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Moonlight gourami



Picture of Moonlight gourami

Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans

Common name:Moonlight gourami, Moonbeam gourami, Thin-lipped gourami
Scientific name:Trichogaster microlepis
Synonyms:(none)
Size:Up to 6" (15cm).
Origin:Southeast Asia
Tank setup:Planted tank with gentle circulation and some floating plants.
Compatibility:Normally quite peaceful, but may become territorial with other gouramies or similar fish.
Temperature:25-29oC (77-84oF)
Water chemistry:Not critical: soft to medium hard, pH 6.2-7.8
Feeding:Omnivorous, most foods accepted - feed flake and granular foods, supplemented with frozen/live foods.
Sexing:Pelvic fins of males may show orange-red colour, in females it is yellow.
Breeding:Bubble nest builder. The male will care for the fry for the first few days.
Comments: Although not as colourful as other members of the genus, this is still a striking fish. A well planted tank with other peaceful and slow-swimming species is ideal.

 

 

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