This species of gourami in its homeland – in Indo-China – lives in slowly flowing and even standing waters, reaches large sizes and is consumed by the local population. The spotted gourami has a flat elongated shape and eyes with a red tint.
The lower fin of gourami begins from the pectoral fin and, gradually expanding, reaches the base of the tail. Upper fin in elongated male, slightly pointed; the female is significantly shorter and rounded. Gourami fins are in the form of thin filiform whiskers, along the length corresponding to the length of the body.
These whiskers are organs of touch. They are in motion all the time. If you throw in an aquarium any object, the fish begin to feel his mustache from all sides until they become familiar with it.
They do the same when they see an unfamiliar fish, snail, or worm, and while spawning with these tentacles, they touch each other, like caressing. If for any reason the whiskers break off, then soon they grow back.
The small spotted breed of gourams is extremely peaceful, easily gets on with any other fish, both the smallest and the biggest, without offending anyone. If gourami live long in calm conditions, they are made so tame that they take bloodworms right from their hands. At usual times, gourami should be kept at 20-22 ° C. Although they can live at a lower temperature of 16–18 ° C, then they become paler, less mobile and, if kept for a long time, are easily exposed to such temperatures.
Photo Spotted gourami can be seen on the right.
During the spawning period, the temperature should be brought to 24-26 ° С, maintaining it during the first two months of juvenile life, after which the temperature can be gradually reduced. With a sharp decrease in temperature immediately by 5-6 ° C, fry, even grown up, can die almost instantly. Adult fish, however, transfer temperature without difficulty.
In general, gourami can be considered a very hardy fish. You can buy the Spotted gourami in a specialized nursery. The price of Fry Spotted gourami can be found on the bulletin board.
Pictures and photos of Spotted goura can be found in the species and breeds section.