Sparkling Gourami - Planted Tank Mates

Sparkling Gourami

1.5″ | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

Trichopsis Pumila

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 7

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 2 – 6

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 4 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina Shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Cardinal and Neon Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Pygmy and Leopard Corydoras, Otocinclus

Notes

Unlike dwarf gouramis, Sparkling Gouramis are non-territorial towards one another and do OK in groups.

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ImageSparkling gourami fish (Trichopsis pumila).Dwarf flame gourami fish (richogaster lalius).Gold lyretail molly fish (Poecilia latipinna).N class endlers fish (Poecilia wingei).Daisy's blue rice killifish (Oryzias woworae).Three-spot gourami fish (Trichopodus trichopterus).
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Description

1.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

2.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

4.5" | 4 or more | 20 gal

PH 7-8.5 | Peaceful

1.75" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.8-8 | Peaceful

1.25" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

5" | Single | 30 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

Content

Trichopsis Pumila

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7

dGH: 4 - 8

dKH: 2 - 6

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 4 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina Shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Cardinal and Neon Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Pygmy and Leopard Corydoras, Otocinclus

Notes

Unlike dwarf gouramis, Sparkling Gouramis are non-territorial towards one another and do OK in groups.

Trichogaster Ialius

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies

Bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, otocinclus, snails.  Adult shrimp OK, but smaller shrimp or fry can become snacks.

Notes

Same species as the Dwarf Gourami but with a different color pattern.  Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 2-3 female ratio.

Poecilia latipinna

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 7 – 8.5

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 4 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Angelfish, Guppies, Plecors, Loaches and Otocinclus.

Notes

Mollies in general are very hardy fish. Best to keep with other fish having hard water preferences. Avoid small invertebrates like shrimp and cichlids. Many beginners keep them with great success. Breeding is as easy as keeping some floating plants for babies to hide.

Poecilia wingei

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.75″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 – 82

PH: 6.8 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Guppies, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Plecors, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Endlers are unique with distinctive color splotches and markings.  Similar to guppies, Endlers are also relatively hardy and popular fish. Many beginners keep them with great success.

Breeding

They generally breed in warmer waters.  They can also reproduce with guppies, so be careful with mixing because they will become hybrids and may lose their distinctive colors and patterns.  Keep a ratio of 1:2, male : female.

Oryzias woworae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.25″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 74° – 80°

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 6 - 15

dKH: 4 -10

Min Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Small nano fish such as Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Pygmy Corydoras and Otocinclus.  Great to pair with dwarf shrimp since they both enjoy water with tannins.  It's recommended to introduce killifish into the tank after the shrimp.

Notes

Although they're top dwellers, they can be shy and do best in large groups.   They do well in heavily planted tanks and like to inhabit shallow areas.  They're predators and like to wait at the top to grab their food. Killifish often prefer live foods over frozen foods and pellets. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

Breeding

Males have shiny, bright blue coloration while females are more subtle and orange - yellow. They breed easily with the female carrying a cluster of 10-20 eggs. Once deposited into vegetation, it's best to relocate the eggs to avoid geting eaten. Eggs take 1-3 weeks to hatch. Breed best in species only tank

Trichopodus trichopterus var. Three-Spot

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Larger nano community fish like large tetras, rasboras, peaceful barbs, Tinfoil Barbs that dwell at the middle of the tank

Slightly smaller or equal in size fish such as dwarf cichlids, German Blue Rams, Apistogramma Larger bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, Siamese Algae Eaters Avoid fin nipping fish

Notes

Three-Spot Gouramis are recognized by the two spots on their body and the 3rd suggestive spot being their eye.  They're a color variation from the same Trichopodus trichopterus species as the Opaline Gourami, Blue Gourami, Gold Gourami and Lavendar Gourami.

Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 3 female ratio.

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