Dwarf Gouramis

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Having peaceful and timid temperaments they will enjoy a dense plant aquarium with plenty of hiding places. Aquatic plants such as Broad-leaved Dwarf Amazon Sword, Brasilian Water Ivy, Water Stargrass, Christmas Tree Plant, Mayaca fluviatilis and Red Amazon are good choices to décor their new home. The ideal water temperature is 77 F (25 C). Gouramis are very sensitive to noise, before introducing them make sure your tank is kept in a quiet location.

When it comes to sharing the aquarium the ideal tankmates are in my opinion livebearers, danios, tetras and corys. Avoid mixing them with fellow gouramis (other than dwarfs), since they are larger and very aggressive towards their own species, this applies in particular to Blue gouramis. Betta males are not a good choice either, you can try rainbows and even one or two angelfish. I personally did not enjoy mixing them with Barbs. Gouramis are omnivorous and should be fed a combination of meat and veggie based foods.

One day you may find your fish acting in some strange manner. It all starts with some sticky bubbles coming from its mouth, which may lead you to conclude that your pet is sick. No worries, you’ve done a good job taking care of your gourami family and as result they are ready to increase their numbers.

When ready to spawn the male will start building a bubble nest, as the work progresses, the proud male will chase the female in an effort to draw her towards its creation. Once the nest has been completed according to the female’s high demands (by this time chances are the bubbles have spread to the entire tank) and she approves of it, a wonderful courtship will take place beneath the bubbles, where both fish embrace each other for few hours, ending with the female releasing her precious eggs about a dozen, followed by another 300 eggs, and in some cases where more than one female is present, up to 800 eggs during several days of repeated courtships.

Tiny brown spots will appear inside the nest announcing the arrival of the newly hatched fry, which will develop safely under the bubble’s protected zone. After 2-3 days the fry will start to swim outside the nest, this is a good time to carefully remove the adults from the aquarium to stop them from eating their young.
With an average life-span of 4 years, you will have enough time to learn and care for these wonderful aquatic pets!

Compatible: Tetras, Rasboras, Loaches, Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Livebearers, Corydoras, Discus, Angels, Barbs, Rainbowfish, Plecos, and Scavenger Catfish of similar size.

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