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Paradise Fish

Macropodus opercularis
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Paradise fish are generally a peaceful fish that won’t usually hassle others in a tank as long as they are similar in size, smaller fish can be in danger as they can be a predatory fish


Paradise fish are mainly found in Asia, in large swamps around Korea, Vietnam and China.

Paradise fish can have very striking colours and patterns. They are a long fish with a compressed body. The main colour you will see in shops will be a plain coloured body with bright red streaks running vertically down the body; in between the red streaks you will see blue streaks. These colours also go out through the fins. There is in an albino form; these have a creamy white replacing the blue streaks. A blue form is also available which is much smaller than the other types. They are blue all over with the same long fins, with the females smaller and a little plumper.

Paradise fish are a labyrinth fish, the same as a betta or gourami. This means that they have a special organ that allows them to breathe air. These fish are a very easy fish to look after. They are very adaptable to their environment and different water conditions and make a great first fish.

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