Macropodus opercularis: squeaky red!

7. October 2023

Solid red paradise fishes (Macropodus opercularis) have been known since the 1990s. However, they could not really establish themselves in the market, because the animals, which were also traded under the fancy name “Macropodus rex”, turned out to be very susceptible to diseases.

Apparently the problem has been solved and we have now received really good and healthy solid red macropods from Singapore. The mutation does not only affect the blue vertical stripes. The caudal fin has no lattice pattern (as in the wild form) and is white; regenerated areas interestingly turn black. The deep blue demarcation stripe of the anal fin in wild paradise fish is black in these solid red animals. All in all a very attractive breeding form, which will surely find its friends!

For our customers: these animals have code 425913 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer