Paradise fish (Macropodus opercularis)



The paradise fish, paradise-fish, paradisefish, or paradise gourami is a species of gourami found in most types of fresh water in East Asia, ranging from the Korean Peninsula to northern Vietnam. This species can reach a standard length of 6.7 cm, though most are only about 5.5 cm. The Paradise Fish originates in Asia and is found almost anywhere with low current, such as rice paddies or calm pools on the side of flowing streams.

Where in the world are they from?
Commonly found in the river systems of Southern China, Taiwan and Vietnam

What is the ideal number to keep together?
1 Male with 2-3 Females is ideal. Avoid keeping multiple males unless in large aquariums

What should you feed them?
Depending on variety can be picky eaters. May accept flake, but mostly fed on small sinking and frozen foods.

How compatible are they with other fish?
Avoid fish of a similar shape. Males should be kept separate unless in large aquaria. If multiple males are kept it is advised to keep 2 or more females per male.

Can they be bred in captivity?

Adult Size: 8 cm
Temperature: 10 – 24
Purchasing size: 4 – 6 cm
pH range: 6.0 – 7.5
Diet: Omnivore
Ease of keeping: Moderate