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Gourami - Paradise

Discussion in 'Labyrinth' started by ioNightShade, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. ioNightShade

    ioNightShade Member

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    Common name: Paradise Gourami or Paradise Fish

    Scientific name:
    Macropodus opercularis

    Family: Anabantidae

    Origin:
    China, Korea, Taiwan, Southern Vietnam, and Japan

    Maximum size: 4-5 inches

    Minimum Tank size: 20 gallons

    Temperature: 58-82�F

    Care: The tank should be well-vegetated (for protection/cover and for female retreats). Fish prefer large tank with lots of open swimming area. A partial cover of floating plants is beneficial to aid in bubble nest building. Has been known to jump out of the tank, so should be covered (ideally with a weighted lid). Ideally kept in water with a pH of 7.0. Multiple males, in a tank, have been known to attack each other (sometimes to the point of death).

    Feeding: Accepts a variety of tropical flake foods. Also excepts live and frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and planeria. Is also known to eat algae from leaves of plants and rocks.

    Sexing: The male is more colorful with longer fins.

    Breeding: Take a strong, established pair and place them in a tank alone. Initiate spawning by lowering the water level and increasing the temperature to 75-84�F. Eggs are collected by the male and spit into a bubble nest. Remove the female at this time. There can be up to 1000 eggs in a single spawn and they are guarded by the male. The eggs hatch in 24-28 hours and are free-swimming in 3-5 days. The male should be removed at this time. Feed the fry with infusoria and/or powered dry foods. The fry can later be fed with Artemia (brine shrimp).

    Comments: A very hardy fish that can withstand "not-so-ideal" conditions. There are five varieties: red with blue ("original"), red, blue, albino, and black (jet black with red fins)--subspecies concolor.

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  2. pica_nuttalli

    pica_nuttalli don't be a twit

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  3. MegTheFish

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    Paradise Fish, not gouramis ;)
     
  4. SirMinion

    SirMinion Sexy Martha Fahaka
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    Paradise fish are gouramis!
     
  5. afireinside

    afireinside A Shrine To Madness

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    Yes, but they are refered to Paradise Fish.
     
  6. SirMinion

    SirMinion Sexy Martha Fahaka
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    Nevertheless, they are still gouramis and either name is correct.

    Our Local Fish store sells them as 'Gourami Paradise Fish' :lol:
     
  7. MegTheFish

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    WTF?!?!? I always thought they were but then I was corrected and told that they weren't! Hmpff... :S
     
  8. pica_nuttalli

    pica_nuttalli don't be a twit

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    well, they aren't technically gouramis (gouramis are Trichogaster, paradise fish are Macropodus) but they are labyrinth fish from Asia. by common name logic, that makes them a type of gourami.

    of course the beauty of common names is that i could call them "purple-spotty seacows" and so long as i got everybody in my region to use that, it'd be a valid common name. (this is why you should never use common names to research fish.)
     
  9. Lateral Line

    Lateral Line It's full of stars
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    >>> gouramis are Trichogaster

    Gouramies are fish of the family Osphronemidae. This family contains many genera. The genera included are:-

    Luciocephalus/Trichogastrinae.
    Colisa
    Ctenops
    Luciocephalus
    Parasphaerichthys
    Polyacanthus
    Sphaerichthys
    Trichogaster
    Macropodinae
    Macropodus.
    Betta
    Malpulutta
    Parosphromenus
    Pseudosphromenus
    Trichopsis
    Osphroneminae.
    Belontia
    Osphronemus

    The red entries are Sub-families. All species in these genera are technically gouramies. This classification has recently been worked over. Many fish now placed in this family were previously included in the family Anabantidae.

    The Paradise Fish was one of the very first species kept by aquarists in the early days of the hobby. It's ability to breath atmospheric oxygen, tolerate moderate pollution, and very wide temperature tolerance made it eminently suitable for the extremely low tech equipment available in the late 19th early 20th century.
     
  10. england

    england channa aka snakehead

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    paradise fish
     

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    My Little beauty
     

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  12. Auratus

    Auratus Why am I browsing a fish forum at 2am?

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    They come in albino too :)
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    One of my blues
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