Care Level: Moderate
Live Plant Safe: Yes
General Description: The Fire Dwarf Gourami, also referred to as the Flame Red Dwarf Gourami, is one of the most popular freshwater fish species in the hobby. These colorful gouramis have been selectively bred from wild Dwarf Gourami populations in order to have their specific appearance. All males are a bright red color with an iridescent blue dorsal fin. Females are rarely offered for this color form. Gouramis are Labyrinth fish, which means that they can directly breathe from the surface. An adult Fire dwarf gourami can reach a size of approximately 3″.
Diet Requirements: In the wild Fire dwarf gouramis are omnivores. A diet made up of various high quality vegetable based and protein based flake foods, sinking micro pellet foods and bug bites are ideal, in addition to offering frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp and daphnia. Variety is the spice of life in order to maintain color, immune function and longevity of your fish.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 15 to 20 gallon aquarium is ideal for a single male Fire dwarf gourami. A larger aquarium will decrease its somewhat territorial behavior that could be exhibited more profoundly in small quarters. Dwarf gouramis should not be added into a biologically immature aquarium, as they are intolerable of nitrite and ammonia. Weekly water changes are encouraged to keep water parameters up to standard for Fire dwarf gouramis (Nitrates < 15 ppm). Because these gouramis are tank-bred, they are very adaptable to a wide range of water parameters. The aquarium can be aquascaped with rocks and driftwood to provide ample hiding places, but vegetation (preferably live) should be on the denser side. Dwarf gouramis would also benefit from some floating plants to provide areas of shade. Without sufficient hiding places and shade, this species can be extremely shy and more withdrawn. Only one male Fire dwarf gourami should be kept per aquarium. Avoid other Labyrinth fish, including Bettas, and long-finned fish that are slow-moving, such as guppies. Compatability with other gourami species is variable, but should only be attempted in very large aquariums that can accommodate them all. Dwarf gouramis would thrive best in a community-type aquarium that does not have overly competitive or aggressive tank mates. Tetras, rasboras, certain barbs and more peaceful cichlids are all good options. Recommended water conditions, 74-82° F, KH 4-10, pH 6.0-8.0.
Purchase Size: Medium: 1-1/2” to 2”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.