exhibit breeding tubes when gravid.
How many Green pinoy angelfish species exist?
The Green Pinoy is a single color variant selectively bred from the Silver Angelfish over generations.
How to feed Green pinoy angelfish for brighter color?
Spirulina-enriched feeds plus staples like brine shrimp enhance green hues.
How big do Green pinoy angelfish grow on average?
Properly fed fish can reach about 6 inches tall in home aquarium setups.
How fast do Green pinoy angelfish grow?
Rapid juvenile growth can achieve an inch per month. Slowing occurs closer to maturity after the first 6-10 months.
How long do Green pinoy angelfish live?
Average reported lifespan is 10-15 years in home aquariums. Some may exceed 20 years.
How to care for Green pinoy angelfish?
Perform 25% weekly water changes in planted 29+ gallon tanks, feed color-enhancing prepared and frozen foods, maintain water parameters between 76-82°F, pH 6.5-7.2.
Best food products for Green pinoy angelfish?
Recommended brands include Hikari Bio-Pure frozen food mixes, Cobalt Aquatics color flakes, live blackworms.
Are Green pinoy angelfish good pets?
Yes but they require more advanced care than traditional silver forms. Their beauty and breeding behaviors make them rewarding.
Why do Green pinoy angelfish die prematurely?
Causes include aggression between mates, water parameter extremes, nutritional issues leading to organ failure, or introduction of pathogens.
Are Green pinoy angelfish aggressive fish?
Generally peaceful community tank members. Territorial aggression arises between mated pairs, especially when spawning.
Do Green pinoy angelfish kill other fish?
Direct killing is uncommon but small, shy tankmates may be driven from breeding sites to their demise. Monitor behaviors.
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