Macropodus opercularis
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Macropodus opercularis

Common Names: Paradise Fish
Paradise Gourami
Synonyms: Labrus opercularis
Family: Osphronemidae
Category: Labyrinth_Fish
Distribution: Asia; Eastern Asia.
Main Ecosystem: Swamp; Swamp
Temperament: Territorial; DO NOT keep mature adult males together as they will kill each other in much the same way as the Siamese Fighting Fish. Otherwise peaceful.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Feed with flakes or live food. Some hiding places are needed. Cover the tank as the Paradise Fish will jump.
6 - 8
16°C - 26°C
61°F - 79°F
5 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 6cm (2.4")
Female: 6cm (2.4")
Water Region: Middle, Surface; Middle-Surface
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males are more brightly coloured and have longer fins.
Breeding: Not hard. The Paradise Fish is a bubble nest builder. To initiate breeding raise the temperature and reduce the water level.
Variants: The paradise fish is available in red form, blue form, and albino form.
Comments: Quite intelligent and can be trained to jump through a hoop. When provoked, they flare up their gills, just like a siamese fighting fish.
Main Colours: Red, Blue
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Upturned
Tail: Concave
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Submitted By: Adam
Contributors: weird22person, bettachris, sirbooks, GobyFan2007, Joe Potato
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