Three Spot Gourami (Trichopodus trichopterus) Fish Species Profile
The Three Spot Gourami is calm, and a laid back species full of personality and playfulness, and they will express minimal amounts of aggression. They are easy to care for, as they are hardy and can adapt to a variety of different water conditions; this makes them an excellent addition to many community aquariums.
The Three Spot Gourami has a greyish-blue body and gets its name from the ornamental black dots that run horizontally. What is lightly confusing is the fact that you can only visually see two dots and not three like its name. There are two spots in the midsection of their body, but the eye is considered the third spot.
|Scientific Name||Trichopodus trichopterus|
|Other Names||Blue Gourami, Two Spot Gourami, Hairfin gourami|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||up to 5 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 15 cm|
|Temperature||75 - 86 ℉ (23.9 - 30 ℃)|
|PH||5.5 - 8.5|
|GH||3 - 35|
Origins of the Three Spot Gourami
You can find the Three Spot Gouramis in Sumatra, Java, Borneo in Indonesia as well as Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Singapore in Southeast Asia.
These fish inhabit still, sluggish, slow-moving waters in swamps, marshes, lowland wetlands and canals covered in dense vegetation.
Upon flood season they will migrate from permanent water bodies to flooded areas, such as seasonally swamped forests in the middle and lower Mekong. During the dry season, they will return to these permanent water bodies.
The Three Spot Gourami is unfussy and will accept most foods offered.
A bulk of their diet should consist of algae, flake food or granules, but you will also need to provide them with some live food once in a while. The most popular choices are bloodworms, artemia and mosquito larvae.