Native Location: Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra
Maximum Size: Up to 12cm (4.7 inches)
Temperature Range: 24-30℃ (75-86℉)
Preferred pH Range: 5.5-8.0
Minimum Aquarium Size: 90cmx30cmx30cm
Potential Tankmates: Most community fish including Cardinal Tetra and Lamb Chop Rasbora. Avoid fin-nipping species.
Care Level: Easy
One of the more iconic Gourami species in the hobby. Loved by fishkeepers everywhere because of their unmistakably gorgeous pattern and gentle personality within the community aquarium. Known to host the top section of the water column, the Pearl Gourami looks fantastic in an aquarium with lots of plants, including floating plants.
Although they have a reputation for being non-aggressive, it is not unusual to witness a bit if territorial behaviour amongst males of the same species. They are also known to be quite persistent towards females when they want to be. All of this is quiet easily manageable in the right setup. Lots of plants to provide cover and an aquarium large enough to accommodate them all.
The Pearl Gourami inhabits swamp-like bodies of water which often have little water flow. This is the ideal environment for many different crustaceans. As a result their natural diet consists of almost anything edible. In the home aquarium, you can replicate this with a variety of froze, live and dry foods.
Like other Gourami species, the Pearl Gourami is a bubble nest spawner and achieving success is not too challenging. To condition a pair for breeding, place them in their own dedicated aquarium but with a reduced water level of around 8 inches. Feed them lots of live foods until the female is showing a belly full of eggs. At this point the Male will build his nest on the surface of the water amongst the floating plants. The female will embrace the male and eggs will be released with the male placing them in the bubble nest above. It is wise to remove the female at this point. The male will care for the eggs until they hatch and then he should be removed. Eggs take around 30 hours to hatch.
The Pearl Gourami is an absolute must have fish for all beginner fishkeepers.
Each of our fish have been quarantined on arrival for 2 weeks to allow treatment for any disease. All fish are treated with flubendazole and must be eating regularly before being moved into our main shop system ready for sale.