Paradise Fish Tropical Fish Information

Macropodus opercularis
Paradise Fish
Behaviour Peaceful, males will become aggressive to other paradise fish
Typical size 8cm
Max size 10cm
Tank Area All
Min Tank Size 60cm
Temp Min: 16℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Paradise Fish Macropodus opercularis
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Paradise Fish (Macropodus opercularis)

Paradise Fish Tropical Fish Learn all about the Paradise Fish's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Paradise Fish is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Paradise Fish was one of the first tropical fish to be imported and kept ornamentally. The reason for this is that it is also one of toughest and was able to withstand the harsh conditions of the time where most other fish would die during transport. In the aquarium the Paradise Fish is equally hardy and adaptable and a well recommended aquarium fish. The Paradise fish can be kept in almost any water conditions and is equally at home in unheated aquariums. The only drawback the fish has is that the males will, as they age, become increasingly aggressive towards other males and will often bully females. To avoid harm, more than one male should only be kept together when a large group of the fish are kept, this will 'spread out' the aggression of a dominant male. Alternatively keep one male to several females. Providing plenty of hiding spots amongst plants will both create a better environment for the fish and help to reduce aggression. A varied diet will keep the fish in top condition. A number of bred varieties are available including albino, long finned and black forms.

Family Osphronemidae (Gouramies) | Synonyms Labrus opercularis, Polyacanthus opercularis, Macropodus concolor, M. filamentosus | Other names Forktail Fighting Fish | Origin Asia; China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam | Breeding Bubble nester | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, soft to hard | Natural Habitat Streams, ditches, rice fields, shallow waters | Sexing Male has longer fins and is more brightly coloured

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