Three Spot Gourami (Trichopodus Trichopterus variant)
The Three Spot Gourami, also known as Blue Gourami, Opaline Gourami, and Gold Gourami (color variant). They are attractive, hardy fish that adds an interesting presence to aquariums. Their bodies display a combination of silvery-blue and green hues, with three prominent spots—one on the tail, one in the middle, and the third being their eye.
Three Spot Gouramis are best suited for community aquariums with similarly sized, semi-aggressive tank mates. Avoid keeping them with smaller, more passive fish or slow-moving species. They will nip long fins, such as male guppies, goldfish, and bettas, because they display long tails and bright colors, presenting competition for impressing female gourami.
They are not schooling fish but can be kept in pairs or groups if there is enough space and hiding spots to prevent territorial disputes. While males can be territorial with each other, they become timid around other, more aggressive fish. These fish can grow up to 6 inches in size and are known for their curious and semi-aggressive behavior.
Three Spot Gouramis are omnivorous and will accept a variety of foods, including flakes, pellets, and live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. Supplement their diet with plant-based foods to maintain their health and color.
Three Spot Gouramis like to hide in caves and crevices. You should place plants, rocks, and driftwood logs in the tank to provide hiding places and wide open swimming areas. They are accustomed to dark, murky water, so the light in the tank should be dim. Keep the aquarium out of direct sunlight.
A minimum tank size of 30 gallons is recommended, with a calm water flow. Optimal water conditions include a temperature range of 72°F to 82°F (22°C to 28°C), a pH of 6.0 to 8.0, and a hardness of 5 to 18 dGH.
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