Banded Gourami (Trichogaster fasciata)
Banded Gouramis are a shy, peaceful species that make an excellent addition to most peaceful community aquariums; however, they can be aggressive when spawning, although males will usually only squabble amongst themselves or fish that are similarly coloured. These fish are best maintained in pairs; however, if you have a large enough aquarium, a small group of five or six will be ok also.
Banded Gouramis will get along fine with Barbs, Danios, Rasboras, Loaches and Catfish. In a large aquarium, you can house these Gouramis with other Gourami species; however, they have been known to hybridize with Thick Lipped Gouramis. Banded Gouramis are very timid; they scare easily and take some time to adapt to conditions in the aquarium; therefore, you should choose their tank mates carefully.
Banded Gouramis do best in a quiet, dimly lit, heavily planted aquarium with plenty of floating plants for shade. In addition, you should provide a sandy substrate or fine dark gravel alongside some driftwood branches and roots to give these fish plenty of places to hide.
Banded Gouramis do not appreciate bright lighting or strong currents, so only provide them with enough light for the plants to grow and keep the water movement to a minimum. These Gouramis prefer slightly acidic water but are tolerant to a wide range of water conditions.
Male Banded Gouramis have an orange body colour with iridescent blue stripes. In addition, their caudal fin has blue spots at the base and bright red spots towards the end. The anal fin is iridescent blue and has red edges at the end of the spines, and adult males develop pointed anal and dorsal fins. You will find several colour variations of this fish, depending on their geographical location. Females have the same basic colour patterns as males but, like the Dwarf Gourami, are a more pale greyish colour. Females also have more rounded fins compared to the pointed fins of males.
|Scientific Name||Trichogaster fasciata|
|Other Names||Striped Gourami|
|Origins||Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Pairs|
|Lifespan||5 - 8 years|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||5 - 15|
|72 - 82℉|
22.2 - 27.8℃
In the home aquarium, the Banded Gourami will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.
Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.
It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.
This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.
10 interesting tank mate ideas for the Banded Gourami could include:
It is relatively straightforward to differentiate between male and female Banded Gouramis. Males are far more colourful than females and develop pointed anal and dorsal fins as they mature and are usually slightly larger than females. In contrast, females are duller, are somewhat smaller than males and have rounded fins rather than pointed.