Type of paradise fish.
IUCN Red List: LC
Native to central vietnam particularly the Thu Bồn River system in Quảng Nam province, and the Hương (aka Perfume) River basin in Thừa Thiên-Huế province,.
Like the name suggest, the Black paradise fish is a dark colored gourami like fish with beautiful black outline on the fishes scales. Males have extended anal dorsal and caudal fins while females have a much rounder body. Unlike bettas, these fish tolerate their peers and usually establish a pecking order in groups. A pair can be kept together in a 10 to 20-gallon tank. They are also very hardy and tolerant of different water temperatures making them great beginner fish.
Temperament: Somewhat territorial, but can be kept in groups as long as there’s enough space. We recommend a pair per 5 gallons of water.
Maximum Size: 5 inches (including tail)
Diet: Readily take dried foods.
TDS ~ 60 + (can tolerate high tds water)
pH ~ 6.0 -7.8 (water quality isn't that important)
Temperature: 70 - 83F (does well in cooler temp, but higher temp induce coloration and breeding behaviors)
Diet: Carnivorous, we currently feed them blackworms, frozen bloodworms and pellets.
Breeding: Bubble nester