Banded Gourami
Behaviour Peaceful, males may fight, territorial when breeding
Typical size 8cm
Max size 10cm
Tank Area Middle, top
Min Tank Size 60cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8
Hardness vs,s,m
Banded Gourami Polyacanthus fasciatus
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Banded Gourami

Polyacanthus fasciatus

Although males may squabble occasionally and whilst breeding, the Banded Gourami is a very peaceful fish that will mix well with other peaceful tank mates. Banded Gouramies can be a little timid and nervous, sometimes leading to ill health if kept in a stressful environment. Ideal conditions would be a well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding spots and a varied diet, soft water is also beneficial. An albino variety is also available.

Family Osphronemidae (Gouramies) | Synonyms Trichogaster fasciatus, Trichopodus colisa, T. bejeus, T. cotra, Colisa fasciata, C. fasciatus, C. vulgaris, C. bejeus, C. ponticeriana | Other names Striped Gourami, Rainbow Gourami | Origin Asia; India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh | Breeding Bubble nester. Males will aggressively defend the nest from all intruders, especially the female | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-7.5, very soft to medium | Natural Habitat Densely vegetated rivers, larger ponds, waterways and lakes | Sexing Males dorsal fin is pointed and when mature males are darker

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