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Paradise fish



Picture of Paradise fish
Photos © Sean Evans

Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics

Common name:Paradise fish
Scientific name:Macropodus opercularis
Synonyms:(none)
Size:4" (10cm)
Origin:Asia
Tank setup:Fairly large tank required if more than one kept, with refuges for females and gentle circulation.
Compatibility:Community, but males may be aggressive.
Temperature:16-27oC (61-80oF)
Water chemistry:Not critical: fairly soft to hard, pH 6.0-8.0
Feeding:Omnivore: feed flake, frozen and live foods.
Sexing:Males have brighter colours and much longer fins than females.
Breeding:Bubble nest builder. Eggs hatch in about a day and are usually guarded by the male.
Comments: Several colour forms of this species exist.

 

 

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