Three Spot Gourami Care Guide

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Three spot gourami
(Trichogaster trichopterus)

Common names:
Three spot gourami, Opaline gourami, Gold gourami, Blue gourami,
Size: 15cm (Up to 6 inches)
pH: 6.0 – 8.0
Tempº: 23ºC - 28ºC (73 F - 82 F)
Tank region: Middle-top layer
Origin: South East Asia
Gender: The male’s dorsal fin is pointed.
Notes: As with all gouramis, the secret is only one male and a number of females, or just females. These are relatively bigger than other Gouramis – and need a larger aquarium to counter that. However, they are relatively peaceful and are easily freaked out by fast moving fish like Zebra danios. T. trichopterus comes in 3 colour varieties: the ‘classic’ Three spot, Opaline and Gold. Males of this species – even a different colour variety – will fight a lot.

Three spot gouramis are Labyrinth fish, and have a labyrinth organ that allows them to breath atmospheric air. In experiments when the Labyrinth organ was removed, the fish died shortly after. They are very hardy, and good for beginners with a tank of at least 200 litres. (55 gallon)

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