A colourful fish that is an anabantoid (Labyrinth fish) meaning that it breaths atmospheric oxygen as well as dissolved oxygen. It requires a larger aquarium with lots of hiding places for the female. Although they do not eat plants, they can have a tendency to damage them during courtship and battles with its tank mates.
Species – Paradise Fish - Macropodus Opercularis
Current Size – 3.5cm - 4cm
Adult Length – 10cm
Temperature Range – 10 - 22°C
pH Range – 6.0 – 8.0
Special Requirements - The paradise fish is happy at much lower temperatures that most fish in this family. They are often kept in unheated aquariums and still thrive.
Tanks Mates and Compatibility – Similarly-shaped fishes should be avoided, but can be maintained alongside peaceful schooling species with comparable environmental requirements.
Males are territorially aggressive, this behaviour becoming more pronounced during reproductive periods, and should not be housed together unless the aquarium is very large. It is also advisable to provide two or more females per male in order to disperse male attention.
Feeding – Likely to prey on insect larvae and suchlike in nature, and should be offered small live or frozen Daphnia, Artemia, white worm, grindal worm, etc., in captivity. Some high quality dried products may also be accepted.
Please note – Some images used are library photos and will show the colour potential at a fully mature size, as our fish are juveniles they may vary.
We always aim to supply the fish as close to the purchase size as possible. On rare occasions if this is not possible we will contact you.
The fish are selected at random however you are welcome to make a note on the order and the fish manager will do his best for you, requests are dependent on stock at the time of your order.