The Sparkling Gourami, or Pygmy Gourami as it is called sometimes, is one of the smallest members of the labyrinth fish family. The body of this gourami resembles that of a female or juvenile Betta and it's definitely smaller than we would expect in a Gourami. The reason why this tiny anabantid is called "Sparkling" is because of its coloration; his body and eyes appear iridescent under adequate lighting.
The sparkling pygmy gourami makes a great addition to any successful, established and cycled fish tank. The Sparkling Gourami is a delicate fish however, and even though it is easy to keep, water parameters should be watched closely. This tiny fish is a good candidate for a small tank, preferably well planted and with plenty of hiding spaces.
Because it is a shy little fish, it should not be kept with aggressive or considerably bigger tank mates. Contrary to the other types of gouramis, the Sparkling may be kept in multiple numbers in the aquarium with little aggression and does not require to be kept in schools.
Sparkling Pygmy Gourami Care
Scientific Name : Trichopsis Pumila
Common Names : Pygmy Gourami
Care Level : Medium - Difficult since it needs a well-established tank with plenty of hiding spaces and non-aggressive tank mates.
Size : 1.5 inches
pH : 7.0
Temperature :76-82F (24-28C)
Lifespan : 3 years or more
Origin / Habitat : Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand (Southeast Asia) in small ponds and ditches.
Temperament / Behavior : Peaceful and often shy if not provided with enough hiding spaces and plants.
Aquarium Size : 5 gallons and above, the larger the better.
Tank Mates : Non-aggressive and small fish species. Since the Sparkling is so peaceful it might become stressed and overly timid with aggressive tank mates; it might become food for larger fish as well.
Breeding : Males will produce and guard the bubblenest.
Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease
Diet / Fish Food : Omnivore, but could use a veggie meal every once in a while.
Tank Region : Bottom- mid dweller
Gender : The sex of the sparkling will become notorious during mating rituals, which are similar to those of other gouramis and bettas.
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The fairly hardy Blue Gourami gets to be about 6 inches as adults. Can be temperamental with other gouramis.
The Dwarf Gourami is another beauty that can get aggressive with other dwarf gouramis.