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Trichopsis Pumila - Sparkling Gourami


  • Trichopsis Pumila - Sparkling Gourami

    Photo thanks to Graeme

    Scientific name: Trichopsis Pumila
    Common name: Sparkling Gourami
    AKA: Pygmy gourami

    Country of origin:
    Southeast Asia

    pH: 5.5 - 7.0
    Temperature: 25 - 28c
    Hardness: 5 - 20 dH
    Water flow: low
    Oxygenation: standard

    Maximum size: 4cm body. 5cm long including tail, 1cm high.

    Photo thanks to Solomon

    Diet: It is primarily a carnivore. Despite its deceptive size, it has a comparatively tiny mouth, and can only feed on tiny food, such as daphnia. It may only accept live food initially, but can with difficulty be taught to accept frozen and dry food. Mine enjoy Aquagreen's fish food.

    Breeding: This fish is a bubblenester. While mating it makes an unusual croaking noise. It is likely to attack other fish, and can be aggressive when breeding.

    Tank companions: Hunts shrimplets+++ It is an avid hunter and can wipe out an entire shrimp population in a small tank.
    It is an unusually shy fish, and does not cope well even with other microfish. It only copes with the smallest boraras & corys, ottos or whiptails as tankmates.

    This is an extremely shy fish. It does not learn to cope well with the range of other microfish in a community tank. It requires shade and hiding spot, and prefers tannin in the water, which can be provided by Indian Almond Leaves.

    It is very touchy (needs specific conditions so survive, and is more likely to die than the other gourami species in microfish habitats).

    It has been known to make a very unusual clicking noise when courting.

    Trichopsis Pumila are legal imports to Australia as of 20/10/2013:

    The IUCN Red List reports Trichopsis Pumila as a species of least concern with a stable population trend at 21/10/2013:

    It is very important not to release any aquarium specimens into our waterways. Any that are not sold or re-homed/ given away, can often be re-sold to aquarium stores. If they are homed in ponds, care should be taken that they cannot escape in run-off into our waterways. Even if fish are native & local they should not be moved from one waterway to another, as this can transfer disease. If they are not local fish, they can both spread disease and either out-compete or eat local fish, shrimp & plants, causing their demise.

    This is definitely not a fish for beginners. It is a good fish for experienced hobbyists.

    • DiscusEden
      DiscusEden commented
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      Originally posted by Dazzman View Post
      hey guys.
      i have a pair of Dwarf Gourami and yesterday arvo i noticed that my male had started to build a bubble nest. This arvo it is now larger and has a higher dome so to speak. He doesn't seem to be building it anymore so i was wondering;

      how do i tell if it has eggs in it now or is just prepared & waiting for her to dump them in there?

      what do the eggs look like?

      i can't see any eggs either from the top or from underneath, they do seal the eggs off with another layer of bubbles on the underside dont they?

      thanks in advance.
      Originally posted by theonetruepath View Post
      The eggs are tiny white dots. Yes he adds more bubbles but this doesn't 'seal' them so much as 'incorporate' them. You can generally still see that there are eggs between the bubbles near the bottom of the nest, although they may be hard to make out.

      You should also see him catching the odd one that drifts down and returning it, also he may suck in a bunch of eggs/bubbles and 'mouth' them from time to time as a fungus preventative.

      She doesn't just dump the bubbles in the nest, they do some sort of mating manoeuvre under the nest and he grabs the eggs after as they drift downward.
      Originally posted by killiguy View Post
      Dwarf gourami eggs are alot clearer than betta eggs and so it can be quite hard to see a full nest.Usually the male starts to pay alot more attention to the nest than before.After a day or 2 the eggs go grey then black just before hatching.Dwarf gourami fry are very hard to raise without a good paramecium culture and the fancy ones seem to die off very easily compared to the wild coloured ones.
      Originally posted by Dazzman View Post
      bad news, when i got home from work the next day the nest had been demolished somehow.

    • DiscusEden
      DiscusEden commented
      Editing a comment
      Originally posted by Juls View Post
      I pretty much agree with DE. I will add though that kept in a shrimp only tank as the only fish. I found them very easy to keep and they multiplied without me doing anything at all.

      They are however serious shrimplet hunters, in a community tank arrangement they tend to hunt shrimplets all day and all night. They will wriggle through your moss and plants and reach every last mm of the tank hunting. I personally have not experienced them taking on adults but my fish are always well fed and this helps reduce predation. (But has other implications such as increased maintainence)

      On the other hand the courting is spectacular and the fish is quite charming to keep.

      They do less well in a community arrangement, tending to die off easily, daily frozen foods are needed to keep them well fed as they usually are not interested in dry foods. The shrimp tank community that has a range of fish species is a joy when it works but a few wrong fish decisions or poorly thought out feeding/water quality control can see the tank fall short of working successfully.

      In the end you have to prioritize, your either keeping shrimp with fish. Or fish with shrimp. That decision decides what combination and its outcomes are acceptable for your circumstance.

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