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How to look after
Trichogaster trichopterus
Blue gourami
(Pallas, 1777)

(Other members of the genus Trichogaster)

ADULT SIZE: 12 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 22-28 C

FOOD: Feed Trichogaster trichopterus live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Indonesia, Malaysia

AQUARIUM CARE: A very popular aquarium fish, and a very hardy one too. The golden albino form is particularly popular in aquarium stores, and makes a great addition to a community tank without fin-nipping barbs.

BREEDING: A typical bubble-nester that can get aggressive during spawning.

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








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Should I get rid of snails? Snails in the aquarium can be very useful. Many fishkeepers tend to overfeed a little, and this extra food sinks to the bottom and decays, polluting the aquarium water. Snails will happily come and eat up the left overs though - if you have an outbreak of snails you are most likely overfeeding your fish! If you really do want to remove snails, fish like the clown loach, and several puffers will eat them - but do make sure they are compatible with the other fish in your tank


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