Pearl Gourami (Trichopodus Leerii) Fish Species Profile
Pearl Gouramis are one of the most common and popular fish to keep in an aquarium. They are hardy, peaceful, adaptable are slow-moving and thrive the best with similar sized fish that do not fin nip or too active.
You can keep a group of females together, but the males need to be minimal, or they will fight
Their bodies are a brownish-silver colour, covered in a pearl-like pattern with a distinct black line running from the fish's head, and gradually thinning towards the tail. They have a stunning collection of white spots across their body and large, delicate fins.
They have a labyrinth organ that acts like a lung, which allows them to breathe air at the surface.
|Scientific Name||Trichopodus Leerii|
|Other Names||Lace gourami, Mosaic gourami, Leeri gourami|
|Origins||Soth East Asia|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Lifespan||3 - 4 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 12 cm|
|Temperature||72 - 82 ℉ (22.2 - 27.8 ℃)|
|PH||5.0 - 8.0|
|GH||3 - 8|
|KH||3 - 8|
|TDS||50 - 150|
The pearl gourami is native to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia on the islands of Sumatra, and Borneo.
They inhabit in slow-moving swamps, rivers, marshes or shallow tropical waters with acidic water. This fish prefers to stay on the top to middle levels of the water.
Pearl gouramis will thrive on flakes, granules and pellets.
Live and frozen food can be given as a treat or to help induce spawning, remember their mouths are quite small so it should be small enough to fit in them. They will also eat algae-based flakes or pellets.
Green vegetables are good to add to vary up the diet.