Dwarf Gourami Profile

Dwarf Gourami

Common name: Dwarf Gourami, Blue Powder Gourami

Scientific name: Trichogaster lalius

Type of fish: Gourami

Origin: South Asia

Level of difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate

Max size: 3 inches

Growth Rate: These fish are usually adult-size when they are sold.

Minimum tank size: 10 gallons

Diet: omnivore

pH: 6-7

Hardiness: Inbreeding has caused this species to become genetically weak

Aggressiveness: Peaceful

Tankmates: tetras, livebearers, barbs, peaceful dwarf cichlids, danios, Corydoras catfishes

Sexing: Males are more colorful

Notes: Dwarf gouramis are a common fish and come in many color varieties, such as a neon blue one and an orange one. However, this species has been inbred so much that its genetics have become weak, causing Iridovirus to become a common disease among aquarium Dwarf Gouramis. In my experience, dwarf gouramis tend to be weaker and more sensitive to water conditions than other gouramis like the Blue Gourami and the Honey Gourami.