Red Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster Lalius variant)
The Red Dwarf Gourami is an eye-catching color morph of the popular Dwarf Gourami, boasting vibrant red hues across its body. These peaceful, inquisitive fish make a stunning addition to any community aquarium. In addition to their colorful appearance, they are low-maintenance and very hardy.
Typically, they grow up to 3.5 inches in length and do well in pairs or small groups (i.e., 1 male and 2 females). Sometimes males may become protective over females and harass each other, but this won’t escalate if there is enough space in the aquarium.
Red Dwarf Gouramis are compatible with other peaceful, slow-moving fish species. Tank mates such as tetras, rasboras, and angelfish are ideal, along with bottom-dwelling species like Corydoras and loaches. Avoid housing them with fin-nippers or aggressive species, as this may cause undue stress.
Red Dwarf Gouramis have an omnivorous diet, enjoying a mix of high-quality flake food, freeze-dried bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. Supplementing their diet with vegetable matter, such as blanched spinach or lettuce, will ensure optimal health.
A well-planted aquarium with a minimum size of 20 gallons is ideal for these fish. Include plenty of hiding spots, such as caves and dense vegetation, to help them feel secure.
Moderate water flow and a temperature range of 72-82°F (22-28°C) will keep them comfortable. Maintain a pH of 6.0-8.0 and a hardness between 4-18 dGH for optimal water conditions.
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