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Ctenops nobilis (Frail Gourami)

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A challenging species that does not do well in the average community tank. Unlike most other gouramis, this fish needs well-oxygenated water with a decent current. It does not like tropical temperatures for extended periods and is best kept in a well-planted subtropical aquarium.

It seems to be prone to bacterial infections, and if kept in water of the wrong pH and hardness, or at too high a temperature, it is very short lived. A fish for experienced aquarists prepared to give it the extra attention it demands.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Not particularly shy, and quite readily takes live and frozen foods such as bloodworms. Could potentially be kept with other fish from running water habitats but this would expose them to possible infections and parasites. All things considered, this fish is best kept alone.

Rarely bred in captivity, but is known to be a mouthbrooder.

Family Group: Anabantoids
Distribution India, Bangladesh
Temperature No higher than 22C
Size 10 cm
Water Parameters Soft, acid water essential
Water PH 4.5-5.0

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