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Trichopterus Gourami Factoids

Origin

Java, Sumatra, Borneo,Thailand

Maximum Size

Reputedly 6 inches.  Four more likely.

Breeding Size

Three inches

Housing

10-gallons and up

Temperature

70 to 85o

Attitude

Regular community but sometimes shy

Foods

Loves all foods

Water

Not picky

Breeding Style

Bubble nester

Number of Young

Hundreds and hundreds of floating eggs

Fry Food

Infusoria or “green water”


LA
What color is this male (long top fin) gourami?

Origin.  Blues came from the wild originally, of course.  But because they breed so easily, they’re all raised on farms today.  All the other color varieties (same exact species) come from fish farms (Asian and Floridian).  They all breed together (look at the lavender for example), because they’re the same exact species.

Blue Gouramis include the three-spot, Cosby, Stafford, opaline, gold, purple, amethyst (have not seen these for a long time), lavender, and platinum gouramis.  They’re all the same species (T. trichopterus) and thus all breed together.  This group consists of the easiest and most reliable spawners of all the gouramis.

LA
Blue Gourami.  The original.  Tough medium-sized cookie.  Able to survive in non-heated aquaria.  Males get pushy.  Note short top fin on this female and egg-filled belly.  A variant
of this color without the spots was called the Stafford gourami for a while.

Breeding.  Refer to Pearl Gourami page (another Trichogaster but not the same species).  If you separate your male and female for a week, and condition them on three feedings a day, they will usually breed within a couple days after you put them together.  

LA
Compare prior gourami color to this one in spawning colors.

2004 Note:  Go to spawning blue gouramis for a look at these easy spawners at work.

LA
Female blue in front.  Male lavender in back -- in breeding colors.

LA
Five-inch male blue gourami.  Nice yellow highlights.

Sexing.  Males grow a longer dorsal fin -- twice as long as the females.’  Females grow a plump belly that looks like they swallowed a marble.

 

Temperature.  We maintained an accounting firm’s 55 for a year in the old days.  Their building dropped their temp to 55 on the weekends.  The only survivors were the blue gouramis.  Don’t torture yours like they did.  Keep yours around 75o or at 80o if you want to spawn them.

LA
Young opaline gourami male in breeding color.  Probably the first color variant to
appear on the market.  Note the dots along his side.  Sometimes he's called the
marbled gourami.  Some call him the Cosby.  Hey, hey, hey.

LA
Females going to top for air.  No three-dots on either gal.

Belly Hairs?  Tricho (hair) + gaster (belly) describes lots of different gourami species.  They do have two hair-sized fins they use for communication with each other.  Just like the phone company says, “Reach out and touch someone.”  But belly-hairs do it for free.

LA
Female dark gold gourami.  Some strains are lighter.  Some darker.  The lightest ones gave
rise to the platinums.  Male golds often sport a red eye.  Males usually darken more.

LA
Five-inch female gold gourami full of eggs.

LA
Four-inch very obvious male gold gourami.

Foods.  If it comes in a can, pouch, or jar, Trichogasters will eat it.  They like frozen and live foods even better.  Theoretically, they even eat hydra if you starve them enough.  We’ve tried to see that happen with zero results.  No big deal.  No one gets hydra these days.  Didn’t Hercules wipe out the Hydra long ago?

LA
Platinum gouramis.  Note the gold highlights.  You will often see gold highlights on
breeder blue gouramis.  The white marbling indicates an opaline origin.

LA
Five-inch platinum gouramis are not really pink.

 

Attitude.  Males can get rowdy in smaller tanks -- especially at breeding time.  In larger tanks you will see no problems.

LA  Lavenders look like a cross between an opaline and a gold.  You be the judge.  These
usually cost slightly more because they appear on the market at a larger size -- often
at breeder size, like these fresh-out-of-the-shipping-bag guys.  After re-conditioning, the males often develop blue bars.  Color foods help.

LA
Not looking quite so good when she contracts ich.

LA
Males in spawning color look great -- even at this young (two-inches) age.

Size.  We see reports from several other countries that these guys grow to 15 cm -- what we call six inches.  Haven’t seen any that size on this side of the Mississippi River.  Most of ours top out around four inches.  The Krauts do keep theirs in larger tanks, nicht wahr?  So do the Dutch.  Even the Italians agree on 15 cm.  Maybe we need to start keeping larger tanks?  All these reports cannot be plagiarizing each other. Or can they? A bunch of them did use the same yucky pictures.

Last Words.  When gouramis get shipped a long distance (like from Florida or other foreign countries), they often arrive in brown water from the waste products they excrete en route (as the French say).  Their water would kill most species.  Treat them for velvet when you get yours home and do not buy “wobblies.”  LA

Kevin Zhang, July 20, 2012
I thought that you might've liked another picture for your t. trichopterus page.

 

KZ

 

A:  Thanks.  I'm adding it to my T. trichopterus page.  LA

 

LA

Just a nice looking male, July 28, 2012.

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