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Dwarf Gourami

Discussion in 'Labyrinth' started by juliethegr8t, May 9, 2004.

  1. juliethegr8t

    juliethegr8t Addicted and in Therapy

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    Common name/s: Dwarf Gourami

    Scientific name: Colisa lalia

    Family: Belontiidae

    Origin: India, Bengal and Assam

    Maximum size: Males - 2 1/2", Females - 2"

    Care: They can live in most tropical aquariums with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5, and a temperature of 72-82F. Overally active tankmates, along with fin nippers, should be avoided. They prefer to have their quiet, along with plenty of space. It is best to keep either 1 Dwarf Gourami per tank, or several. Males can be quite aggressive to each other, so if 2 are kept, they must have a large tank with plenty of hiding spaces. They prefer to have some floating plants.

    Feeding: Dwarf Gouramis will accept flake food, but also enjoy frozen and live foods. They also will appreciate some vegetable matter in their diet and may eat rotting plants or algae in a planted aquarium.

    Sexing: Males are brightly colored, larger, and have a more pointed dorsal fin. Females are mostly silver, occasionally with a hint of other colors. They are smaller and also chubbier in the midsection.

    Breeding: The male will build a bubble nest at the surface of the water among floating plants, and where there is not a strong current. After courting the female by intensifying his colors and flaring his fins, she will follow him to the nest. There, the eggs are expelled and fertilized, and the male picks them up and blows them into the nest. After the fry hatch, they must be fed the tiniest of foods (such as infusoria), because they are extremely small.

    Comments: Male fish of this species come in several color varieties, including Neon Blue, Powder Blue, and Sunset/Fire Red (shown in picture). The normal male Dwarf Gourami is blue with red vertical stripes.

     

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  2. Doggfather

    Doggfather Al Bundy
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    Female Dwarf Gourami
     

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  3. LadyMinion

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    Male dwarf gourami:

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    My 2 male Dwarf Gouramis

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  6. clareriley

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    Sunset/Fire Red Dwarf Gourami

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  7. england

    england channa aka snakehead

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    blue dwarf gourami
     

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  8. rfisher

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    Hi,

    My Dwarf Fire Gourami, My little girl absolutley loves them.

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  9. Tommo

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    Male colisa lalia beneath half built bubble nest
     

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  10. Flagfin

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    Here's some of our babies

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  11. trojannemo

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    I would like to add that even in a 38G tank, having several males is not a good idea. I've both two of each of them following and none of them made it. My experience has been that one becomes the bully/leader and he'll attack the rest. This happened with my first Flame. He killed off a regular Dwarf and a Powder Blue. Then I introduced another Powder Blue and he decided to take over. He killed my Flame, my third Dwarf and not that long after, my second Flame. Needless to say, these are beautiful fish but i have decided to give up on their care as it just doesn't work for everyone!

    As I said, i've had two of each of the following, here are the best of each type (and the name they are known by at least down here in Miami, as i see a lot of variation online):

    Flame Dwarf Gourami - by far one of my favorite ever fish :hyper: :
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    Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami (not the same as the Neon Blue!):
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    and the regular Dwarf Gourami:
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  12. Liverbird36

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    My male Dwarf Gourami.


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    My Female Dwarf Gourami

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