Animal Stories - Paradise Fish

Animal-World Information about: Paradise Fish

The Paradise Fish was one of the first tropical fish in the trade, and the start of the aquarium hobby!
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Brian - 2017-09-20
In northcentral Mississippi, blue paradise fish survive and breed in outdoor pools/fountains. This fish, like goldfish/koi/carp, should never be released to natural waterways and ponds.

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  • Cheryl Svoboda - 2019-04-07
    Hello Brian, I'm doing research on the potential invasibility and establishment of paradise fish within New Zealand freshwater ways. May I use your comment about areas where these fish are found in Mississippi? Also, did you see them in these locations or were they from reports of others? Finally, do you have any other information about paradise fish that may be useful in determining potential habitats and impacts upon other freshwater life? Thank you, Cheryl
Jeanette - 2017-06-28
I purchased a blue paradise gouramie and a red dwarf. Added them to 10 gallon tank with tiger barb. The red dwarf died think wasnt aggressive enough. Thought tiger barb and gourami would live happy together since about same size similar temperments, both fiesty. Now the gouramie is hovering at top of tank like sick.I did just add sword plant to tank.

diksha - 2016-04-10
hello i just began with a small fish bowl that i got as a giftand lost two goldfishes.that was heartbreaking but since i got a pair of paradise fish and tiger barb each...they appeared to be healthy and of my paradise fishes kept hitting on the surface of the bowl since the beginning and about five days later i see blood clots on her body(near the eyes and head)and seems to try to jump.the other one also shows some slight blood marks(not sure)and unusual lethargic i witnessing marks of physical hurt or some disease???.i find the content on net scarce. plz help asap.

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  • Daniel - 2016-07-06
    Unless you've got a 100 litre LONG tank, which is heavily planted, then those paradisefish will fight and the unfortunate one will end up having chunks taken out of it and then go pale, which is a sign of sickness and severe stress. I have a 100 litre tank and had to buy a new one to separate the male and female. Tiger barbs should be kept in a group of 6 minimum otherwise they can be aggressive when in fewer numbers and also nippy. They can also be stressing the paradisefish. It sounds like they've got no space to move and they're all stressed.

    You said you had a small bowl with goldfish previously? That's like a prison for goldfish. They release a lot of waste and no doubt they died because of the water quality and myriad of other factors. I hope you upgraded the small bowl to a large tank when purchasing the new fish?

    You really ought to buy another tank, say 80cm (length) x 40cm (width) x 30cm (height) and put the male paradisefish in that tank along with a total of 6 tiger barbs. The female paradisefish should go into another tank on her own.

    Remember to include lots of real plants and use a good filter like Eheim. Invest in the life quality of your fish and you'll reap the rewards in seeing their happy behaviour within a secure dwelling place. Put them in a prison cell with fish not suitable, then it will be a disaster.
Willem - 2012-12-03
Hello, About two years I have diffuclties in keeping male Paradise fish. Every one of them is doing allright for about six months, they eat, breed, chase the female, etc. Then something goes wrong, they become lethargic, hang at the surface, don't eat, turn pale and die, apparently suffocating because they take surface air every five seconds. The females never have this problem. I examined the males and don't find any trace of parasites or worms. Therefore it must be something bacterial or viral, or with the water quality. As none of the other fishes have medical issues (platies, corydoras and female Paradise) all this is puzzling. Ofcourse I treated them with medication, but no result. It could be that I waited too long before I started treating them, but it's not easy to determine when the problem starts, it evolves very slowly, even when it's unmistakably there it lasts about four or five weeks before they perish. Any advice is welcome, otherwise I must give up on keeping these fish, wich I really like. There are two hints of infection in my tank, first a singel white spot, abces, that appears in the head of the paradise fishes when they are introduced, which disappears after a few days, but may recur a couple of times, and some mouth issues with some of my platties. I suppose the first is a virus and the second a bacterial infection For some time I had a group of black/grey widow tetra's who had serious mouth issues, but not lethal, some abces that difformed their mouth by what looked like dark pimpels on it, it didn't seem to affect them much. Any info or advice is thankfully accepted.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-03
    Depending how many females you have.  Try adding one male per 4 or so females.  The males may be fighting for mating rights and getting too stressed.
  • Willem - 2012-12-06
    The problem can not be caused by stress as I never had more then two male Paradise fish, and since the first one died, only one at the time. The first two had the occasional fight, but as the outlet of the filter is right in the middle of the 2 meter tank they had a territory at the sides and enough females for company and breeding. In my experience the females give the weakest amongst them also a hard time once there is a male in the tank.
  • JesseVail - 2015-05-01
    White spot sounds like Ick?
michael - 2010-04-14
I just bought two of these fish a couple weeks ago and it turns out I got a breeding pair... there are now over 100 fish in my tank! Really enjoy them but need to find a new home for most of them

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  • Jeannie - 2010-08-24
    Well they eat the young and where do you live you still have your fish?
  • Windy Page - 2014-07-06
    Do you have fry for sale?
Shaylah - 2013-10-22
I have a blue paradise fish about 2 inches it's a male and is in a community tank with a baby angel fish, a baby glass fish, some kind of baby loach fish, and two male fancy guppies and a small snail. . . I have not noticed any aggression with my paradise, he gets along with all the small tank mates. I got them all as babies so they will grow together. He has the best personality, i'm hoping as he gets older he won't pick on the smaller fish.

christine - 2012-11-13
Hi I have a paradise fish that has 2 lumps one near the eye and one on under the stomach they look like they are bleeding what do I do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-13
    Sounds like a fungus.  Try an antifungal.
kelle - 2012-10-28
i have two praise gourami's one male and one female..they have had very weird behaviour the last four days one has sat on the bottom of the tank amongst some weed and the other directly above it they are both together at the top of the tank hiding in the corner..i think one of them might be pregnant? does anyone have any info on them laying eggs how long does it take what to look for?is this behaviour normal?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-28
    Any signs of the female building a bubble nest?
Linda Hester Lopez - 2012-10-03
When I was a kid my dad bred blue paradise gouramis and sold them to local pet stores. Twenty years later I have become a fish fanactic with 9 active tanks running each with different species. I live near Corpus Christi, TX and aquatic pet shops are scarce. I was asked one of my regular shop owners to order me some paradise fish with their next order and they did. I am more than excited to follow in my dads footsteps in breeding these beautiful fish. And boy did I save a LOT of money by doing this! I've been considering buying them online at a cost of $5-7 each plus around $30 shipping, however when I went to pick them up at the fish shop I paid $1.95 each!! I am blessed! :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-04
    Good going - and good luck.
sarah - 2010-02-26
I have owned a few of these beauties but I'm having a hard time finding them at from my local pet stores , I hope to one day to own few again for my tanks.

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  • Darrell Womack - 2011-05-30
    Sarah, I live in the Dominican Republic and I have lots of the Paradise
    Gouramis. I wish I could find someome to buy these and other tropical fish
    we have. Good luck
  • Barbara Mathews - 2011-08-13
    Hi Darrell, I remember you from several years ago when we were on Antipas forum. We both bailed out at the same time realizing the apostasy and spiritual deception was rampant on that forum. I appreciated your wisdom and experience. I hope you're still growing in the LORD and being blessed in all you do. Hope you find buyers for your tropicals as well. The economy up here in the states is struggling as you well know.

    E-mail me some time if you get a chance.

    God bless you and your wife,