Dwarf Gourami Profile
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
Hardiness: Inbreeding has caused this species to become genetically weak
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.