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Blue/Three-spot gourami

Picture of Blue gourami Picture of Gold gourami
Blue and Golden colour forms.
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:Blue gourami, Two/Three-spot gourami, Opaline gourami, Gold gourami, etc.
Scientific name:Trichogaster trichopterus
Size:Up to 6" (15cm), but usually smaller.
Origin:S.E. Asia
Tank setup:Planted tank with gentle circulation and some floating plants.
Compatibility:Can be territorial with other gouramies, and sometimes with other tankmates.
Temperature:22-28oC (72-82oF)
Water chemistry:Not critical: soft to medium hard, pH 6.0-8.5
Feeding:Omnivorous, most foods accepted - use flake and granular foods as a staple supplemented with frozen/live foods.
Sexing:Males have a pointed dorsal fin.
Breeding:Bubble nest builder. Pairs may become aggressive towards tankmates when spawning.
Generally easy to breed. Remove female after spawning, as the male will guard the bubble-nest and fry.
Comments: This is a hardy fish which will tolerate a range of conditions. They have been bred in several colour forms, hence the multitude of common names.




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