Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lalius) Fish Species Profile
The Powder Blue dwarf Gourami is the attractive colour morph of the Dwarf Gourami.
They have a labyrinth organ, which is part of the fish, allowing it to absorb atmospheric oxygen into the blood directly.
The Powder Blue Gourami is a peaceful, shy and hardy fish that is a suitable choice for the beginner aquarist. They are relatively undemanding as long the tank is properly set-up and maintained. These fish are prone to disease if the water quality is not kept up, so their tank does need regular maintenance. The location of the tank is essential too. These fish will become nervous and will feel anxious if their tanks are in noisy places or there is heavy traffic around the tanks.
Powder Blue Gouramis have oval-shaped bodies that are somewhat compressed. Their fins are round and relatively large. The ventral fins are threadlike and contain touch-sensitive cells that are remarkably perceptive. They have a fantastic iridescent powder blue primary colour with very few vertical red stripes.
|Scientific Name||Trichogaster lalius|
|Other Names||Coral Blue Dwarf Gourami, Blue Dwarf Gourami.|
|Aquarium Level||All Levels|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||4 - 7 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 7.5 cm|
|Temperature||72 - 82 ℉ (22.2 - 27.8 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|GH||5 - 18|
|TDS||50 - 140|
Origins of the Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami
The Powder Blue Gourami is found in Pakistan through Thailand, the Malaysian Archipelago, Vietnam, Korea, Japan and China in Southeast Asia.
They inhabit slow-moving streams, creeks, irrigation channels, rice fields and other agricultural lands. They fundamentally occur in areas with dense vegetation.
A varied diet is essential to the Powder Blue Gourami. They prefer both meaty foods and algae-based foods. An algae-based flake food, along with freeze-dried artemia, bloodworms and tubifex will provide these fish with proper nutrition.