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Three Spot Gourami

Information and Pictures

Close Up - A brown with black and white Blue Gourami is swimming to the left

Blue gourami

Scientific Name

Trichogaster trichopterus

Type

Gouramis

Family

Osphronemidae

Subfamily

Trichogasterinae (sometimes Trichogastrinae), Belontiidae

Other Names

Blue Gourami

Opaline Gourami

Opal Gourami

Cosby Gourami

Golden Gourami

Silver Gourami

Two Spot Gourami

Platinum Gourami

Lavender Gourami

Amethyst Gourami

Brown Gourami

Hairfin Gourami

Minimum Tank Size

20-gallon

Tank Level

Top, mid-dweller

Care

Easy, hardy

Behavior

Peaceful, especially with other larger fish. Have been known to attack smaller fish if they are kept in a tank that is too small. Males can get territorial with other male gourami.

Compatibility

Does well with Asian bottom fish (loaches, catfish) and calm barbs, danios and rasboras. One male per tank as males are highly territorial, unless the tank is large enough for both males to have their space.

Life Span

4 years

Size

Up to 6" (15cm), but usually smaller.

Aquarium

Large covered, planted tank with some floating plants. Gentle water circulation with central open area.

Water Chemistry

Freshwater, soft to slightly hard

pH

6.0 - 8.8

Hardness

5 - 35 dGH

Temperature

72° - 82° F (22° - 28° C)

Feeding

Omnivore (animal that eats both meat and vegetables), eats most foods. Flake foods (green flakes) various live and frozen foods. They are prized for feeding on hydra, which are small carnivorous animals from the phylum Cnidaria that can be introduced to a tank by feeding live food. Hydra look like small bags of tentacles.

Sexing

Males and females differ in the shape of the dorsal fin. In males it is long and pointed and in females it is shorter and more rounded.

Breeding

Egg layer—bubblenest builder, prefer soft slightly acidic water when in breeding season

Origin

Southeast Asia

Extras

Their colors can change with their moods. Blue gouramis are deeper blue during spawning. Although they have the name, "Three Spot," they actually only have two spots on each side. The third spot is actually their eye. The cosby and opaline hybrids lack the spots and the darker blue marbling.

Three Opaline Gouramis are swimming to the left

Opaline gouramis

Two Opaline Gouramis are swimming to the left

Opaline gouramis

An Opaline Gourami is swimming to the left. Another Opaline Gourami is swimming to the back of the tank.

Opaline gourami

Close Up - a gold and black with white Opaline Gourami

Opaline gourami

Close Up - A Blue Gourami is swimming to the left

Blue gourami

Close Up - A Blue Gourami is swimming and is shaded blue because of how deep in the water it is

Blue gourami

Close Up side view - Blue Gourami

Blue gourami

Close Up - A blue gourami is swimming to the right

Blue gourami

Two Golden Gouramis. One Golden Gourami is swimming to the right and another is swimming to the left

Golden gouramis

Three Golden Gouramis. One is swimming to the left, one is swimming to the left and another is swimming to the most forward glass pane

Golden gouramis

Close Up - Two Golden Gouramis are swimming to the left of a filter

Golden gouramis

Close Up front shot - A Golden Gourami is swimming to the top of water in a tank

Golden gourami

A School of Blue and Golden Gouramis swimming around

Blue and golden gouramis

A School of Blue and Golden Gouramis are swimming over top of an underwater log

Blue and golden gouramis

Blue and Golden Gouramis are swimming in a circle over top of an underwater log with leaves on it

Blue and golden gouramis

There are a bunch of Blue and Golden Gouramis swimming around. A Couple of Gouramis are swimming to the left and the rest are swimming to the back glass pane

Blue and golden gouramis

Blue Gouramis are swimming through an underwater plant

Blue gouramis

Blue Gouramis are swimming in between a filter and an underwater plant

Blue gouramis