Species group: Gouramis
Other common names: Dwarf Red Gourami; Powder Blue Gourami
Scientific name: Colisa lalia
The Dwarf Gourami is native to slow moving streams in South Asia. Dwarf Gouramis are popular because they are hardy and one of few fish that come in the color blue.
Dwarf Gouramis are easy to feed because they will eat flakes, pellets, and a variety of frozen foods. The only challenge with keeping Dwarf Gouramis is making sure to put them in a large enough tank since they get bigger than most community fish.
There are a number of color hybrids such as blue or powder blue, neon, rainbow, and red or blushing Gouramis. The powder blue fish are principally blue with hardly any red on its body. Neons boast of a brighter blue pattern than the commonly found blue. Rainbows are spectacular with brilliant orange-red bodies and blue stripes. Added to this is a metallic green-gold sheen. The red variety sports a solid red color all over with blue dorsal fins.
Dwarf Gouramis are considered peaceful but can bully smaller fish sometimes. Gouramis can be territorial and aggressive to their own kind so they are best kept one to tank. These fish do well with other mid-sized peaceful fish like tetras, live bearers and bottom cleaners.
Dwarf Gouramis need a minimum of 30 gallons. There should be plenty of vegetation in the tank like floating plants that cover part of the surface of the water and decorations that they can explore. A low flow filter works best to mimic their natural habitat.
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Beautiful addition to aquarium
I I bought a book to help care for my fish and ensure I had the right environment. I definitely recommend having a background knowledge about caring for fish before investing in a bunch of random fish and then not having a successful tank. After research I went with the ornamental theme and bought 2 dwarf gouramis and then bought fish that were compatible. You need at least two since they are social fish. They are hardy for the most part and as long as they have the right living conditions they survived for over a year for me..
From Dmlydic Jun 8 2017 12:09AM