Trichopodus trichopterus

Explanation of the symbols

Family : Osphronemidae
Origin : Malacca, Indonesia
Length : 12 cm - 5"
Min.length aquarium : 120 cm  - 50"
English names : Blue Gourami, Three-Spot Gourami
This peaceful fish is one of the easiest aquarium fishes you can keep.  They are good company for almost all fishes that are not too big.  Don't keep more then one male, because they are aggressive to each other. 

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a variety of live, frozen and dry food.  They even eat planaria.

Breeding is easy.  You should lower the waterlevel to 15 cm (6").   The male builds a bubblenest.  The eggs are laid in the bubblenest.  After spawning the female should be removed.  The male takes care of the fry.  When the young fishes are swimming free you should remove the male as well.  You can feed the young fishes with infusoria and a few days later with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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