Parosphromenus paludicola

Betta's, Gouramis etc
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Hi Vale!
Very many thanks for your thoughts which agree with what I had in mind too. The caudal filaments and the way the fish interact with each other suggest they are all males. However, I can keep hoping. There's not much else to do as the chance of getting any more is slim.

It's interesting what you say about the females being the first to drop, and that's what I experienced previously with my other Paros. I don't know why, sadly. It's not something I've read about anywhere else. It's frustrating to put lots of effort into providing an ideal environment for them to breed, and then find they can't because they're all males!

I also find the 'Projekt' website rather difficult to navigate, and although I have had a couple of replies on their forum it's not very active.
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wow beautiful Paul.

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'These are great little gourami which you have nicely captured with the camera.
It's nice to see something different.'

Seconded!

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Remarkably, I now have proof that the fish are not all male. I have just spotted a juvenile in the tank!
It's about 12mm long, so it has been there for a while. Perhaps there are more? It's done well to survive the past 2 weeks when I have been away from the home and they haven't been fed, but I suspect this tank has plenty of microfauna.


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never heard of those, but lovely looking little fish. look a bit like wild bettas.

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They're very rare in the trade, not normally imported and rather fussy for maintenance and feeding. Most fish shops can't maintain them for long.
Like the wild bettas you mention, they are anabantoids and have similar breeding habits.

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That is quite strange that the females are hard to id.
Maybe all the males are in disguise mode? ;)
Or they sneaked some in while you were away......!!! :D

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What a nice surprise to find totally unexpected baby fish. :)

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Stephen wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:51 am
What a nice surprise to find totally unexpected baby fish. :)
Indeed! Perhaps not as unlikely as @Vale! 's improbability fish, but it's very nice to have some success with a Parosphromenus species.
I think this is the 14th fish species I have had breed in my magic water! Of course there are rather more which I have failed with.

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