Sparkling Gourami
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Sparkling Gourami

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Sparkling Gourami

Trichopsis pumila


Native Location: South East Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia)

Climate: Tropical

Size: 35 – 40 mm/1.4”-1.5”

Temperament: Community

Diet: Carnivore

Breeding: moderate

Temperature Range: 22 – 28 °C/71.6°F-82.4°F

Preferred pH Range: 5.0-7.5

Minimum Aquarium Size: 45cm x 30cm minimum for a small group of 5-6

Potential Tankmates: Peaceful shoaling fish such as Boraras, Harlequin Rasbora and also Pangio loaches

Care Level: Moderate 



The Sparkling Gourami are small relatively peaceful fish with a lot to offer the right aquarium. Found across South-Each Asia in a wide variety of habitats ranging from slow-moving rivers, paddy fields and peat swamps. They are even found living quite happily in roadside ditches. Despite this, they tend to do best in very slow moving dark water aquariums with lots of aquatic plants.

Due to their small size, they can be at risk of becoming victim to bullying if they are housed with larger fish but if kept in a group with dense plants and peaceful of a similar size, you can observe them displaying the beautiful colours that give them their name.

Just like their larger cousins, the Sparkling Gourami is a bubble nest builder. Creating small clusters of bubbles on the water surface in order to place their fertilised eggs. If you plan on breeding these little gems, we advise you set up a separate aquarium to do so. Also, create a space above the water surface which is air tight. Fry require this area of warm damp air in order to develop their labyrinth organ. This can be created by using clingfilm but make sure this is air tight for effectiveness.

Customer Reviews

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Hamish Worsley
Great additions

I recently got some of these guys for my tank and they are incredible. With the fluorescent lights and a good diet they really show their flashy colour and are really awesome to watch them race around the tank. They are very inquisitive and always come up to the glass to say hi, especially at feeding time.

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