Macropodus opercularis

79F
Explanation of the symbols

64F
Family : Osphronemidae
Origin : China, Korea, Taiwan, Malacca
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English name : Paradise fish
Young fish are excellent community fish, but adult males often cause problems and fight with each other like Betta splendens.  The fish needs a lot of free swimming space and for the females you must provide a lot of hiding places.  You can use floating plants to achieve this.  The aquarium should be well covered because they are very good jumpers.  The aquarium should be set up with some strong plants.

The fish is omnivorous, so you can give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is fairly easy.  Up to 800 eggs are laid in a bubblenest.  After spawning the female should be removed.  The eggs hatch after 24 hours and 3-5 days later the young fishes are swimming free.  At that point you should remove the male as well.  Now you can start feeding with powdered dry foods and infusoria, and a few days later with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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