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Paradise fish: the pioneer in tanks

The Gourami family counts among its members the paradise fish, one of the species with the most colors when it comes to freshwater fish. Thanks to its beauty, the paradise fish is among the first specimens from the tropics to be brought to Europe. In general, these animals notice rectangular, thin bodies and long fins. Like the rest of the species that make up its family, it has two filiform pelvic fins.

An adult paradise…

fish usually measures up to 10 cm and is quite resistant, which is why it is very common to find them in private aquariums.

The paradise fish tends to adapt easily to different environmental environments. That is why they can be found both in irrigation canals, streams, rice fields and swamps.

Unlike other species, it can live in a total lack of oxygen, that is, in hypoxic conditions, as well as in different temperatures.

This species is considered resistant due to the adverse conditions…

in which it usually lives. The best thing in this case is to try to recreate visible broken lines and abundant shadows within the pond.

The decoration can be made from roots and branches, dark substrate and floating aquatic plants.

As for the filtration, it must be slow, respecting in this sense the rhythm of the habitat from which it comes. An air-powered sponge filter is recommended.

On the other hand, the pond must be uncovered or with the water several cm away. under the rim of the tank so that the fish can take in oxygen from the surface, through liquid.

As explained above, this fish tends to adapt to any temperature, even those between 16 and 27 ° C. However, and although you can do without heating in the pond, it is better that the temperature is maintained between 21 and 24 ° C. The pH of the water should behave at levels between 6.0 and 8.0. Hardness is allowed up to 30°H.

Paradise fish are not good at living in community with other species…

It eats the smallest ones first and usually fights with brightly colored or similar-looking specimens, which it identifies as threats.

They are quite resistant to common diseases although they are prone to white spot. Regarding this you can consult if you have doubts           

In all cases, it is better to design a specific pond for it. It should also be known that they are solitary and become especially aggressive when they reach adulthood. In a small pond you cannot have more than one male.