There are about six dozen of labyrinth fish varieties and Paradise gourami is one of them. Paradise gourami aka paradise fish is one small labyrinth fish that is found in tropical region. Paradise fishes are more of ornamental aquarium fishes so you’ll find them in aquarium shops worldwide. They’re more likely to be found in east Asia, Vietnam, Korea, china and Ryukyu islands.
What is Labyrinth Fish ?
Labyrinth is organ attached to some fishes in order to let them survive in water where oxygen volume is low. This organ allows them to breathe air from the surface of water. So labyrinth helps them for their survival in low oxygen ponds/tank. Paradise gourami being labyrinth fish dwells around surface.
Types of Paradise fish:
- Black paradise fish
- Blue paradise fish
Paradise fish is known for it’s aggressive nature and while placing them in freshwater aquarium you need to select the tank-mates carefully to avoid conflicts.
Size & Color : Upper body and the head have black spots. Rest of the body color is usually dark red with several blue bands running along the fish. They grow to size of about 4″ to 5″, Because of large size aquarium tank is supposed to be more than 20 gallons. Males have longer fins and are more lighter than female paradise fish.
Ph & Temperature: Temperature of about 61-78 F needs to be maintained for paradise fish. Ph range should be 6.8-8.0 in the aquarium tank. Do check the range regularly with water test kit.
Food: Paradise fish can accept any type of food be it vegetable flakes or high-protein live food. It is suggested that they should be given high protein food. So you can give them flakes, live food if possible.
Breeding: Female creates bubble drop at the bottom of the tank near stone or marble as a shelter. Female is known to give eggs of about 500 in number. If you wish to trigger spawning then you can raise water temperature and lower the water level to resemble natural summer environment.
Behavior: Paradise fish are aggressive in nature and most likely chase off and kill other small fishes. They’re much aggressive in comparison to blue gourami. More than one male in the tank can lead to conflict between paradise fish. So if you want to place paradise fish make sure one male and female is placed in the tank where other aggressive fishes are placed. They are tolerant to any water condition like any other labyrinth fish and are perfect for home ponds, unheated aquarium.
Suitable tank-mates for paradise fish are giant danios, large tetras and some less aggressive cichlids. Small fish less than 3cm is usually target for attack so keep small fish into separate tank. Females are less aggressive and usually male paradise fish are the one who pick up fights with another paradise fish.
Paradise Fish put on great show to your home aquarium and if the tank-mates selected carefully then there is nothing much to worry about paradise fish. At the end paradise fish is colorful and personable and is good to any gourami or Asian theme tank.