Moonlight Gourami (Trichopodus microlepis) Fish Species Profile
The Moonlight Gourami is a hardy aquarium fish for both beginners and experienced fish keepers. This fish has a nervous nature when first introduced into a new setting but once settled these fish are active. They can adapt and thrive under a broad range of water conditions as long as they are provided with plenty of vegetation and hiding spots.
Apart from tiny fish, these Gouramis can be mixed with significantly smaller or quiet and peaceful larger fish, making them an excellent addition to most community aquariums.
Like other Labyrinth fish, the Moonlight Gourami has a unique lung-like organ that permits it to inhale air straightforwardly. As a result of this organ, it isn't surprising to see it go to the surface and swallow air. The ability to inhale air permits this Gourami to get by in low oxygen circumstances. Indeed, if it stays clammy, it can make do out of water for as long as a few hours.
The Moonlight Gouramis are silvery coloured with a slightly greenish tone similar to the soft glow of moonlight. They are flat and long and have concavely sloped heads that differentiate it from other Gourami species. The males can be recognised by the rosy orange tinge of the pelvic balances, just as the long dorsal blades which close in a point. In females, the pelvic fins are colourless to yellow, and the dorsal fins are shorter and rounder.
|Scientific Name||Trichopodus microlepis|
|Other Names||Moonbeam Gourami|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||up to 4 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 15 cm|
|Temperature||77 - 86 ℉ (25 - 30 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||2 - 25|
Origins of the Moonlight Gourami
The Moonlight Gourami is found in the tropical areas of Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. It favours shallow, still or slowly moving waters with plenty of vegetation such as swamps, ponds, bogs and lakes. These fish are also found in the floodplains of the Mekong River.
Because it has been reproduced in captivity in several parts of the world, and have gotten away from breeders they have become an obtrusive species in both Columbia and Singapore. This species is also cultivated for food in Southeast Asia.
The moonlight gourami will happily accept most food offered and are not particularly fussy. This species of Gourami will eat granules, flakes, frozen, and live food.
Serving a good variety of live and flake foods will help ensure optimum health. If you have a community tank with other large fish, make sure they are not scaring the Moonlight Gourami away from the food as this fish is hesitant and will not battle for its supper, regardless of whether it is ravenous.