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Trichogaster microlepis
Moonlight gourami
Gunther, 1861

Trichogaster microlepis - Moonlight gourami - Microlepis means small scales (micro: small, lepis: scales)
Microlepis means small scales (micro: small, lepis: scales)
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(Other members of the genus Trichogaster)

ADULT SIZE: 14 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Trichogaster microlepis live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Thailand, Cambodia

AQUARIUM CARE: Like all gouramis, the moonlight gourami is used to slow moving waters, often vegetation choked, where conditions are often dark, and its feelers become a necessity.
Tankmates should be calm, and occupy the lower levels.

BREEDING: This popular aquarium species is a typical bubble nest builder. Nests are built from bublles under leaves and surface vegetation. The fry are very small and require infusoria as a first food.

Have you bred Trichogaster microlepis? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Trichogaster microlepis breeding reports








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Avoid tankbusters! Too many tropical fish stores sell small fish that will continue growing until too big for any home aquarium. Rehousing can be very difficult indeed. Avoid species such as the shovel-nosed and red tailed catfish


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