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Old 12-19-2020, 02:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody keep these guys?

I had two of these when I was a kid but they were terrors to other fishes, best as loners. They were pretty ordinary looking as well (commercial strain). I guess that's why they are not so popular like bettas. I read they were the first aquarium fish as well so they are out of favor.

The pros are that they are cold water fish and can live in any water parameters, hard or soft. They also live for 8 years or so, not the 2 years like bettas.

People in Asia have developed several colorful strains that are interesting and there a several species worth mentioning.
1. Macropodus opercularis - Paradise Fish
2. Macropodus ocellatus - Roundtail Paradise Fish
3. Macropodus spechti - Black Paradise Fish
4. Macropodus erythropterus
5. Macropodus hongkongensis

I'm planning/dreaming to buy a few species and strains from Vietnam but I need to set up a rack first. They can't go into the community tank.
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Old 12-20-2020, 07:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've kept these in the past and really enjoyed them. In my experience, aggression varies greatly between individual fish. A group of females coexisted in a tank with livebearers, eating the fry but not attacking the adult fish. I kept a male in a two gallon planted jar, and moved all of them to a mini pond outside during the summer. Unfortunately, we had a scorching summer and the pond wasn't in enough shade. Lesson learned!
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Some pictures
M. opecularis


M. spetchi

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