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The Sparkling Gourami is an incredibly hardy fish species, able to live in low oxygen and water level conditions. Its small size and adaptability to close quarters means that it is an ideal pet fish for even the smallest of aquariums, with a minimum recommended size of 10 gallons. It is important to remember that this fish is native to the shallow rice patties of Thailand and Cambodia, so recreating its natural environment in the aquarium is essential for its continued health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the Sparkling Gourami only reaches a total length of about 1-1/2″, making it a great fit for any home aquarium.
The Sparkling Gourami is an excellent addition to any aquarium, as it is sure to bring vibrant colors and personality. When kept in the right environment, the Sparkling Gourami is a peaceful and relatively low-maintenance fish. It is essential to ensure that the aquarium is properly set up for the Gourami’s needs in order for the fish to thrive and display its vibrant colors. Additionally, it is important to choose tank mates carefully, as the Sparkling Gourami may become timid around more aggressive fish.
The only way to differentiate the male from the female Sparkling Gourami is by illuminating the fish with bright light and looking for the ovaries of the female. When ready to breed, the male builds a bubblenest and then begins to entice the female by swimming back and forth, flaring his fins and raising his tail. When this behavior is noticed, the water level should be reduced to 6 inches. After spawning, the female should be removed to a separate aquarium. The male may become aggressive toward her. The male will tend the eggs until they hatch. After the eggs have hatched perform frequent water changes, especially during the third week, as this is when the labyrinth organ is developing. The fry should be fed infusoria and nauplii.