Albino Paradise Gourami | Dwarf | Adult
- Minimum Tank Size: 15 gallons (57 L)
- Substrate Type: Any
- Lighting Needs: Moderate – normal lighting
- Temperature: 60.8° to 82.4° F (16.0° to 28.0° C)
- Range ph: 5.8 – 8
- Hardness Range: 4-10 dGH
- Brackish: No
- Water Movement: Moderate
- Water Region: Mid & Top areas of the aquarium.
The Albino Paradise Fish is the albino form of the Paradise Fish which is found across a considerably wide range of southeast Asia. In China, it is found from the east in the Yangtze river basin to the Pearl River basin, in Hong Kong, and on Hainan Island. It also occurs in Taiwan, northern and central Vietnam, northeastern Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Japan, the Ryukyu Islands, and Korea. Males are larger than females and are brighter with stronger color patterns. Their fins are also longer and larger. Paradise fish are not good tank mates with fish their size, in fact, they are downright nasty, they rip tails and sometimes kill other smaller fish. They really prefer to live alone, but will accept some other species of fish as long as they are larger and non-aggressive. Similar to bettas indisposition, they are belligerent and predatory. In a community setting, this fish needs to be the dominant species and should not be kept with other robust fish that may compete for control. It will fight with other dominant fish, or if the others are larger and aggressive it will hide, and often succumb to stress. Young paradise fish can be kept in groups, but as they mature the males become combative with other males and any small fish can become a snack. Males generally do not get along together unless the tank is very large with lots of decor for hiding and retreat. Males should be kept apart or they will engage in aggressive combat, locking jaws, and damaging one another. If keeping a small group, it is best to keep them as a male and female pair in their own tank, or you can try to keep a group of females together. They are considered labyrinth fish, which means they breathe straight from the air with a lung-like labyrinth organ and need to have access to the water’s surface. If you proceed to breed this species, their complex bubble nests display impressive construction instincts.
Scientific Name: Macropodus Opercularis sp. Albino
Adult Size of fish – inches: 2 – 3 Inches
Lifespan: 8 – 10 years
Aquarium Hardiness: hardy
Aquarist Experience Level: Basic