Round-Tailed Paradise Fish (Macropodus Chinensis)
The Round-Tailed Paradise Fish is a captivating addition to the aquarium hobby. This fish exhibits an attractive appearance with an elongated, slender body and round tail fin. Their coloration ranges from brilliant blue to green, with striking red or orange patterns on the fins. They are somewhat territorial species best suited for a peaceful to semi-aggressive tank environment.
The Round-Tailed Paradise Fish typically grows to a length of 4 inches. They are not schooling fish but do best in small groups of 3-5 individuals to establish a social hierarchy. Their assertive personality and territorial nature make them compatible with similar-sized, peaceful to semi-aggressive tank mates.
As omnivores, they have a diverse diet, feeding on a variety of live, frozen, and flake foods, including small insects, crustaceans, and plant matter. Their diet should be balanced and varied to ensure optimal health.
A well-planted tank with hiding spots, driftwood, and rocks is ideal for their habitat. They thrive in a minimum aquarium size of 30 gallons, but an ideal community aquarium size would be 40 gallons. Round-Tailed Paradise Fish prefer a water pH of 6.0-8.0, hardness in the range of 5-15 dGH, and a temperature between 68-79°F (20-26°C). Regular water changes and good filtration are essential for maintaining a healthy environment.
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