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Pearl Gourami

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Fish / pet store

Appearance

4/5

Health

3/5

Easy to Feed

4/5

Easy Environment Needs

5/5

Compatibility with other species

5/5

Compatibility with own species

5/5

Activity Level

3/5

Visibility

5/5

Breeding

4/5

Interaction with owner

3/5

Pearl Gourami - Beautiful but very docile. Needs peaceful tank mates.

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United States

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Pearl Gouramis are some of the most graceful and striking fish you can keep! They are have a beautiful shimmery pearlescent coloration to them and they can easily be the showcase to any peaceful community tank.

The Pearl Gourami are very passive and a bit fragile. They will NOT tolerate being in a tank with even fast swimming non-aggressive tank mates let along aggressive ones. It’s best to place them in a heavily planted tank of 30 gallons or more (they grow up to 4 inches in length) with either much smaller tank mates or ones that are at least as slow and peaceful as the Pearl Gourami.

Like all Gouramis, the Pearl Gourami can breathe air to get oxygen so you will see them going up to the surface of the water and gulping air. The Pearl Gourami is not super fussy about tank conditions – it’s WAY more important to keep them from stressing over fast or aggressive tank mates – but they are sensitive to strong currents so you need to make sure your filtration isn’t blasting through your tank like a fire house. They breed reasonably well under these ideal conditions and will build the famous bubble nest

Pearl Gouramis when stressed will stop eating, lose color and eventually die. They don’t require much in the way of maintenance or special diets but they DO require some advanced planning of your community tank for them to do well. I have had many of them over the years and they were always kept in very peaceful community tanks and were an excellent addition that proved to be fun and calming to watch.

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