The Blue Gourami is also known as the Three-Spot Gourami. This gourami is a rather peaceful fish that is very comical to watch as a juvenile. The Blue Gourami has only two spots, one in the center of the body, and a second at the beginning of the tail. The eye is actually the third "spot" that is referred to in the name. Traditionally silvery blue in color, their colors can change significantly with their moods, as well as during spawning, when they obtain a much deeper blue hue. Blue Gouramis are considered Labyrinth Fish, meaning they breathe directly from the air and should have access to the surface of the aquarium.
The Blue Gourami will be housed with a variety of tank mates that are of similar size and temperament. While males can be territorial with each other, they become timid around other, more aggressive fish. The ideal tank set-up would be an aquarium of a minimum of 20 gallons which has plenty of live plants as well as rocks and driftwood for use as hiding places.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Bright, elegant coloration
- Generally peaceful disposition
- An excellent, graceful addition to Planted aquariums
- Accepts a variety of dry, frozen, and live foods
- Very adaptable
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 75° - 86° F (22° - 28° C)
pH: 5.5 - 8.0
KH: 2 - 18 dKH
Minimum tank size: 150 gallons
Diet: Mostly carnivorous. Not picky, but requires a varied diet of dry, frozen, and live foods for optimal health and coloration.
Social behaviour: Generally peaceful. Can be kept in groups, but males can be territorial with one another.