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Trichogaster pectoralis (Snakeskin Gourami)

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Not as popular or common as some of the more colourful gourami species such as the Pearl and Dwarf gourami. This is another of the gourami family that can get quite large at around 20cm.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

These are relatively peaceful fish. Provide them with plenty of hiding places and planted matter including floating plants. Sexing the fish is relatively easy. The males have more elongated and pointed dorsal fins compared to the females dorsal fin which is more rounded.

Breeding these fish is not that difficult. Once you have an established pair it is just a case of feeding them on a good varied diet and providing them with optimum water conditions.

The males build a nest under which they will spawn and the eggs will float up to. The parents in general will leave the eggs and the fry alone which does make it fairly easy to raise the young.

Family Group: Anabantoids
Distribution Thailand and the Malay Peninsular
Temperature 25-28C
Size Around 20cm
Water Parameters Soft and acidic water conditions are preferred
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Useful sources of information:

To find out more about labyrinth fish the best resource available is the excellent book by Aqualog called All Labyrinths.The book covers all members of the anabantoid family with over 650 colour photographs. To buy a copy of this book click here