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Sparkling/Pygmy Gourami (Trichopsis pumilus)


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Common Name: Sparkling/Pygmy Gourami
Proper Name: Trichopsis pumilus
Category: Labyrinth Fish
Temperature: 24 - 27 C
Temperament Peaceful
Maximum Size: 5 cm
 
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An absolutely wonderful and often overlooked fish. Very photogenic too! Not that I recommend it but I had a trio of these and 3 or 4 pygmy cories in a planted 1 gallon tank and they actually bred for me. I didn't even notice until one day I saw the fry while performing a water change. I wasn't prepared and lost them due to not having the right grow out food on hand. I can't wait to try again. One of my favorite fish. Kurt
 
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i love this fish their perfict 4 planted aquariums
 
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they are beautiful fish....i had bought five of them for a ~5-7 gallon container. Unfortunately, they passed away one by one. In the beginning they would feed on the small pellets but gradually, they would nibble and spit it out. They were shy little things but had GINORMOUS personalities! Its was a pleasure watching them chase eachother and hide under the banana-lilly pads =). Despite my bad experiencekeeping them alive, i would still buy them again but this time with a little bit more reasearch on their care...
 
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I have had these little jewel's before.they had one spawn and the other fish had a meal on the fry.These little guy's are really neat ,when they click they can be heard clear as day. they grow slowly but just love the bbs. that I feed them.A well planted tank will show their colours better.The males have a solid black line on the sides and females have a broken line.they look really neat in a tank with threadfin's together.
 
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Will a Sparkling Gourami eat hydras? I have a Betta in a 5 gal tank with 3 anubias plants which are covered in hydras. I used to have 1 anubias with hedge plants and the hedge plants are what brought the hydras. The hedge plants died and the anubias had to be split up. At least I think they're hydras. Their tentacles are not very long compared to their body. They don't get very big, because I break down the tank every week to completely clean it.
 
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I had a poor experience keeping these fish, but they arrived to my house in sickly condition anyway. I think they are picky with the food I gave them, but that may be because they were possibly wild caught. BEAUTIFUL fish though, I highly recommend them. They swim slowly and are shy, so be sure to keep them with fish that will not harass them. I adore these gems.
 
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These guys are full of personality for a tiny fish. I have 6 of them in a planted nano-filterless tank and so far they seem to be doing well. Mine only eat 2 things. Live bloodworm or New Life Spectrum Micro sinking pellets (i put micro because the pellets are tiny; less than 1mm) Anyhow, they don't compete well for food, so they're the only fish in the tank. They like to hunt down the blood worms. They seem to be the only labyrinth fish that I've kept which are peaceful to their own kind. If you get a chance to pick some of these up, don't let the chance pass you by.
 
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I have 6 of these in a 20 gallon community tank with some platys and pygmy corydoras. They've done fabulously well in the past 7 months that I've had them. They are voracious eaters and compete for food very easily with my platys. I'm not sure if my water parameters are ideal for them or not but they seem to be doing very well. Cute, spunky, durable little fish!
 
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Just as a note: Sparkling Gourami's are not compatible with scarlet badis unless you have relatively large tank.
 
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I picked up 3 of these a few days ago for £1.00 each as the lfs employee didn't know what they were. They're in quarantine for now. I think I got all males so I may go back and try to get a few females. I'm not sure if the fish I have are actually T. schalleri - they look the same to me, I can't distinguish the 2 species. My fish are juveniles only 1cm long (the smallest is actually slightly less than this) and are not fully coloured yet. So far I have had no luck getting them to eat prepared foods - are live foods the only options? They are stalking my cherry shrimp (who are in a breeder net for their protection) in my QT tank. I was going to put both cherries and gouramis in my planted nano but it looks like the cherries will have to go somewhere else - I may add a 1.5 gallon refugium to the tank for the cherries to live in instead. They swim around together like a little gang - its very cute and unexpected - I didn't think of gouramis as social fish but these guys seem to interact with each other peacefully. If one of them stops to look at something the others rush over to see what it is. It seems like they will hunt together too... I'm glad they can't get to my cherry shrimp!
 
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I have three of these in a basic 20 gallon community tank, and they're great! They leave everyone else be, they're out all the time, and they eat flake. The largest (who I presume is a male), will even follow my fingers around. They're quite the gorgeous little gems, so if you find them, buy them!

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