Paradise Fish (Macropodus Opercularis) Fish Species Profile
The Paradise fish are very hardy, stunning, brightly coloured and add more activity to the aquarium with their interesting behaviours.
They are not suitable for the beginner aquarist though because they are challenging to handle, and they have an aggressive nature.
Paradise fish have slim, rectangular bodies and are distinguished by their long flowing fins. Like gouramis, they also have two thread-like pelvic fins.
This species usually have vivid red, and blue stripes that run across their body, two-tone fins and their caudal fin is generally orange. On the odd occasion, you may find small blue-black spots scattered across their body.
|Scientific Name||Macropodus Opercularis|
|Other Names||Paradise Gourami.|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||8 - 10 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 7 cm|
|Temperature||72 - 78 ℉ (22.2 - 25.6 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|TDS||90 - 357|
This species can survive in a full range of habitat types and environmental conditions.
You can find them in China, South of the Yangtze River System, including Hainan Island and Taiwan, Central and Northern Vietnam, and northeastern Laos.
They inhabit streams, artificial reservoirs, natural ponds, river backwaters to rice paddies, and irrigation canals. In some places, they also live in upland hill streams. Anywhere that contains dense vegetation.
Paradise Fish will accept practically any food but should be given a reasonably high-protein diet as opposed to vegetable-based foods.
They will eat mosquito larvae, small flies, blackworms, and brine shrimp as well as some high quality dried products.