Fish Folk Posted December 2, 2021 Share Posted December 2, 2021 (edited) I love it (and loath it) when Robert posts the "New Fish of the Week" . . . because there's so often species on the list each week that I'd love to buy up and start a breeding project with. This week, the species that caught my eye is going to be an eye-roller for some aquarists: BLUE PARADISE GOURAMI. These fish really established early in the aquatic hobby. Reasonably adaptable to varied water chemistry, they're fine as a cool water Gourami (Anabantid). Temperamentally, they're sometimes tricky to house in a community tank because of their aggressive nature. Males, like Bettas, will often fight aggressively. They will sometimes eat smaller fish. Having laid out some negatives, they're a beautiful fish in their own right. They breed like Bettas and Gouramis by the male building a bubble nest for the female. They'll do well in a short, long, heavily planted tank -- 20-gal. long or larger preferred with just sponge filtration. If room temperature is steady, a heater is probably unnecessary. I'd love to see photos of the color form the Co-Op has in. Maybe @Robert will attach a photo or two. There really are a load of color morphs available. Here's a few show-stopper photos of males . . . If the Co-Op has both males and females for sale, I'd try to buy the best male along with three females, put them together in a well-planted 20 gal. long with a mixture of plants -- especially some floating plants. They'll appreciate a protein-rich diet, including some live foods. Along with feeding live foods -- live brine shrimp, black worms, etc -- adding a floating catappa leaf, and lowering the tank to ca. 7-inches of water should stimulate spawning behavior. Of course, most people breed them just like they do bettas -- pulling a male out into a small space, providing cover to build a bubble nest, introducing a female, and then removing them once there's unhealthy aggression or once eggs have hatched and free-swimming fry are liable to being eaten. For a generous breeding environment... For a common, rough-and-ready breeding plan... I'd just recommend holding out to find the right color forms of Paradise fish that really excite you. Hope this inspires someone! Edited December 2, 2021 by Fish Folk 3 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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