Blue Paradise Fish (Macropodus Opercularis)

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Description

The paradise fish, paradise-fish, paradisefish, or paradise gourami is a species of gourami found in most types of fresh water in East Asia, ranging from the Korean Peninsula to northern Vietnam. This species can reach a standard length of 6.7 cm, though most are only about 5.5 cm.

The Blue Paradise requires a larger aquarium, at least 30 gallons, with lots of hiding places for the female. It will not eat plants, but because of its active courtship and mock battles between tank mates, only very hardy vegetation is advised. The Blue Paradise is a territorial fish that will defend its area from its tank mates. For this reason, it should only be kept with other large, semi-aggressive fish. It will also eat smaller tank mates. Adult males should be kept one per aquarium, as they fight as fiercely as Bettas.

The male Blue Paradise has much longer fins than the female and is more brightly colored. To induce spawning, reduce the water level and increase the temperature. The male will build a bubblenest beneath a large leaf where the eggs will be stored. Breeding is relatively easy, and spawning can result in up to 500 fry. When the fry are hatched they should be fed infusoria, and when older, brine shrimp.

Where in the world are they from?
Commonly found in the river systems of Southern China, Taiwan and Vietnam

What is the ideal number to keep together?
1 Male with 2-3 Females is ideal. Avoid keeping multiple males unless in large aquariums

What should you feed them?
Depending on variety can be picky eaters. May accept flake, but mostly fed on small sinking and frozen foods.

How compatible are they with other fish?
Avoid fish of a similar shape. Males should be kept separate unless in large aquaria. If multiple males are kept it is advised to keep 2 or more females per male.

Can they be bred in captivity?
Yes.

Adult Size: 8 cm
Temperature: 10 – 24
Purchasing size: 4 – 6 cm
pH range: 6.0 – 7.5
Diet: Omnivore
Ease of keeping: Moderate
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