Scientific Name: Trichopsis pumila
Common Name: Sparkling gourami
Synonyms: Pygmy gourami, Ctenops pumilus, Trichopsis pumilus (misspelling), Green croaking gourami
Order: Perciformes (perch like)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray finned)
Etymology: Arnold, J. P. 1936
Origin: SE Asia: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos to Indonesia. Native to shallow, densly planted pools.
Diet: Omnivore. Flakes and live food (compulsory).
Lifespan: 2 years
Sexual dimorphism: males have slightly longer fins and are marginally brighter coloured
Minimum Tank Size: 3 imp gallon long.
Females:males ratio: more females then males if possible.
Tank Setup: heavily planted with as many floating plants as possible. Soft water and slow current are a must.
Min / Max number in tank: min of 3
* Water Type:
* Temp: 25 - 28 C (77 - 82 F)
* Hardness: soft
* pH: 6.0 - 7.0
Compatibility: Can be kept with other peaceful fish of simmilar size.
Breeding: Bubble nest builder. 50-250 eggs produced by the female. After mating, the female is chased away. The eggs are
they are then picked up by the male and "blown" into the bubble nest, which is cared for by the male who continues
to produce bubbles and returns any eggs which fall. Once the fry hatch, the male continues caring for them untill they become
free swimming. Feed infusoria followed by BBS, microworms and other small live food.
Classic labyrinthed bubble nest builders. Do not keep with overly active/boisterous fish. Do best in soft water, can use
Indian almond leaves as water conditioner.
Colours vary from blue to green to yellow/brown.