Other Moonbeam Gourami Names:
Moonbeam Gourami, Moolight Gourami
Moonbeam Gourami Scientific Name:
Moonbeam Gourami Temperament:
Species Type: Labyrinth Fish
Moonbeam Gourami Adult Size: 6 inches (cm)
Moonbeam Gourami Life Expectancy: 10 years
Moonbeam Gourami Habitat: Lakes and Marshes in Cambodia and Thailand
Moonbeam Gourami Minimum Tank Size:
A generally peaceful fish that tends to be a bit skittish.
Moonbeam Gourami Diet & Nutrition:
Carnivorous - does well with flake or pellet foods.
Moonbeam Gourami Description:
The common name describes this peaceful labyrinth fish quite well. The Moonlight gourami is silver in color with a green or blue hue much like the color of the moon. The Moonlight Gourami is differentiated from other Gourami species by the concave slope of its head.
Native to still or slowly moving waters in Thailand and central Cambodia, the Moonlight Gourami does well in a heavily planted aquarium with soft acidic water. Sturdy vegetation such as Java Fern and Vallisneria are excellent choices. This species is well suited to a mixed community tank but may become skittsh and hide a lot in an active aquarium. Even under ideal conditions this is a fish that tends to be timid but fares well when kept only with community fish.
Like all labyrinth fish, Trichogaster microlepis has a special organ that allows it to breathe air directly. Because if this labyrinth organ, it is not unusual to see it go to the surface and gulp air. The ability to breathe air allows them to survive in very low oxygen situations. In fact, if it remains moist it can actually survive out of water for up to several hours.
Because it is so tolerant of less than perfect water, it is a good beginner fish. However the water should be changed regularly to maintain good health.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other community fish with similar water parameter recommendations.
Moonbeam Gourami Breeding & Spawning:
To help initiate breeding, you can lower the water level of the aquarium and slowly raise the temperature to 82-84 degrees. Floating plants will help the gourami find a place to lay eggs. The eggs are laid in bubble like nests in the plants.
Determining Moonbeam Gourami Sex:
Females tend to be silver in color and males tend to have more of a blue hue. The pelvic fins of the male are more red or orange and the female pelvic fin is more yellow.
Moonbeam Gourami Diseases:
None specific to species.
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