Blue Gourami Profile

Blue Gourami

Common name(s): Blue Gourami, Three-Spot Gourami

Scientific name: Trichopodus trichopterus

Type of fish: Gourami

Origin: Southeast Asia

Level of difficulty: Beginner

Max size: 4 inches

Growth Rate: Medium

Minimum tank size: 30 gallons

Diet: omnivore

pH: 6-7

Hardiness: Moderate

Aggressiveness: Semi-aggressive in general, but very aggressive towards other gouramis

Tankmates: tetras, livebearers, barbs, rainbow sharks, redtail sharks, peaceful dwarf cichlids, danios, mild-tempered American cichlids, Corydoras catfishes

Sexing: Males have more pointed dorsal fins.

Notes: Trichopodus trichopterus comes in three color varieties: blue (in picture), opaline, and gold. They are more aggressive than most other gourami species. However, their small mouths prevent them from causing much damage to other fish.