Opaline Gourami

Opaline Gourami

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Trichopodus trichopterus

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Synonyms



Labrus trichopterus, Trichogaster trichopterus,
Trichopus trichopterus, Trichopus sepat, Osphromenus siamensis, Osphromenus
insulatus



Distribution



Lowland wetlands, marshes and swamps in Cambodia,
Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan.



Sexual Dimorphism



Males have a longer and more pointed dorsal fin.



Maximum Size



15cm (6?)



Water Parameters



Will acclimatise to a wide range of conditions.
pH: 6-8, dH: 5-20 degrees.



Temperature



22-28 deg C (72-82 deg F)



Compatibility



Large fish community



Lighting



No special requirements


 

Care

Opaline Gouramis can be relatively peaceful if kept with
similar sized tankmates. They are not, however, suitable for housing with small
fish (e.g. Neon Tetras) as they are likely to end up on the gourami's menu.
Males can be quite aggressive towards one another, so it is important to keep a
group to spread the aggression. The aquarium should be over 36? in length, with
a good amount of aquatic planting to provide shelter and food. Other colour
strains of this species are available to the aquarist: the Gold Gourami and the
Three Spot Gourami.

 

Feeding

An omnivorous species which should be offered a varied diet
consisting of a good quality flake food, green flake food, and frozen foods
such as mosquito larvae, brineshrimp etc. This species should also be allowed
to graze on soft fine-leaved plants.

 

Breeding

This egg-laying species can be bred successfully in the
aquarium. Males build a bubble nest at the waters surface and initiate
spawning. As soon as the eggs have been fertilised, the male usually gathers
them up and places them in the nest. The female should be removed immediately
after spawning has ceased as the male will continually try and drive her away,
causing her much stress in the closed environment of an aquarium. The male will
tend to the eggs until they hatch and the fry are free-swimming.