Sparkling gourami (Trichopsis pumila)

Sparkling gourami (Trichopsis pumila)

Thanks to their small body size, sparkling gouramis can already be kept in relatively small tanks. Therefore, they are the ideal fish when looking for a stock for a nano aquarium. In addition, these small animals can also trump with their special ability. Sparkling gouramis can make noises. The so-called growl. This is extremely exciting for many aquarium owners.

Water values for sparkling gouramis

  • PH value: 6.5 – 7.5
  • GH (total hardness): 5° – 15° dGH
  • KH (carbonate hardness): 0° – 10° dKH
  • Temperature: 22° – 28°C


The fish is basically gray in color. However, after some time the sparkling gourami shows its full color splendor. It shows a brownish pattern on its entire body. The fins are dotted and are colored red at the edges. On its head there are often blue shimmering scales. Particularly striking in these fish are the extremely pronounced blue eyes that catch the eye at first sight. With proper husbandry and nutrition, the sparkling gourami reaches a size of up to 4 cm.


To bring the fish into spawning mood, the temperature should be slightly increased. Then the male begins to build a foam nest. The female ejects the eggs, which the male fish collects and brings to the nest. After about 24 the fry hatch. At this time, the parents should be released from the tank so that they do not eat their young. As soon as the newly hatched fish swim freely (usually a few days), you should start feeding them.

Keeping sparkling gouramis

Due to their size, a pair or a trio can already be kept in a nano aquarium with about 30l. The larger the group of sparkling gouramis becomes, the larger the tank must be. To create ideal conditions, the aquarium should be planted relatively densely. Additionally there should be some floating plants in the tank. A strong surface movement through the filter should also be avoided. The sparkling gouramis are not very demanding when it comes to feeding. Simple flake food is normally sufficient. However, it must be noted that the food is not too large, otherwise the fish can not eat it.

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