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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Angelo - 2011-07-27
Years ago, a friend gave me a "Blue Paradise Fish" because it bullied his other fish when he added it to his aquarium. All I had was a small rectangular glass container----maybe two gallons and no aeration or thermostat, kept in a laundry room that would get cold in the Winter. I put aluminum foil on the top to keep the fish in. That fish lived for years----would actually jump from the water to take food from my hand. He would swim to the front glass and pose when someone walked into the room.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Good story and good for you
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coree - 2011-11-11
Do 2 male paradise fish get in a tank together will they fight to the death like bettas?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-11-12
    Paradise fish, while they are not as aggressive as Bettas, they still have the aggression, and it is advisable not to place two males together in the same aquarium.
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Michael - 2011-01-21
The publisher says that bettas and paradise fish can't be kept together. In my case, this was not true. I kept a crown tail betta fish with a blue paradise in a 5 gallon tank they got along fine.

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  • nehal - 2011-01-27
    Hi Michael I happen to have a paradise in my tank he really likes my other fish so I don't think what they said is true because he gets along well with my guppys and loaches.
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Jim Coffey - 2010-06-19
Was wondering if they would do well in a small pond, 4' x3' x 2' deep, does not freeze to the bottom? Goldfish survive well in it year round.

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  • Megan - 2010-11-05
    I have a blue and yellow Gourami. They tend to be sensitive to temperature with a tolerance of around 72-82 F. you can easily tell when these fish become stressed from temp or pH because their coloring will become pale compared to their typical bright vibrant colors. If you really do want to put them in an outside pond I would seriously consider buying a submergible heater. As long as you maintain a healthy temperature for these fish, they should be fine, but if anything you could transport them to a tank during the cooler or extreme hot months to keep them safe.
  • Tyler - 2010-12-22
    Being a tropical fish, paradise gouramis like water that's warm, and would most likely die if kept in cold water... goldfish like cold water (this is why they are good for beginners), that is why they do well in an outdoor pond. I wouldn't put a paradise in an outdoor pond.
  • Darren Lamont - 2011-01-15
    Hi Jim, I wouldn't expect them to last in a pond if the top freezes over as they have the labyrinth gland, the same as bettas and gouramis, therefore needing to breathe air from the surface.
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ginny - 2010-11-20
I have a red one and noticed a white spot on the side can you tell me if this is a sign of a disease?

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Jim Coffey - 2010-06-18
I was just wondering if they would do well in a small pond, 4' x 3' x 2' deep, year round. I live in Kentucky and yes it does get below freezing, but the pond does freeze to the bottom. I have goldfish in there and they do fine year round but I was wanting something with more color.

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  • Tammy - 2010-08-02
    No! They need to be 16-28°C/60-82°F (best at 24°C/75°F). Goldfish are cool water fish, whereas Paradise fish are tropical.
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Marlene - 2010-07-23
I started an aquarium about 7 months ago and decided to go with the gouramis. I included in pairs gold, opal, blue neon dwarf and paradise. I find them all fascinating, I never imagined they could be so much fun. I found the paradise (unlike the others) to set himself apart and seems to change moods from happy to depressed, he also changes colors. He will go from a regular blue, red color to almost a clear white and then change to a deep black greyish and then back to normal. This last time he changed from the dark to his regular color, half of his face did not change. He now has on one side of his face only a very dark blackish color. Can anyone tell me if this is normal?

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Jwatz - 2010-05-19
I got two of these a week ago, and they are so full of beauty and personality. I had a laser pointer and I was using it to play with my cat, but when I shined it by the tank one of the paradise fish chased it! Now I play with him using it too!

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joe - 2010-01-11
I've owned over 15 of these fish in pairs of two or three. They shake and swim in circles when a new one is introduced to the tank, which is cool. Occasionally I would get one (usually the big blues) that would make loud clicking noises (I told people it was my fish "barking"). Sometimes they would also blow bubbles out of their gills. How cool are these fish?!

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Soroush - 2009-05-11
Have you heard these fish "talking"!... I keep a pair of these fish in a large fish bowl. At night when the room is quiet, you can hear them make all kinds of noises. You can also hear them chew their food when you feed them! Since I got them last year, they have been my favorite fish.

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