Trichogaster fasciata
 

82F
Explanation of the symbols

72F

Family : Osphronemidae
Origin : India, Burma
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min. length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English names : Banded Gourami, Giant Gourami, Striped Gourami
This fish is outside breeding times a very peaceful fish that is suited for the community aquarium.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  In the middle you should leave a lot of free swimming space.  A dark substrate and a dimmed light by using floating plants are appreciated.  During breeding times a territory is made.

They are omnivorous, so you should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.  A part of the food should be vegetable.

Breeding is rather easy.  At a waterlevel of about 20 cm (8"), very soft and somewhat acid water, and a temperature of 28C (82F) a large bubblenest is build.  Up to 600 eggs are laid and fertilized in that nest.  After spawning the female should be removed.  The male guards the eggs that hatch after 24 hours.  When the young fishes are swimming free the male should be removed as well.  You can feed the young fishes with small infusoria the first week and after that with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit

Zhou Hang


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