I was going to put this in the Wild Betta forum considering how close the Macropodus and Betta are but I wasn't sure.
I feel like this would be a good topic for wild betta keepers though so if you have any experience, i'd appreciate advice.
I've had a hard time finding good information on the species. I've kept the more common species of paradise, as well as quite a few wild gourami species but these guys are something else.
First I tried keeping them as a pair and that was going great until tonight when the male decided he wanted to breed and the female decided absolutely not. Neither of them were ready to breed imo, the female is still terrified of her own shadow and way to skinny. I only got her a week and a half ago. The male didn't like that and started harassing her so I divided the tank.
Now, I started them off in a nice well cycled tank with some Hegeli rasbora which ended with 6 dead rasbora within the first hour of the pair being introduced. They also killed an otto and some nerite snails. I've had aggressive paradise before, but this is a little extreme. The only thing doing well is a trapdoor snail.
On top of this all, they are extremely cautious fish. The female has been hiding since day one. I keep adding more plants to fill in the tank. It's maxed out right now so i'm hoping with all the plants and being separated from the male, she will start coming around.
There is a ton of varied info on tank specs for these guys so I went ahead and threw together my own specs based of their natural habitat and similar species. The PH is 6.5, im keeping the temp at 75f, and the water is tanin stained. I'm using high lights to grow all the plants but i have some dwarf lilies that cover a bunch of surface area to provide cover.
I think I was a little naive initially because my other paradise, a common Albino male, is a total sweetheart and doesn't bother anyone. He has a 6.5 jungle with some green cobra endlers and red cherry shrimp(how he doesn't attack them is beyond me)
If anyone has any ideas, theories, sources, or general advice for keeping these two wild kids i'll be forever grateful. As it is, they have earned their names Bonnie and Clyde.
Here's a few pics of what im working with (and the tank, pre-divide)
The male (females are the same with shorter fins)
And a freebie of the softie, Simon