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Trichopsis schalleri (Three-Striped Croaking Gourami)

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A lovely small fish for the quite community aquarium. Easily overlooked in dealers' tanks, this is a species well worth looking out for.

Both sexes have a cream coloured body with three horizontal rows of brownish spots and blotches. Two run from the head backwards, while the third band begins behind the pectoral fins. The second band is by far the boldest. The fins are beautifully marked with red and blue. Males have longer fins and are usually more brightly coloured.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Needs a quiet tank. Do not keep with larger or more aggressive species. Work well with dwarf barbs and characins. Provide plenty of plants and places to hide.

Builds a fragile bubblenest under a leaf close to the surface of the water. During courtship both sexes 'croak'. The male guards the eggs until they hatch. Once the fry are free swimming they need tiny live foods but are not otherwise difficult to raise.

Family Group: Anabantoids
Distribution Vietnam
Temperature 22-28C
Size 5 cm
Water Parameters Soft or neutral water preferred
Water PH 6.0-7.0

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