Spiketail Paradise Fish (Macropodus cupanus)
The Spiketail Paradise Fish is an elegant and fascinating addition to any freshwater aquarium. This stunning fish is characterized by an elongated body with long, flowing fins and a unique spiketail. They display a beautiful mix of colors, including a deep blue or green body with red or orange markings on the fins. These fish exhibit a moderately aggressive personality, making them compatible with other semi-aggressive tank mates.
Spiketail Paradise Fish generally grow to a length of 4-5 inches. They are not schooling fish but do best when kept in small groups of 3-5 individuals to establish a social hierarchy. Their assertive nature means they are better suited for a tank with other semi-aggressive species of similar size.
As omnivores, Spiketail Paradise Fish requires a diverse diet that includes live, frozen, and flake foods, such as insects, crustaceans, and plant matter. A balanced and varied diet will ensure their optimal health and well-being.
To create a comfortable habitat, provide a well-planted tank with ample hiding spots, driftwood, and rocks. These fish thrive in a minimum aquarium size of 30 gallons, but a 40 gallon community aquarium is ideal. Spiketail Paradise Fish 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 good filtration are essential for maintaining a healthy environment.
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