Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster Lalius)
The Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami is a strikingly beautiful, small, and peaceful fish known for its vibrant powder blue coloration. This color morph of the Dwarf Gourami features an iridescent blue body with red accents on the fins, making it a popular choice for many aquarists.
Powder Blue Dwarf Gouramis grow to about 2-3 inches in length and should be kept in a small group, preferably with a mix of males and females.
While Powder Blue Dwarf Gouramis are shy, it is crucial to avoid housing them with more active or aggressive fish species that are prone to fin-nipping, such as danios and guppies. Although some aquarists have successfully kept these species together, the constant activity of danios and guppies at the water surface may cause undue stress for your gouramis.
Instead, Powder Blue Dwarf Gouramis thrive alongside slower, smaller fish that accentuate their striking colors. Suitable tank mates for Powder Blue Gouramis could include angelfish, rasboras, and select tetra species. These gouramis are particularly compatible with bottom-dwelling species, such as loaches, Corydoras, and Otocinclus, which occupy different water levels and do not encroach on the middle and upper water columns preferred by other gouramis.
Their diet consists mainly of omnivorous fares, such as flakes, pellets, live and frozen foods, and vegetable matter. Providing a varied diet will help maintain their vibrant colors and overall health.
In the aquarium, the Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami appreciates a well-planted tank with plenty of hiding places and floating plants to provide shade and security. Because Powder Blue Dwarf Gouramis are shy, it’s best to keep their aquarium in a quiet corner of the room and away from loud sudden noises and heavy traffic.
A minimum aquarium size of 10 gallons is recommended, with 20-30 gallons being ideal for a small group. They prefer soft, slightly acidic water with a pH of 6.0-7.5, hardness between 4-10 dGH, and temperatures between 75-82°F (24-28°C).
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