Male Dwarf Gourami

Male Dwarf Gourami 5cm

Male Coral Blue Dwarf Gourami

Male Coral Blue Dwarf Gourami 5cm

Male Flame Dwarf Gourami

Male Flame Dwarf Gourami 5cm

Male Dwarf Gourami 5cm

Trichogaster Lalia

The bright vivid colours of the Male Dwarf Gourami are among the brightest of freshwater fishes, making them an extremely popular addition to most tropical aquariums. 

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The vivid colours of the Dwarf Gourami male are among the brightest of freshwater fishes. An ideal community fish, they are extremely popular. The wild form has also been developed into a number of colourful variations, adding to the appeal of this lovely fish. Native to northern India, males grow to about 6cm.

Gouramis and Anabantids are attractive aquarium fish. Gouramis live for about four years but with proper care can live longer.

Gouramis are peaceful fish that do well in most community aquaria. They require a tank that is 40 litres or larger. They are usually found swimming on the middle to top regions of the aquarium. This is not surprising since the Gourami is a labyrinth fish. That is, Gouramis can breathe oxygen from the air through their Labyrinth (organ) (like the Betta) if necessary. It is important, therefore that the surface of the water be exposed to fresh air. This is usually accomplished by using a hood that allows air ventilation. If you are using good air pumps, this is not always needed, since the air pumps will refresh the air above the water.

The aquarium should be heavily planted and have at least part of the surface covered with floating plants. A darker substrate will help show-off the gourami's colors, and peat filtration is recommended. Gouramis should not be kept with large, aggressive fish, but are compatible with other small, peaceful fish as well as with fellow gouramis. Loud noises often scare them, so the tank should be in a quiet area. Regular water changes are a must.

Gouramis are tolerant of fairly high temperature. Temperatures of 29 ?C are easily tolerated.
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Scientific Name Trichogaster Lalia
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