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Pardise fish

Macropodus opercularis



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From: Rachel
I have a paradise fish(female) and I recently purchased a smaller size albino, the female seems curious, but is also not aggressive. I do have an opaline gourami(male), where they tend to pick on each other, but not tear each other apart. over all, I like my fish.

From: Martin
I bought a paradise fish and put it in my big community tank with a giant gourami, albino oscar and a giant plec let me tell you it only bothered the oscar once eventually all the fish out grew it and it got eat so I wouldn't recommend putting it in with anything over 20 inches.

From: Andrew
I found the Paradise fish in an Aquarium book I had and I thought they would be nice, so I bought a male and a female. I put them into my 20 gallon community tank, and instantly found not to do that again. My family had also bought a small, 3" tiger oscar, and a beta. We put the three bags into the same tank to let the fish become accustomed to the water temp, and within 5 minutes, they were fighting from bag to bag. All three fish were about the same size also. We separated the fish within half an hour, after we set up our other tanks. The paradise fish were mating pretty much 24/7 whenever the light was on for more than 1 1/2 hours and the water level was 1" or more below the recommended height. This is also a bad idea for breeders to do, as my female paradise lost numerous scales due to excessive mating. I guess she pretty much got sick of the male, so she tried to hide inside a small shell while I was sleeping, and she either suffocated or starved to death. All in all, it is a good idea to keep everything VERY constant and consistent, cool, and keep some places for hiding available for the fish, perhaps a tipped over planting pot with gravel in it, or A LOT of plants(about 50-75% of the floor covered). another thing also, the more surface movement, the less the chance of survival is for the offspring. The paradise do not need oxygen to survive, so they can go without a pump, which causes the excessive surface movement, which in turn, causes the bubble nest to break up, loosing all the eggs.

From: Shanna
I just got a paradisefish yesterday from these people we know, they own a fish store I guess you can say, but anyway the wife said it wasn't that aggressive and it would get along with the other fish, instead, it nipped some of the goldfish's scales, and chases my female and male swordfish around. Every time he tries to bite the girl betta, Zeus(male betta, goes after the paradise fish and bites him, so I'd say don't keep them with many different kinds of fish...

From: Danno
I have kept 2 male and 3 female paradise fish in 4ft tank with baby turtles for some months. I originally bought them small as feeder fish but these managed to survive. I change water regularly and never monitor quality. temps range from 16c at night to 23c day at the moment(Approaching summer in Australia) These fish have real character and take food from the turtles mouths. They build and rebuild their nest, despite the turts and have recently spawned again. This time I have removed eggs and will try to raise some.

From: Chris C.
I have one paradisefish in my tank and have found it to be quite a peacefull fish that hand feeds although does not take to kindly to water change as it tends to nip or attack my siamese fighter , however it is a great fish to keep.






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