Banded Gourami Tropical Fish Information

Polyacanthus fasciatus
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
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Banded Gourami Polyacanthus fasciatus
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Banded Gourami (Polyacanthus fasciatus)

Banded Gourami Tropical Fish Learn all about the Banded Gourami's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Banded Gourami is the right fish for your aquarium.

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.

Banded Gourami Facts

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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