Blue Gourami

Other Blue Gourami Names: Blue Gourami, Three Spot Gourami, Opaline Gourami

Blue Gourami Scientific Name: Trichogaster trichopterus

Blue Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus))

Temperature Range: 73°F-82°F
pH Range: 6-8.4
Hardness Range: 5-35°

Family: Belontiidae

Species Type: Labyrinth Fish

Blue Gourami Adult Size: 4.5 inches (cm)

Blue Gourami Life Expectancy: 6 years

Blue Gourami Habitat: Lakes in Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and Vietnam

Blue Gourami Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Blue Gourami Temperament: Mildly Aggressive

Blue Gourami Diet & Nutrition: These are exceptionally easy fish to feed, as they will accept virtually any foods, from flake to freeze-dried, to live foods. They will consume hydra voraciously, and are prized for their ability to eliminate this pest from the home aquarium.

Blue Gourami Description: The blue gourami is a robust fish that should be kept with other hardy, but mildly aggressive, community tank fishes. When kept with active, aggressive fishes it will often retreat to a corner and hide. House only one male per aquarium, as they have a tendency to fight with one another. They should be housed in larger tanks (i.e., 30 gallons or more) that are densely planted with live plants, such as Hygrophila and Limnophila on the sides and back of the tank, as well as floating plants like Riccia. Artificial plants are also acceptable. Provide lots of hiding places for the female in the form of rocks and driftwood, and leave plenty of swimming area in the center to accommodate their lively antics. These fish are accomplished jumpers, so a tight-fitting cover is a must. The blue gourami accepts a wide range of foods, including small live foods, such as bloodworms, Tubifex worms, earthworms, glass worms and brine shrimp, as well as flake and freeze-dried foods. Supplement with vegetable matter in the form of Spirulina-based foods or parboiled vegetables, such as romaine lettuce, zucchini or peas.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Community fish or other midly aggressive fish with similar water requirements

Blue Gourami Breeding & Spawning: Sexes are primarily differentiated by the shape of the dorsal fin, which is long and pointed in males, compared to the females' shorter rounded dorsal. Females that are prepared for spawning will show a pronounced swelling in the breast area, while the male will have a far more slender girth. Both sexes display a much deeper blue color during breeding periods.

Determining Blue Gourami Sex: Males have longer, more pointed dorsal fins.

Aquarium Region: Middle to top of the tank

Blue Gourami Diseases: None specific to species

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