Dwarf Gourami Tropical Fish Information

Colisa lalia
Dwarf Gourami
Behaviour Peaceful, males kept in small numbers may fight
Typical size 6cm
Max size 8cm
Tank Area Middle, top
Min Tank Size 60cm
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Dwarf Gourami Colisa lalia
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Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia)

Dwarf Gourami Tropical Fish Learn all about the Dwarf 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 Dwarf Gourami is the right fish for your aquarium.

There are a number of different colour forms of the Dwarf Gourami available varying between stages of blue and red colour. Unfortunately, heavy breeding to produce these forms has made the Dwarf Gourami an even weaker fish than the natural form and they are prone to a number of bacterial and skin based diseases. Because of this it is important that the aquarium is mature and well filtered with good water overall water quality. The Dwarf Gourami is a peaceful, timid fish, which should be kept with other peaceful fish in a well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding spots. Although peaceful, some males can become dominant aggressive bullies and will harass another male. If several males are kept together, bullying does not occur so it is best to keep one male and one or more females, or a larger mixed group including several males.

Dwarf Gourami Facts

Family Osphronemidae (Gouramies) | Synonyms Polyacanthus lalius, Trichopodus lalius, Trichopsis lalius, Trichogaster lalius, T. unicolor, Colisa unicolor, Colisa cotra | Other names Red lalia, sunset, cobalt, red dwarf gourami | Origin Asia; Pakistan, India, Bangladesh | Breeding Bubble nester. Male will guard the nest and newly hatched eggs but will eat free-swimming fry. Eggs hatch after 24 hours | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, very soft to hard | Natural Habitat Highly vegetated areas of slow moving streams, rivers and lakes | Sexing Males are more colourful with a pointed dorsal fin. Females are much drabber

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