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Pearl gourami

Picture of Pearl gourami, male Picture of Pearl gourami, female
Male (left) and Female (right) Pearl Gouramies
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:Pearl gourami, Lace gourami, Mosaic gourami
Scientific name:Trichogaster leeri
Synonyms:Trichopodus leeri
Size:Up to 5" (12.5cm)
Origin:Southeast Asia: penisular Malaysia, Thailand, Borneo, Sumatra
Tank setup:Planted tank with gentle circulation and some floating plants and/or tall plants that reach the surface.
Compatibility:Normally quite peaceful, but may become territorial with other gouramies or similar fish.
Temperature:23-28oC (73-82oF)
Water chemistry:Not critical: soft to medium hard, pH 6.0-7.8, but soft and acidic water preferred.
Feeding:Omnivorous, most foods accepted - feed a vaired diet of flake/granular foods plus treat foods such as frozen/live foods occasionally.
Sexing:Males have a pointed dorsal fin and extended fin rays on anal fin. Males in breeding colour also show more red on the underside.
Breeding:Bubble nest builder. Pairs may become aggressive towards tankmates when spawning.
Comments: In full breeding colour, this fish is very striking and surely amongst the most beautiful of freshwater tropical fish.




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