Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lalius) Fish Species Profile
The Dwarf Gourami is a majestic looking freshwater fish. They are shy and peaceful fish, very hardy and easily maintained. Because of this and their beautiful colours that make your tank stand out, they have become popular in the aquarium hobby.
If you own a pair of them, the two fish will happily swim together.
Dwarf gouramis are considered labyrinth fish; this means they breathe right from the air with their lung-like labyrinth organ and will need to have access to the water's surface.
Dwarf Gouramis are one of the smallest species of the gouramis. There are many colour variants, including blue, neon, rainbow, red, and honey.
|Scientific Name||Trichogaster lalius|
|Other Names||Flame Gourami, Powder Blue Gourami, Red Gourami, Sunset Gourami|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Best kept as||Pairs|
|Lifespan||up to 5 year|
|Maximum Size||up to 8 cm|
|Temperature||72 - 82 ℉ (22.2 - 27.8 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||4 - 10|
Dwarf Gouramis can be found in the slow-flowing, thickly vegetated beds in ponds, rivers, canals, and lakes in West Bengal, Assam, and Bangladesh, in India.
Monsoon season allows them to explore new territories by creating small seasonal pools perfect for breeding.
They are used to a lot of light, nutrients and heat in these small temporary pools, which make them a beautiful place to live. When the season is over, fish swim back to their permanent habitats.
Dwarf Gouramis will happily eat all sorts of foods, pretty much anything that will fit in their mouth. They will accept flakes, frozen foods, freeze-dried food, vegetable tablets and algae wafers.
To preserve good health and colour, enhance their diet with intermittent feedings of live foods.