Sparkling Dwarf Gourami (Trichopsis pumila) - Tank-Raised!
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The Sparkling Dwarf Gourami (Trichopsis pumila) is a brilliantly colored, very small labyrinth fish. Also known as the Pumilus Gourami, it inhabits many slow-moving waterways in Southeast Asia. Like all labyrinth fish, it possesses an air-breathing organ that supplements its gills and allows it to live in aquatic areas that are poor in oxygen. Its iridescent green, blue, and red spotting make it a striking addition to the nano and planted aquarium.
The Sparkling Dwarf Gourami requires an aquarium with dense vegetation and plenty of cover. A darker substrate will result in the most vivid coloration for this fish. Slow to moderate water movement is preferred, so turbulent conditions should be avoided. This fish is typically timid and peaceful with other fish, but males can be territorial with their own species. This is much less of an issue in larger aquariums. While it is possible to keep this fish with most peaceful invertebrates, it is possible that it will go after dwarf shrimp, so extreme caution is necessary.
A balanced diet for the Sparkling Dwarf Gourami should consist of algae-based flakes, carnivorous flakes, and meaty frozen foods. It is not a picky eater.
- Bright, multi-colored iridescent coloration
- Peaceful disposition
- An excellent, graceful addition to nano and planted aquariums
- Accepts a variety of dry and frozen foods
- Temperature: 72° - 82° F (22° - 28° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 7.0
- KH: 4 - 8 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 10 gallons
- Diet: Requires a diet of algae-based dry foods as well as meaty flake and frozen foods.
- Social behavior: Peaceful and timid. Can be kept in groups, but males can be territorial with one another.
- Origin: Tank-raised, but indigenous to Southeast Asia.
- Average adult size: 1.5 inches (3.8 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1/2 inch (1.3 cm)