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TF2YD Stores > Wildwoods > Anabantoids -Gouramies> Banded Gourami Giant Dwarf Gourami Colisa fasciata
Banded Gourami Giant Dwarf Gourami Colisa fasciata
Category: Anabantoids -Gouramies
Price: £6.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 20 in stock
Water Chemistry: Adaptable
Care Level: Easy
Schooling Fish: No
Beautiful wild caught banded gouramies.
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Neutral|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Colisa fasciata (Banded Gourami, Giant Dwarf Gourami)
Rather similar to the dwarf gourami Colisa lalia in shape and colouration, though a bit larger. Mature males are greenish silver with red and blue oblique bands on the flanks. The fins are blue with orangey-red spots; the anal fin usually has an orange fringe. Females and juvenile fish are much less brightly marked. Female fish also have a shorter dorsal fin.
Full colours will only develop when kept in a shady tank with lots of plants and ideally a dark substrate. A varied diet containing crustaceans and algae is also important. Juveniles in display tanks at pet stores can often look rather drab, but the males will colour up nicely once settled into a suitable aquarium and provided wit females to impress.
Although less popular than the dwarf gourami, this species is much hardier and easier to keep and is highly recommended for community tanks. It does not appear to be sensitive to the virus that causes Dwarf Gourami Disease.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Wild fish inhabit still or gently flowing waters where the vegetation is very thick. They appreciate similar conditions in the aquarium. Either real or plastic plants can be used, but it is important that the tank offers plenty of shade, particularly close to the surface where these fish like to spend much of the time. They are easily bullied, so do not keep with nippy or aggressive tankmates.
Feeding these fish is not difficult as they will accept most foods. But wild fish feed primarily on algae and small invertebrates, so these should be included in the diet. Algae-based flake food makes the best staple, augmented with bloodworms, live daphnia, brine shrimp, etc.
Can be kept singly, in pairs or as a small group. As with other gouramis, males can be bullies, particularly if there are too-few females in the group. Could be aggressive towards other Colisa spp., but otherwise an excellent community fish.
Breeding is quite easy, though as with most other gouramis, the fry are small and require tiny live foods (such as infusoria) after hatching. Fish will spawn in soft, acidic water maintained at 28C. A large bubble nest is constructed under which spawning takes place. The eggs float upwards and are then protected by the male. The female must be removed at this point or she will be viewed as a threat and attacked. The eggs hatch about a day later. The male can now be removed and the fry fed tiny live foods. After a couple of weeks the fry will be large enough for brine shrimp nauplii and finely powdered flake food.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||South Asia: Pakistan to Burma|
|Size||Up to 12.5 cm, usually smaller|
|Water Parameters||Prefers slightly soft and acidic water, but very adaptable|