Dwarf Gourami

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Description of the Dwarf Gourami

The Dwarf Gourami is a peaceful fish that grows up to 5cm. Its body is translucent blue, with vertical reddish/orange stripes. Like other Gouramis, it is a labyrinth fish so has the ability to breathe air through its labyrinth organ. It is also a bubble nest builder, the male will build the bubble nest and protects the eggs until the fry hatches.

Popular Name: Dwarf Gourami
Species: Trichogaster lalius

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Dwarf Gourami

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Profile of the Dwarf Gourami
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Dwarf Gourami species.

  • Size: Up to 5cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 6.0 to 8.0. Temp 25 to 28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Algae Based Dried Food, Frozen Bloodworms and Brine Shrimp

  • Temperament: Peaceful Fish

  • Habitat: Lakes and slow moving stream with lots of vegetation

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish

  • Range: Asia: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Scientific Classification of the Dwarf Gourami
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Trichogaster lalius

  • Popular Name: Dwarf Gourami - Red Dwarf Gourami - Striped Dwarf Gourami

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes 

  • Family: Osphronemidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Dwarf Gourami?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Dwarf Gourami slimy?
Dwarf Gourami secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Dwarf Gourami to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Dwarf Gourami have gills?
Gills enable the Dwarf Gourami to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Dwarf Gourami have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Dwarf Gourami has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Dwarf Gourami has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Dwarf Gourami has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Dwarf Gourami has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Dwarf Gourami

Dwarf Gourami

  • Interesting Information about Dwarf Gourami

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Dwarf Gourami slimy?

  • Why do the Dwarf Gourami have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Dwarf Gourami have fins?

  • Species: Trichogaster lalius

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