Paradise Gourami - Planted Tank Mates

Paradise Gourami

2.5″ | Single | 20 gal

PH 6-8| Aggressive

Macropodus opercularis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Top of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 8

dGH: 5 – 15

dKH: 2 – 8

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Peaceful fish and tankmates that are larger in size.  Smaller nano fish will get bullied and 2 males in the same tank will fight.  Avoid other gouramis, bettas and long fin fish.

Notes

Also known as Paradise Fish or Blue Paradise Gourami, this nano size fish pack a punch when it comes to vivid colors and attractiveness.  Color variations include silver-orange and blue bodies with wide, vertical iridescent stripes.  Their tail is dramatically shaped like a half moon and for a smaller gourami species they are very aggressive.  Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 3 female ratio.

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ImageParadise gourami fish (Macropodus opercularis).Veil tail betta fish (Betta splendens)Blue gourami fish (Trichopodus trichopterus).Spade tail betta fish (Betta splendens).Dwarf gourami fish (Trichogaster lalius).Lavender gourami fish (Trichogaster trichopterus).
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Description

2.5" | Single | 20 gal

PH 6-8| Aggressive

3" | Single | 5 gal

PH 6.5-7.5 | Aggressive

5.5" | Single | 30 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

3" | Single | 5 gal

PH 6.5-7.5 | Aggressive

3" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

5" | Single | 30 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

Content

Macropodus opercularis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Top of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 8

dGH: 5 - 15

dKH: 2 – 8

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Peaceful fish and tankmates that are larger in size.  Smaller nano fish will get bullied and 2 males in the same tank will fight.  Avoid other gouramis, bettas and long fin fish.

Notes

Also known as Paradise Fish or Blue Paradise Gourami, this nano size fish pack a punch when it comes to vivid colors and attractiveness.  Color variations include silver-orange and blue bodies with wide, vertical iridescent stripes.  Their tail is dramatically shaped like a half moon and for a smaller gourami species they are very aggressive.  Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 3 female ratio.

Betta spenden

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 76 – 82

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

dGH: 2 - 5

dKH: 1 – 4

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Peaceful mid-dwelling nano fish like ember tetras, harlequin rasboras, and celestial pearl danios, but keep them in strong groups

Bottom dwellers like Kuhli loaches, Corydoras, Malaysian Trumpet snails.  Depending on each individual betta, dwarf shrimp may or may not get eaten. Avoid other aggressive, fin-nipping or even colorful fish like tiger barbs and fancy guppies. Prevent stressing the betta by keeping top dwelling fish to a minimum. Avoid larger fish which can prey or intimidate like cichlids.

Notes

Veil Tail Bettas have a long and downward tail that droops and flows like a veil. Both their dorsal and anal fins tend to elongate as well.

Betta fish are also known as Siamese or Japanese Fighting Fish.  They're very territorial and should never be kept together unless for short-term breeding.  Despite their aggressive nature, they can have a curious and playful personality.  They'll often recognize their caretaker and will even come up to the glass to greet them.  The betta spenden species come in a variety of tail shapes, colors and patterns.  They're easily the show piece to any tank and their extravagant tails flow like living art.  Provide their space with a lot of plants, slow water agitation and warm waters to keep them healthy and active.

Regardless of what you see in retail stores or what people say, NEVER keep a betta in anything less than a 5 gallon tank. https://plantedtankmates.com/types-of-betta-fish/

Trichopodus trichopterus var. Blue

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5.5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Larger nano community fish like large tetras, rasboras, peaceful barbs, Tinfoil Barbs that dwell at the middle of the tank

Slightly smaller or equal in size fish such as dwarf cichlids, German Blue Rams, Apistogramma Larger bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, Siamese Algae Eaters Avoid fin nipping fish

Notes

Blue Gouramis are a cross between Three-Spot and Opaline Gouramis and recognized by their light blue color and soft marbled body patterns.  They're a color variation from the same Trichopodus trichopterus species as the Three-Spot Gourami, Opaline Gourami, Gold Gourami and Lavendar Gourami.

Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 3 female ratio.

Betta spenden

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 76 – 82

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

dGH: 2 - 5

dKH: 1 – 4

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Peaceful mid-dwelling nano fish like ember tetras, harlequin rasboras, and celestial pearl danios, but keep them in strong groups

Bottom dwellers like Kuhli loaches, Corydoras, Malaysian Trumpet snails.  Depending on each individual betta, dwarf shrimp may or may not get eaten. Avoid other aggressive, fin-nipping or even colorful fish like tiger barbs and fancy guppies. Prevent stressing the betta by keeping top dwelling fish to a minimum. Avoid larger fish which can prey or intimidate like cichlids.

Notes

Spade Tail Bettas have a tail that comes to a point, like a spade in a deck of cards. Round Tail Bettas are similar, only the tail end is more rounded.

Betta fish are also known as Siamese or Japanese Fighting Fish.  They're very territorial and should never be kept together unless for short-term breeding.  Despite their aggressive nature, they can have a curious and playful personality.  They'll often recognize their caretaker and will even come up to the glass to greet them.  The betta spenden species come in a variety of tail shapes, colors and patterns.  They're easily the show piece to any tank and their extravagant tails flow like living art.  Provide their space with a lot of plants, slow water agitation and warm waters to keep them healthy and active.

Regardless of what you see in retail stores or what people say, NEVER keep a betta in anything less than a 5 gallon tank. https://plantedtankmates.com/types-of-betta-fish/

Trichogaster Ialius

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios that dwell at the middle of the tank

Bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, otocinclus, snails.  Adult shrimp OK, but smaller shrimp or fry can become snacks. Avoid fin nipping fish

Notes

Commonly known as Dwarf Gourami or by its scientific name Trichogaster Ialius, comes with iridescent, rainbow colors.  Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 2-3 female ratio.

Trichopodus trichopterus var. Lavender

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Larger nano community fish like large tetras, rasboras, peaceful barbs, Tinfoil Barbs that dwell at the middle of the tank

Slightly smaller or equal in size fish such as dwarf cichlids, German Blue Rams, Apistogramma Larger bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, Siamese Algae Eaters Avoid fin nipping fish

Notes

Lavendar Gouramis are very similar to Three-Spot Gouramis.  They're a color variation from the same Trichopodus trichopterus species as the Three-Spot Gourami, Opaline Gourami, Blue Gourami, and Gold Gourami.

Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 3 female ratio.

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