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Pearl Gourami

pearl gourami

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Scientific Name:   Trichogaster leerii      
Min. Tank Size:   30 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   75-82°F      
pH:   5.5-8.0/2-30°dGH      
Size:   4.5"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Well suited to a community tank; Livebearers, Cyprinids, White Clouds, Corydoras Catfish, and Loaches.

Pearl Gourami

One of the most popular species of gourami in the aquarium trade, the Pearl Gourami is also called the Lace Gourami. These fish are often found in the mid to upper level of lowland swamps and streams throughout Thailand and Malaysia as well as the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Pearl Gouramis have light brown bodies often covered in white, pearl-like spots. The nickname Lace Gourami comes from the black line running along the entire body from the nose, through the eye, to the base of the caudal fin.

Tank Set-up

Pearl Gouramis are a peaceful species well suited to large community tanks. These fish tend to feel confined in tanks smaller than fifteen gallons and are most likely to thrive in a planted setup that provides plenty of open swimming space. Pearl Gouramis are a hardy species, often recommended for beginning aquarium hobbyists. These fish should not be kept with very large or aggressive species because they can become intimidated and withdrawn.


This species is omnivorous by nature and is generally not fussy in captivity - it will generally accept any food offered. In the home aquarium, Pearl Gouramis can be offered a staple diet of high-quality flakes or pellets supplemented with live and frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp and Daphnia. To help achieve the best health and color of this species feed a varied diet on a regular basis.


These Gouramis are bubble nesters - the male of the species prepares a nest of bubbles along the surface of the tank and transfers the eggs to the nest following spawning. Spawning can be encouraged by lowering the water level in the tank to between six and eight inches and maintaining a temperature around 82 degrees Fahrenheit and a pH of 7.0. After spawning, the female fish should be removed from the tank and the male should be left to guard the eggs. Depending on the tank temperature, the eggs should hatch within 30 hours and the fry will become free swimming after another 4 to 5 days.

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