Thick-Lipped Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster Labiosa)
The Thick-Lipped Dwarf Gourami, also known as Red-Lipped Gourami, is a visually appealing and relatively uncommon fish in the aquarium hobby. Their striking appearance features a combination of iridescent blues, greens, and reds, along with their distinct thick lips, which they use for sifting through the substrate for food.
Thick-Lipped Dwarf Gourami are peaceful fish that grow to about 3.5 inches in size and are ideal for community aquariums.
These fish are compatible with other peaceful fish species of a similar size. Good tankmates include Rasboras, Tetras, and Rainbowfish. Smaller bottom dwellers like Kuhli Loach, Corydoras Catfish, and Otocinclus are also great tankmates. Avoid housing them with fin-nipping species or larger, aggressive fish such as Clown Barbs, Tiger Barbs, or larger Cichlids.
While they are not schooling fish, they can be kept in small groups if there is ample space and a favorable male-to-female ratio. It's best to keep one male with two or three females, as males may become territorial with each other.
Thick-Lipped Dwarf Gouramis are omnivores, accepting a wide variety of foods, including flakes, pellets, frozen, and live foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. A diet rich in plant-based and protein-rich foods will help maintain their vibrant colors and overall health.
Provide a well-planted aquarium with a mix of floating plants and hiding spots, as these fish enjoy exploring and occasionally resting in the foliage.
A tank size of at least 20 gallons is recommended, with a gentle filtration system to create a calm water flow. They prefer water temperatures between 72°F and 82°F (22°C to 28°C), a pH of 6.0 to 7.5, and a hardness of 4 to 15 dGH.
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