Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami (Trichopsis Pumila Variant)
The Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami, also known as Neon Blue Gourami, Neon Blue Sparkling Gourami, is a small, stunning freshwater fish that showcases bright neon blue colors and intricate patterns on its body. They are a highly popular and cherished color variant of Dwarf Gouramis in the world of aquarium enthusiasts. This striking coloration was achieved by breeders selectively pairing specimens with desirable traits and reinforcing them through several generations. When the blue hue exhibits a shimmering metallic sheen, this variety is often referred to as the Rainbow Gourami.
In addition to their eye-catching appearance, these fish are also known for their peaceful demeanor and hardiness, making them an ideal choice for community aquariums. Their adaptability and relatively low-maintenance nature have solidified their place as a favorite among beginner aquarists.
The Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami is known for their peaceful and somewhat shy temperament. They can be housed with other peaceful tank mates, such as small tetras, rasboras, and corydoras. Avoid adding aggressive or fin-nipping species to the aquarium, as this can cause stress to the shy Neon Blue Dwarf Gouramis.
They grow up to 2.5 to 3 inches in size and can be kept in pairs or small groups, one male for every two females, but it's essential to provide hiding spots for the more timid individuals.
Their diet consists of a mix of live, frozen, and flake foods, including brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms. They will also readily consume high-quality pellets and vegetable matter.
A minimum size of 10 gallons is recommended for Neon Blue Dwarf Gouramis and 20 gallons or more for community aquariums. They prefer a densely planted aquarium with plenty of floating plants and easy access to the surface to breathe. Soft, slightly acidic water with hiding places created by live plants, driftwood, and rock structures. Maintain water temperatures between 75-82°F (24-28°C), a pH range of 6.0-7.5, and a hardness between 4-12 dGH.
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