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Pearl Gourami

Overall satisfaction

4.25/5

Acquired: Fish / pet store

Appearance

5/5

Health

2/5

Easy to Feed

4/5

Easy Environment Needs

2/5

Compatibility with other species

4/5

Compatibility with own species

3/5

Activity Level

3/5

Visibility

2/5

Breeding

3/5

Interaction with owner

3/5

More delicate and shy than other Gouramis

By

13084000, Brazil

Posted Jul 17, 2014

The Pearl Gourami is one of the most beautiful and valued Gouramis. It is much more peaceful than the trichopterus, and grows less (about 3.5 inches). However, in my experience it is not as sturdy as the other Gouramis, and sometimes presents an extremely shy behavior, spending most of his time hidden behind driftwoods and plants. Still, it is an excellent addition to Asian tropical tanks. The sexual dimorphism is easy to notice: the male has long, pointed fins, and orange belly, and the female has short, rounded fins and white belly. He’ll build bubble nests like the bettas do, but that’s as far as their similarities go: the Leerii doesn’t resist to sudden pH, temperature, ammonia and nitrites variations. The more stable his habitat is, the better. Keeping the pH neutral and the temperature around 78.8F should make him more confortable.

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