Photos © Sean Evans
Left: Pair of Dwarf gouramies, with plainer silver female below a banded variety male.
Right: Male, 'blood red' variety
|Common name:||Dwarf gourami|
|Scientific name:||Colisa lalia|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank with gentle circulation and some floating plants.|
|Compatibility:||Normally peaceful, but may become territorial with other gouramies or similar fish.|
|Water chemistry:||Good water quality required, soft to medium hard, pH 6.5-7.5|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous, most foods accepted, include plenty of vegetable matter.|
|Sexing:||Males are generally larger, and more colourful; females tend to be silvery.|
|Breeding:||Bubble nest builder. Remove female after spawning.
The male will guard the eggs and fry, and should be removed when they are free swimming.|
Best kept in pairs in a peaceful, well planted aquarium. A variety of colour forms have been produced, including
'Blood red' (pictured), 'Neon blue', etc.
The captive-bred stock currently available seem quite prone to internal problems such as Dropsy. To minimise the chances of this,
maintain excellent water quality and feed a varied diet.