New Arrivals – Paradise Fish

Macropodus opercularis

Common names: Blue Paradise Fish, Paradise Gourami

Experience level: Easy

Max size: 4 inch

Minimum Tank Size: 10 Gallons (40 Litres)

Temperament: Semi Aggressive

PH Range: 6.0-8.0

Hardiness: Moderate

Sex Differences: Males develop longer, split lyre-tails and more vibrant colours.

Temperature: 16-26°  C (61-79° F) (Can be kept in room temperature ‘temperate’ conditions)

Average Lifespan: 6-8 years.

Diet: Omnivore

Feeding Instruction: Paradise fish are mainly surface dwelling and will accept flake, floating pellets and granules as well as algae based foods. It is important to supplement their diet with either frozen or live food (daphnia is better suited when they are smaller, bloodworm and other shrimp when they get bigger).

Aquarium Care: 20% water change weekly. Provide floating plants such as water fern and water lettuce to provide cover as they will stay around the surface. A tight fitting lid is crucial as these fish are expert jumpers.

Origin: East Asia – Korean Penninsula to Northern Vietnam