Chinese Red Perch (Siniperca chuatsi)


A rare and colorful predatory species from the rivers and lakes of Central China, the Red Perch or Mandarin Perch sports beautiful red and yellow markings and an intricate pattern that becomes more pronounced with age. Care in the aquarium is similar to that of the datnoids or tigerfish, but Chinese Red Perch are able to tolerate much cooler temperatures as they originate in temperate areas.



Chinese Red Perch (Siniperca chuatsi)

Origin: Wild China
Diet: Predator and live fish eater. Can be weaned onto frozen fish and shrimp over time.
Adult Size: 24″
Recommended Tank Size: 180 gallon
Compatibility: A predator but generally peaceful towards fish too large to be eaten. They can be bullied by more aggressive fish like cichlids so choose tankmates carefully.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8 – 7.5
Temp:                     65 – 76F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm