Native to Southern Asia from Pakistan to Korea, several species of the tropical freshwater Gourami are popular aquarium fish. It is also one of the easier egg laying fish to breed in an aquarium.
Gourami care and breeding (spawning) requirements vary slightly from species to species, but most Gouramis have the same basic needs. If you are considering spawning your Gourami, learn the basic requirements, and then check the profile for your species to see if they have specific needs.
Gouramies and Anabantids include some of the most colourful of freshwater aquarium fishes. Most types are hardy, peaceful and very easy to care for. They also have an active and decorative manner, all this making them popular sellers. These fishes are also known as Labyrinth fish. They regularly rise to the surface to take a gulp of air and can gradually absorb the oxygen from it by means of an extra breathing organ called the labyrinth organ. This allows them to survive in waters with low oxygen levels, such as in very warm swampy areas. Many Gouramies also have long thin pelvic fins that are efficiently used as feelers.
- Species – Trichopodus trichopterus
- Common Name – Platinum Gourami
- Origin – Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Thailand
- Diet – Omnivorous
- PH Range – 6.5 – 7
- Temperature – Tropical and Coldwater 25°c – 26°c
- Breed Type – Bubble nest builder
- Maximum Size – approximately 12cm
- Sex – Un-sexed