The Platinum Gourami is a beautiful color morph of the Three Spot Gourami Trichopodus trichopterus (previously Trichogaster trichopterus). It is one of the more subtle color varieties with its white body having soft yellow or silver undertones and a deeper toned striped patterning along the back. There is still a hint of marbling visible on this species, but it lacks the two dark spots seen on its parentage. This pretty fish, sometimes called the Silver Gourami, will make a gorgeous addition to a community aquarium.
These are Labyrinth fish, also called Anabantoids, which are distinguished by having a “labyrinth organ”. This is a respiratory organ that allows them to get air at the surface of the water. Like other fish they have the ability to pass water through their gills to obtain oxygen, but they are also able to breathe atmospheric oxygen. Another characteristic of the labyrinth fish is that of being a bubble nest builders. The male will build a bubble nest at the surface of the water and once the female lays the eggs, he will place them in his nest and guard them until they hatch.
These fish are very similar to their predecessors in all aspects other than coloring. They are the same in size and have the same habitat and care requirements. These are some some of the hardiest aquarium fish and make an excellent choice for new fish keepers. Aquarists will rarely forget the gouramis they have kept because each one has a remarkably individual personality. Platinum Gouramis are long lived and seem to be quite aware of their owners. These beautiful fish also have the endearing habit of using their pelvic fins to feel their environment and even feel their tank mates.
- Species – Trichopodus trichopterus
- Common Name – Platinum Gourami
- Origin – Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Thailand
- Diet – Omnivorous
- PH Range – 6.5 – 7
- Temperature – Tropical and Coldwater 25°c – 26°c
- Breed Type – Bubble nest builder
- Maximum Size – approximately 12cm
- Sex – Un-sexed