The Sparkling Gourami originated from shallow puddles in the Thailand area.
It is sensitive to water conditions and is not a good beginner fish. The
Sparkling Gourami is also known as the Pygmy Gourami because of its small size and the Dwarf
Croaking Gourami because of the clicking noise it can make during breeding.
It is closely related to the Croaking Gourami. The body
does not have the depth typical of other gouramis. It has dark spots or a
dark band running laterally through its mid line. There are also spots of
iridescent blue and green.
The Sparkling Gourami does have a long thread-like pelvic fin,
which is typical of gouramis. Sparkling 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. A large tank is not necessary,
which is also not typical of other gouramis.
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 and tubifex. They will
benefit from occasional live brine shrimp. They will also eat small live
Males are difficult to distinguish from females. Colors for
both will increase during breeding, which can happen monthly. Breeding is
best accomplished by obtaining a group of six or more fish and watching for
pairings. 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. About 10 eggs are released
at a time, with a total of over a hundred eventually being achieved in some
cases. 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
25 - 28 C; 77 - 82 F
6.0 - 7.0
4 cm; 1.5 inches
Difficult, Bubble Nest
Bala Sharks, Clown Loaches, Corydoras, Danios,
Gouramis, Hatchetfish, Kuhli Loaches, Liveberarers,
Shark, Red Tailed Shark, White Clouds.