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Red Back Paradise Fish

red back paradise fish

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Scientific Name:   Macropodus erythropterus      
Min. Tank Size:   20 gallons      
Personality:   Aggressive      
Temperature:   70-75°F      
pH:   6.5-7.0/0-10°dGH      
Size:   2.5"      
Diet:   Carnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Best kept in a species tank.

Red Back Paradise Fish

Having been first imported to Europe in 2000, this species of paradise fish is still relatively new in the aquarium hobby. The Red Back Paradise Fish is similar in appearance to the common Paradise Fish but its head is more pointed and has no prominent stripes. The Red Back Paradise Fish has a reddish body with more intense red coloration along the back. These fish are found in coastal Vietnam and in parts of Thailand.

Tank Set-up

Like the common Paradise Fish, the Red Back Paradise Fish is extremely aggressive and should not be kept in a community tank. These fish are highly adaptable but thrive best in warm, slightly acidic water. This species prefers a planted tank outfitted with caves and driftwood to provide cover and the tank should be dimly lit. These fish may also enjoy the addition of floating plants and filtration should provide some level of current.


Red Back Paradise Fish are omnivorous by nature and tank-raised specimens are likely to accept any food they are given. Offer these fish a staple diet of high-quality dried foods supplemented with plenty of small live and frozen foods such as bloodworms, Artemia and Daphnia.


Like all paradise fish, Red Back Paradise fish are bubble nesters. The male of the species prepares a bubble nest at the surface of the tank and, following spawning, will transfer the eggs to the bubble nest. Male Red Back Paradise Fish will guard the nest until the eggs hatch, typically between 24 and 48 hours later. The female plays no part in parenting and should be removed from the tank following spawning so she can rest.

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