Paradise Fish | Macropodus Opecularis

Paradise Fish | Macropodus Opecularis

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Type of paradise fish.

IUCN Red List: LC

A colorful Gourami like fish with striking red and green stripes on its flank.  They are very wide spread and are widely distributed throughout asia.  Males have extended anal dorsal and caudal fins while females have a much rounder body.  Unlike bettas, these fish tolerate their peers and usually establish a pecking order in groups.  A pair can be kept together in a 5 to 10-gallon tank.  They are also very hardy and tolerant of different water temperatures making them great beginner fish.

 

Basic Information

Temperament: Somewhat territorial, but can be kept in groups as long as there’s enough space. We recommend a pair per 5 gallons of water.

Maximum Size: 2.5 inches.

Diet: Readily take dried foods.

TDS ~ 60 + (can tolerate high tds water but prefer low tds water)

pH ~ 6.0 -7.8 (prefer softer water)

Temperature: 70 - 83F (does well in cooler temp, but higher temp induce coloration and breeding behaviors)

Diet: Carnivorous, we currently feed them blackworms, frozen bloodworms and pellets.

Breeding: Bubble nester