Species group: Gouramis
Other common names: Pygmy Gourami
Scientific name: Trichopsis pumila
The Sparkling Gourami is a species of dwarf Gourami which is native to slow moving, heavily vegetated waters in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and northern Indonesia. It is a small and peaceful fish, which feeds on small insects, invertebrates and zooplankton. Like other Gouramis, Trichopsis pumila possesses a labyrinth organ that enables it to absorb atmospheric oxygen directly into the bloodstream.
The Sparkling Gourami is a colorful fish, and appears in rainbow-loike red, green and blue shades.
Sparkling Gourami have shy and peaceful temperaments. They are not schooling fish, but do well when kept in small groups. Incompatible tank mates are large or aggressive fish.
Sparkling Gourami do well in community aquariums because of their peaceful nature. The recommended minimum tank size is 20 gallons (71 liters). There should be plenty of vegetation in the tank. Floating plants that cover part of the surface of the water are suitable. Dark gravel may be added to the water to bring out the coloration of the males.
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