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Three-Spot Gourami

Description of the Three-Spot Gourami

The Three-Spot Gourami is also known as the Cosby Gourami, Gold Gourami, Blue Gourami or Opaline Gourami. They are a labyrinth fish and as such have the ability to breathe air. Other labyrinth fish include the Siamese fighting fish and Paradise fish. Although called the three-spot Gourami, they actually only have two spots! The spots are in line with their eye and this is known as the third spot.

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Three-Spot Gourami


Three-Spot Gourami


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Popular Name: Three-Spot Gourami
Species: Trichogaster trichopterus



Profile of the Three-Spot Gourami

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Three-Spot Gourami species.

  • Size: Up to 15cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 26-27 Degrees PH 6.6-6.8

  • Temperament: Males can be aggressive towards smaller fish

  • Diet / Feeding: Brine Shrimp, Bloodworms, Algae based dried foods

  • Behaviour:Territorial fish, can be 'fin nippers'

  • Range: Mekong basin, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

Scientific Classification of the Three-Spot 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 trichopterus

  • Popular Names: Three Spot Gourami - Cosby Gourami - Gold Gourami - Blue Gourami - Opaline Gourami

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family:Osphronemidae


Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Three-Spot 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!


I
nteresting Facts and Information - Why are Three-Spot Gourami slimy?


Three-Spot Gourami secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Three-Spot 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 Three-Spot Gourami have gills?


Gills enable the Three-Spot 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 Three-Spot 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 Three-Spot Gourami has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

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

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Three-Spot GouramiFish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

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

Three-Spot Gourami

  • Interesting Information about the Three-Spot Gourami

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Three-Spot Gourami slimy?

  • Why do the Three-Spot Gourami have gills?

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

  • Species: Trichogaster trichopterus

 

 


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