The undemanding requirements of the paradise fish makes them an excellent choice for many fish hobbyists today.
These versatile fish can be successfully housed and bred in both aquariums and garden ponds.
The paradise fish in it's original form has alternating blue and red bands on a grey based body. The tail and other fins are typically red with some blue dots and a grey background. This colouration is notably more intense in male fish. Albino, apricot and a so called black version have been developed during captive breeding.
Aggression can be shown by paradise fish toward other species and is therefore best kept in a species aquarium or with larger tank mates. It is recommended that the female be removed after spawning. This will allow the male paradise fish to concentrate on maintaining the bubble nest and eggs instead of defending them.
Family - Osphronemidae
Size -8-10 cm the males larger with fins that may increase this length
Fish Origin - Asia
Water - Adapts to wide range but prefers water less than very hard
Temperature - 16-28°C best at 24°C for general keeping
Feeding - Undemanding, feed with a general tropical flake and bloodworms
Sexing - Male displays much longer fins and stronger colouration
Breeding - Bubble nest builder - male cares for eggs and fry
Aquarium - Best kept in an aquarium with this species only