Trichogaster lalius

"Red Flame Dwarf Gourami"

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Male Only. The dwarf gourami (Trichogaster lalius) is a species of gourami native to South Asia.

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The dwarf gourami (Trichogaster lalius) is a species of gourami native to South Asia, originating in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.It inhabits slow-moving waters in rivulets, streams and lakes, occurring in areas with plentiful vegetation. This species can reach a length of 3.5 inches (TL). Sex can be determined by the dorsal fin. The male’s dorsal fin is pointed, while the female’s is rounded or curved. They carry touch-sensitive cells on their thread-like pelvic fins. Dwarf gouramis sold in fish stores may also be solid colors (e.g., powder blue dwarf gourami or red flame variety) which are captive bred color morphs of the same species.

Most dwarf gouramis live for about four to six years; with proper care, they can live longer. Dwarf gouramis are generally peaceful fish—unlike the much larger standard gourami, which can become aggressive. Dwarf gouramis do well in most community aquariums and are compatible with most fish, such as Platies, Mollies, Plecostomus, Ghost Catfish, Tetras, and other docile fish. They require a tank that can hold at least ten gallons. They are usually found swimming in the middle or top regions of the aquarium, because Gouramis are labyrinth fish and make use of their labyrinth organ if necessary. Dwarf gouramis do not do well with large, aggressive fish. Dwarf gouramis are so docile that they will allow themselves to be bullied to death rather than fight back. Males of other gourami species, as well as male Siamese fighting fish, may attack dwarf gouramis.

When a tank contains a Dwarf gourami and faster swimming top swimmers like guppies, food should be dropped in a more spread out area so that the Dwarf gourami has a higher chance to snatch the food before the other fish since Dwarf gouramis are timid fish. Dwarf gouramis tolerate fairly high temperatures. Temperatures of 80 °F are easily tolerated. A varied diet is very important to the dwarf gourami, which is an omnivore that prefers both algae-based foods and meaty foods. An algae-based flake food, along with freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp, will provide these fish with proper nutrition.

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