Red-Backed Paradise Fish (Macropodus Erythropterus)
The Red-Backed Paradise Fish is a striking and unique species that can add a touch of vibrancy to any freshwater aquarium. This visually appealing fish features an elongated body with a distinct red or orange hue on the back and fins, which contrasts beautifully with the blue or green main body color. They possess a semi-aggressive temperament, which makes them compatible with other semi-aggressive tank mates of similar size.
Red-Backed Paradise Fish usually reach an adult size of 4-5 inches. They are not schooling fish but do best when kept in small groups of 3-5 individuals, allowing them to establish a social hierarchy. It is essential to carefully select tank mates, as their semi-aggressive nature may not be suitable for a peaceful community tank.
These fish are omnivores and require a diverse diet consisting of live, frozen, and flake foods, such as insects, crustaceans, and plant matter. Providing a balanced and varied diet will ensure their health and well-being.
To create a suitable habitat, set up a well-planted tank with plenty of hiding spots, driftwood, and rocks. Red-Backed Paradise Fish thrive in a minimum aquarium size of 30 gallons, but a 40 gallon community aquarium is ideal. They prefer water with a pH of 6.0-8.0, hardness ranging from 5-15 dGH, and a temperature between 70-79°F (21-26°C). Regular water changes and efficient filtration are essential for maintaining a healthy environment.
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