Blue Gourami are Hardy Fish for Freshwater Tanks

Posted by Christy Caplan
Blue Gourami

Blue Gouramis are among the hardiest aquarium fish on the market. That's just one of many reasons fish lovers talk endlessly about the Blue Gourami. 

The Blue Gourami has only two spots, one in the center of the body, and a second at the beginning of the tail. The eye is actually the third "spot" that is referred to in the name, "Three-Spot Gourami."

They're like a mood fish! According to The Spruce Pets, they change colors!

"Usually silvery blue, their colors change considerably with their moods. During spawning, they acquire a much deeper blue hue."

Tank conditions

Blue Gourami should be housed with a variety of tankmates that are of similar size and temperament.

According to LiveAquaira, they are a rather peaceful fish.

"While males can be territorial with each other, they become timid around other, more aggressive fish. The ideal tank setup would be an aquarium of a minimum of 20 gallons which has plenty of live plants as well as rocks and driftwood for use as hiding places."

Blue Gouramis will tolerate a wide range of temperatures but prefer soft, slightly acidic water during the breeding season. 

What do Blue Gouramis eat?

The Blue Gourami is an omnivore and requires both algae-based foods as well as meaty foods. An algae-based flake food, along with freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp will provide these fish with the proper nutrition.  

They will voraciously consume hydra, which is a known pest. 

Typical behavior

Fish Aquarium Keepers tells us that Gourami Fish are easy to find friends for.

"This laid back species of gourami will express very little amounts of aggression. Mainly full of personality and playtime. The most common tankmates usually include livebearers such as Mollies, Platies, swordtails and some guppies. Some fancy longer tailed fish stimulate a gourami fish to chase and so some fin nipping."

Some interesting facts about this fish:

  • Other common names are Blue Gourami, Gold Gourami, Opaline Gourami and Cosby.
  • This freshwater fish isn't high-maintenance and even water conditions and water parameters are fairly easy to manage. Try out a community tank and get them some tankmates.
  • The minimum tank size is 15-20 gallons.
  • If you need to do further research about this hardy fish try the scientific name, Trichogaster trichopterus.

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