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FishDeals.com | Anabantids | Gouramis Species | Three-Spot Gourami
 
Anabantids - Gouramis - Three-Spot Gourami
(Trichogaster trichopterus) - Gold, Blue, Opaline

Three-Spot Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus) > Quick Stats

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Scientific Name: Trichogaster trichopterus
Family: Anabantidae
Origin: S.E. Asia
Adult Size: 5"
Social: Community Large Fish
Lifespan: 3-4 years
Tank Level: Top, Mid dweller
Diet: Omnivore, eats most foods
Breeding: Egglayer - bubblenest
Care: Easy
pH: 6.0 - 8.5
Hardenss: 4.0 - 17.0 dGH
Temperature: 68-78 F (20-25.5 C)
Availability: Readily available.

General Information:
They have been bred in several colour forms, hence the multitude of common names and synonyms. Its common name derives from the two dark spots on the body, with the eye making the third. The 3 main color versions of trichopterus are the Blue, Gold & Opaline colors. Wildcaught fish exhibit far more beautiful color than aquariumbred fish. Depending on the mood of the fish they can vary their coloration noticeably in seconds.

In the German version Baensch and Riehl report the following: "A fish that is almost impossible to kill" and "will even eat and live on oatmeal and dried daphnia, and because of that in some underdeveloped Aquarium countries still aquarium fish nr 1. ".

Compatibility:
Can be territorial with other gouramies, and sometimes with other tankmates. Does best in Large fish comunity tanks. Ideal tank mates include: All Barbs, a school of Clown Loaches, one Red Tail Shark or one Rainbow Shark, a school of Bala Sharks, Livebearers, Tetras, Danios, Rasboras, Loaches, Plecos, and scavenger Catfish.

Sexing:
Males have a pointy dorsal fin. The dorsal fin of the male tapers to a point, whilst the female will be fatter in the body with the many hundreds of eggs she is carrying.

Breeding/Spawning:

    Same as most gouramis. Lower the waterlevel to 15-20 cm in the same tank, do not transfer the fish to another tank since then they'll get very shy, and won't breed. The male will darken, which will bring out the yellow in the anal fin even better, and will build a very large bubblenest, which can measure 15 cm in diameter, although it's not as solid as for instance C. lalia. Sometimes plants are also used. After mating took place it's best to remove the female since males can be aggressiv. Up to 4000 eggs, but usually less.

Coloration:

    They have been bred in several colour forms, hence the multitude of common names and synonyms. The Gold Gourami is a color variation of the Blue Gourami that is a deep orange with lighter orange shading. The Gold Gourami also has rust colored markings and is lacking the "spots" of the Blue Gourami. This gourami is a rather peaceful fish that is very comical to watch as a juvenile. Gold Gouramis are considered Labyrinth Fish, meaning they breathe directly from the air and should have access to the surface of the aquarium.

Maintenance:

    This is a hardy fish which will tolerate a range of conditions.
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References/Further Reading

Andrews, C. 1986 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Fish Breeding. Salamander, London. 117 pp., color illus.
Boggs, Sallie S. 1981. Mouthbrooding Bettas (Betta pugnans, B. picta, B. taeniata, B. brederi). FAMA 9/81.
Lucas, Gene A. 1987. Betta pugnax: Observations on a large mouthbrooding Betta. FAMA 3/87.
Mills, D. 1984 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Community Fishes. Tetra Press, Morris Plains, NJ. 117 pp., some color.
Pinter, H. 1986 Labyrinth Fish. Barron's, Woodbury, NY. 144 pp., some color illus.
Richter, Hans-Joachim 1988 Gouramis and Other Anabantoids. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 224 pp.er,
Vierke, J. 1986 Vierke's Aquarium Book. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 352 pp.
Vierke, J. 1988 Bettas, Gouramis and Other Anabantoids: Labyrinth Fishes of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 192 pp., color illus.

Popular Gourami Species
Banded Gourami
Colista fasciata
Giant Gourami
Osphronemus gorami
Chocolate Gourami
Sphaerichthys osphromenoides
Dwarf Gourami
Colisa lalia
Honey/Sunset Gourami
Colisa chuna
Kissing Gourami
Helostoma temminckii
Moonlight Gourami
Trichogaster microlepis
Pearl Gourami
Trichogaster leeri
Snakeskin Gourami
Trichogaster pectoralis
Thick lipped Gourami
Colisa labiosa
Three-Spot Gourami
Trichogaster trichopterus
(Blue, Gold, Opaline)

 Gouramis Common Species Care Sheet - (PETCO.com)

Follow the above recommendations and you should have a joyful Gouramis experience. Send any questions, comments or pictures to Ask An Expert If you are interested in helping out visit our contributions page.

References/Further Reading


Andrews, C. 1986 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Fish Breeding. Salamander, London. 117 pp., color illus.
Boggs, Sallie S. 1981. Mouthbrooding Bettas (Betta pugnans, B. picta, B. taeniata, B. brederi). FAMA 9/81.
Lucas, Gene A. 1987. Betta pugnax: Observations on a large mouthbrooding Betta. FAMA 3/87.
Mills, D. 1984 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Community Fishes. Tetra Press, Morris Plains, NJ. 117 pp., some color.
Pinter, H. 1986 Labyrinth Fish. Barron's, Woodbury, NY. 144 pp., some color illus.
Richter, Hans-Joachim 1988 Gouramis and Other Anabantoids. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 224 pp.er,
Vierke, J. 1986 Vierke's Aquarium Book. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 352 pp.
Vierke, J. 1988 Bettas, Gouramis and Other Anabantoids: Labyrinth Fishes of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 192 pp., color illus.



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