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Pinoy Blue Angels (Zebra)

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Blue Pinoy Zebra Angelfish for sale (Pterophyllum Scalare)


The Blue Pinoy Zebra Angelfish is a petite and unique shoaling fish. This blue variety of the classic long finned angelfish has become very in-demand recently among those who like to collect Angelfish variants. Juveniles often do not display their coloration until they grow up more – which makes for an even sweeter surprise when you observe a Blue Pinoy developing into adulthood!




Care Level: Easy

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Minimum Tank Size: 160 Litres

Water Conditions: 24-28°C, KH 1-5, pH 5.8-7.0

Diet: Omnivore

Max. Size: 13cm

Color Form: Black, White, Blue, Green

Origin: Amazon, South America

Family: Cichlidae




The Blue Pinoy Zebra Freshwater Angelfish is indigenous to several river systems in Northern South America. It can be found as far south as the Rio Negro, but most were bred in captivity and cannot survive outside of a tank environment. The Blue Pinoy zebra angelfish have been part of many aquarists’ tanks for years now due to their vibrant colors and interesting personalities. Native only along rivers that span northern parts of Columbia & Venezuela, although it’s possible to find them down near Brazil too!


Tank & Tankmates


The Blue Pinoy Zebra Angelfish is happiest when it finds itself surrounded by other fish and plants. The best environment for this species includes a heavily planted aquarium with driftwood or rock formations where there’s gentle water flow. Still, they will also thrive in an average home tank that has ample hiding places.

This aquarium fish can be compatible with other peaceful fish, but only if they have plenty of space. Unfortunately, the territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning, if you have them all your dwarf shrimp and small invertebrates are picked off in the tank at this time unless it’s very spacious.

Some recommended tank mates include Corydoras Catfish, Tetras, Danios, Rainbowfish, Plecostomus Catfish, Swordtails, Gouramis, and other medium-sized fish.




When it comes to fish, males are typically larger than females. Fish also have a horizontal measurement of 15 cm (6 inches). They can be taller or longer but not both, which is based on their normal body type- veiltail specimens are correspondingly larger.


Water Conditions


Angels seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions for tropical fish. Probably a pH of about 6.5-7 with low hardness is best for them, but if you are trying to breed them and raise the babies, then this may not matter as much because they will need softer water to do well their fish fry (baby angels).


Tank Size


Angels are often kept in medium-sized tanks. They need a lot of room to grow and live in, yet they often get put into undersized tanks with no regard for their needs or comfort. A tank of 100 Litres is the minimum size for an adult specimen and isn’t enough for a school of Angels. 60 aquariums can’t even provide enough space for them to fully extend their fins without feeling cramped! Larger tanks we have at Nano Tanks, such as our 200L tanks we recommend for Angels.




These fish are ferocious predators that will eat anything they can find or be fed frozen foods. They’re not too picky about their food at all. The angelfish is an expert hunter and seems to enjoy eating the livebearer fry in particular.




Bred by many hobbyists and commercially in the tens of thousands, the Blue Pinoy is one of the most common species bred by home hatcheries. This group will pair off to spawn on a vertical surface while both parents tend eggs and young with typical cichlid fervor. Then, remove the eggs from their natural environment for artificial hatching, which increases the rate of successful spawning.


Weight 1 kg

1-2, 3+

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