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Pearl Gourami - Trichogaster leeri

Origin: Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, South East Asia.
Temperament: Peaceful, males will sometimes fight
Care: Feed with flakes. Keep some broad leaved and some floating plants in the tank. Keep with peaceful species.
Temperature Range: 24-28C
pH: 6.5-8.5
Potential Size: 12cm
Breeding: Breeding the Pearl Gourami is not difficult, and they produce several hundred fry at each spawning. To breed the Pearl Gourami, begin by conditioning the pair for a couple of weeks with live or frozen brine shrimp and earthworms. Separate the sexes for a few days before transferring them to the spawning tank. Lower the water level to about fifteen to twenty centimeters and cover the surface with floating plants. Set up the breeding tank at least one week before breeding to establish some small micro-foods on which the fry will feed for the first week. The temperature should be adjusted to 28C and the tank should be well covered, as with all surface fish.
If your fish are well conditioned, the male's breast should be red and iridescent blue spots will shine on the body. After the male courts the female, he builds a bubble nest at the surface. The actual courtship and spawning are not at all violent or rough compared to some other labyrinth fish.The spawning act is of the type typical to labyrinth fish, that is, the male wraps the female and fertilizes the eggs as they are squeezed from her body. The male then delivers the eggs to the nest. After the spawning act is completed, the male guards the nest, and the female takes refuge from the male. At this time remove the female from the breeding tank. The male continues to guard the nest and hatching begins after 24 hours.
Sex: Mature males have a red throat.

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