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Dtld9 05-21-2008 03:31 PM

sexing paradise
How do you sex a paradise gourami? Also what could I put with these guys in a 29G?

herefishy 05-22-2008 10:22 AM

Finnage on the males is exaggerated, longer and usually has long "trailers". The male will also color up more when in breeding dress.

I find it had to sex juvies and young adults, but I'm sure that keep them and breed them could sex them at much smaller sizes that I can

Dtld9 05-22-2008 02:09 PM

Well they are albino so I guess the coloring thing isn't gonna work so well lol. What would make good tank mates?

stephenmontero 05-22-2008 02:29 PM

that would depend on the size of the tank how big is the tank?

Dtld9 05-23-2008 08:17 AM

29 gallons

Jacko 05-23-2008 08:40 PM

What do you currently have in that tank? How many paradisefish? Any pictures of the paradise?

Pretty much, male paradisefish have longer fins, I have seen females with the same amount of coloring as males. I currently have a blue and a black paradisefish and both are males.

You can do most peaceful, non nipping tetras/rasboras/barbs, like a school of 6 to 8 depending on species and size. What is it that you like? I could suggest things until my head falls off, but it is helpful to know if you have an idea or preferance to a fish already. You could do a school of corys or similar small bottom dwellers.

Dtld9 05-24-2008 10:24 AM

I've gotten 3 paradise' and now 5 panda cories I was thinking along the line of neons. The gouramis get along well for now but I do have plenty of plants for them to distinguish territories in case they happen to be male. There fins don't seem as long as some paradise' that I've seen before so I'm hoping they are female. I was thinking of adding around 6 neons (after a couple eweeks). This won't overcroud me will it?

okiemavis 05-24-2008 10:45 AM

You should add some more cories! 5 isn't a bad group size, but the larger it gets, the happier they'll be. Generally it's recommended to keep 6+ cories.

Jacko 05-24-2008 01:07 PM


Originally Posted by okiemavis
You should add some more cories! 5 isn't a bad group size, but the larger it gets, the happier they'll be. Generally it's recommended to keep 6+ cories.

Especially when it is panda cories or similar small cories, they really do a ton better in groups of around 8 than 6, and the more the merrier. However, the larger species of cories such as aenus are fine in groups around 5 or 6, because they are large enough not to have to worry about so much. That is what I have learned from a cory expert lady, but I have seen it with my melinistus being fine with just aenus but my hasbrosus were shy as heck in a group of 5 so I upped it to 8 and they were doing alot better.

Neons should work out just fine, but if I were you I would get black neon tetras, they are wider bodied and can withstand any onslaught of a paradisefish much better than a neon tetra. Also, they tend to be more active IMO.

okiemavis 05-24-2008 01:49 PM

Wild caught also tend to me a lot shyer (as they are aware that predators actually exist!). Pandas are almost always captive bred just for reference.

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