Care Level: Moderate
Live Plant Safe: Yes
General Description: The Sparkling Gourami, also referred to as the Pygmy or Croaking Gourami, are quite possibly one of the cutest freshwater fishes that also packs a punch in personality for its very small adult size. Found across southeast Asia, the majority of Sparkling gouramis available today are produced on an aquaculture basis. Sparkling gouramis have an overall tan colored body with dark spots and iridescent blues, greens and reds throughout – these little guys seriously sparkle! Mature males will develop longer ventral, anal, dorsal and caudal fins. Multiple Sparkling gouramis can be kept together successfully, though a bigger aquarium is needed and all individuals should be added at the same time. Once males reach sexual maturity, some squabbling over territory could be observed. An adult Sparkling gourami can reach a size of approximately 1-1/2″.
Diet Requirements: Sparkling gouramis are omnivores. A diet made up of various high quality vegetable and protein based flake foods and micro pellets are ideal, in addition to 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 10 gallon aquarium is ideal for a single Sparkling gourami. This gourami should not be added into a biologically immature aquarium, as they are intolerable of nitrite and ammonia. Weekly water changes are needed to keep water parameters ideal (Nitrates < 20 ppm). The aquarium can be aquascaped with rocks and driftwood to provide ample hiding places. Vegetation (preferably live) should also be included in the aquascape. Without sufficient cover, this species will be more shy and withdrawn. Water movement should be on the gentler side. A Sparkling gourami should not be mixed with other Labyrinth fish, including Bettas and other gourami species. Do not introduce a Sparkling gourami into an aquarium that has overly competitive or aggressive tank mates. In such a setting, a Sparkling gourami will not thrive because of intimidation. Certain Tetras, rasboras, and other nano fish species are all good options. Sparkling gouramis have been kept successfully with Neocaridina or Caridina shrimp, but observation at first is still warranted. Recommended water conditions, 74-82° F, KH 4-8, pH 5.0-7.5.
Purchase Size: Medium: 3/4” to 1”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.