The Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis pumila), also known as Pygmy Gourami, is a small freshwater fish native to the ponds, slow rivers and rice fields of Southeast Asia. It is a member of the Osphronemidae family and the Anabantiformes order.
These Gouramis are very small and usually live up to 5 years. However, in good aquarium conditions they may sometimes live longer.
They belong to the anabantiformes order – also known as labyrinth fish.
Fish in this group have a special labyrinth breathing organ that allows them to take in oxygen straight from the air, instead of the way most fish get oxygen which is dissolved in the surrounding water.
- Species – Trichopsis pumila
- Common Name – Sparkling Gourami, Pygmy Gourami
- Origin – ISoutheast Asia
- Diet – Omnivore, eats algae
- PH Range – 6.0 – 7.5
- Water Type – Soft
- Temperature – Tropical 22°c – 28°c
- Breed Type – Egglayer, bubble nest
- Current Size – approximately 4cm (Grows to approximately 4cm)
- Sex – Un-sexed