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Blue Paradise Gourami

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The Paradise Gourami (Macropodus opercularis) is a species of gourami characterized by their long tailfins and colourful side stripes. The females have shorter fins and are generally less colourful than the males. This listing is for mixed-sex Paradise Gourami. If you are looking for a specific sex, please call in advance. 

These fish are very hardy and do well in a wide variety of water conditions. They prefer a pH of 5.8-8, and a water temperature between 61 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit. A male/female pair can be kept in a 20 gallon comfortably.

These fish are omnivores, and will eat most foods. It is important that they get both plant-based foods (such as veggie or kelp flakes) and meaty foods such as frozen brine shrimp or bloodworms.

Paradise Gourami have a reputation for being aggressive. While they can be kept with other small, fast, nonaggressive fish, do not keep them with any other semi-aggressive or aggressive fish. Do not keep them with slower fish or fish with long fins, as they are prone to nipping. Males should not be kept together and will fight incessantly. A male can be kept with multiple females if tank size allows it. Always research the compatibility of any new fish you plan on adding to your aquarium.