The paradise gourami, also known as the Macropodus opercularis, is an East Asian labyrinth fish, commonly known as the paradise fish. Paradise fish are distinguished by their bright orange coloration with striking blue stripes and long fins.
Paradise fish are best kept in an aquarium stocked specifically for them, as they are more aggressive than most gouramis and are known to harass and fight other fish to death. Male paradise fish can live with females but never with other males, and females can live in groups with other females or with a single male. Community tanks can include fast-moving fish over 1 inch in length such as giant danios, bigger species of tetras and occasionally cichlids, such as firemouths.