Blue Paradise

lg 89818 BlueParadise
Latin name: (Macropodus opercularis)

Care Level





Blue, Orange



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

30 gallons



This beautiful freshwater fish, the Blue Paradise, is an active species that requires an aquarium of at least 30 gallons. To accommodate its active courtship and mock battles, it is advised that only very hardy vegetation is provided, as this fish will not eat plants. As it is a territorial species, it should only be housed with other large, semi-aggressive fish, and only one adult male should be kept in each aquarium as they can fight as fiercely as Bettas. Additionally, it is important to note that the Blue Paradise may consume smaller tank mates. Consequently, it is essential to carefully consider the tankmates and tank size when housing this species in an aquarium.

The male Blue Paradise is a stunning fish with long flowing fins and vibrant colors. The female is less brightly colored and has shorter fins. To ensure successful spawning, reduce the water level, increase the temperature, and provide a large leaf for the male to build a bubblenest. Breeding is relatively easy and can result in up to 500 fry. The fry should be fed infusoria initially and then, as they age, brine shrimp. Quality care and close monitoring of environmental conditions is key to obtaining desirable results during breeding.

The Blue Paradise is an omnivore, so it will require both algae-based foods as well as meaty foods. An algae-based flake food, along with freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp, will provide these fish with the proper nutrition.

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