Powder Blue Gourami
Other Powder Blue Gourami Names:
Powder Blue Gourami, Coral Blue Dwarf Gourami, Dwarf Gourami, Neon Dwarf Gourami, Sunset Dwarf Gourami
Powder Blue Gourami Scientific Name:
Colisa lalia, Trichogaster lalius, richopodus lalius
Powder Blue Gourami Temperament:
Species Type: Labyrinth Fish
Powder Blue Gourami Adult Size: 3.5 inches (cm)
Powder Blue Gourami Life Expectancy: 5 years
Powder Blue Gourami Habitat: Ganges Delta, India
Powder Blue Gourami Minimum Tank Size:
Generally peaceful but two or males may fight with one another. If keeping multiple males, a larger tank should be used to minimize territorial disputes.
Powder Blue Gourami Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - their diet should be varied and include fresh zucchini, lettuce, peas, spinach, live brine shrimp, bloodworms, glass worms, tubifex worms and frozen, freeze dried and flakes. A varying diet is very important to the Powder Blue Gourami.
Powder Blue Gourami Description:
The Powder Blue Gourami is one of several different color varieties of the Dwarf Gourami. Aside from their coloration they are the same as far as their temperament and care requirements.
Powder Blue Gouramis are peaceful fish that do well in most community aquariums. They are usually found swimming on the middle to top regions of the aquarium. This is not surprising since, like all Gouramis, the Power Blue Gourami is a labrinyth breather. That is, they can breathe oxygen from the air through their labyrinth (like the Betta) if necessary. Therefore, it is important that the surface of the water be exposed to fresh air. This is usually accomplished by useing a hood that allows air ventilation. If you are using good air pumps this is not always needed, since the air pumps will refresh the air above the water.
Powder Blue Gouramis are attractive fish. They have an almost translucent blue color, with vertical red to dark orange stripes.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Does well with most community fish.
Powder Blue Gourami Breeding & Spawning:
Use a breeding tank with the following parameters: 77°F, pH 6,5-7,0, dH 4-10, well-planted, lid closed, ideally with daphnia for natural filtering. Condition the breeding pair with (see FAQ) then raise temp. to 28C over a few days to trigger breeding. After nesting the female will be chased away and must be taken out. After the eggs have hatched (1-2 days), take out the male. Feed the fry with soluble baby fish food for 4 days, then use smallest size artemia twice a day. Dust food only works later on.
Determining Powder Blue Gourami Sex:
Males tend to be more brightly colored.
Middle to top of aquarium
Powder Blue Gourami Diseases:
None specific to species
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