The Croaking Gourami originated from shallow puddles in southeast Asia.
It is also known as the Talking Gourami because of the clicking noise it can make.
It is closely related to the much smaller Sparkling
Gouramis aren't particularly colorful, but there is a great deal of
variability, ranging from green to dark purple with black or
red spots on the fins. Sometimes there are bands of dark spots along the lateral
line. It does have a long thread-like pelvic fin,
which is typical of gouramis. Croaking Gouramis are a good community
fish, but males can be quite territorial toward each other, especially during
breeding. In order to reduce aggression groups of more than 3 with more
females than males are recommended. The tank should be well planted and
have hiding areas of rocks or driftwood, as Croaking Gouramis are a fairly timid
Similar to the Betta and
other anabantids, the the Sparkling Gourami is a labyrinth fish, which means it can breathe air directly and will frequent
the top of the tank. Sparkling Gouramis can survive in poorly
oxygenated water. They will eat flake food, algae flakes,
pellets, frozen brine shrimp, frozen bloodworms and tubifex. They will
benefit from occasional live brine shrimp. In the wild they eat fruit
flies, water fleas and mosquito larvae.
Males are difficult to distinguish from females. Males may have a more
pointed dorsal fin and show intensified color during breeding. Breeding is
best accomplished in a tank of about 20 gallons. When they are ready to spawn, the male
builds a bubblenest under leaves at the surface and then dances and wraps around the female. The male
ensures the rising eggs reach the bubblenest. The spawning process can be
repeated several times over a number of hours. Between 30 and 200 eggs can
be produced. The female should be removed after spawning. The male
will guard the nest and young fry. The fry hatch in a couple of
days. The male should be removed when the fry swim free. The fry should be fed infusoria and then
||22 - 28 C; 72 - 82 F
||6.0 - 8.0
||7 cm; 3 inches
||Difficult, Bubble Nest
Sharks, Clown Loaches, Corydoras, Danios,
Gouramis, Hatchetfish, Harlequin Rasbora, Kuhli Loaches, Liveberarers,
Shark, Red Tailed Shark, White Clouds.
Not compatible with Cichlids.