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Thick-Lipped Gourami

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Colisa labiosus - (Day, 1877)
Thick-Lipped Gourami

A dwarf gourami for peaceful community tanks. Best kept in pairs or a trio of one male and two females. Oliver Gorski/GNU/Wikimedia

[edit] Overview

The Thick-Lipped Gourami is among the larger of the dwarf gouramis. This languid fish will investigate its surroundings with its delicate feelers.

Family: Osphronemidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: A well-planted tank with a cover of floating plants and a dark substrate is the ideal environment for Colisa labiosus. This species is susceptible to disease and will not tolerate poor water conditions, so good filtration and regular water changes are a must.

Maximum length: 9 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (295 K, 72 °F) - 26 °C (299 K, 79 °F)

General swimming level: Midwater to top

[edit] Feeding

Another gourami that is not particularly fussy when it comes to feeding, the Thick-Lipped Gourami will accept a wide variety of aquarium foods, including good-quality flake, freeze-dried and tableted vegetable foods. Supplement with periodic feedings of live foods, such as bloodworms and tubificid worms.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Tends to be shy in the presence of boisterous tankmates. They make a fine choice for a small species tank. Keep one male to one or two females.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Bubblenest builder. The male will guard the nest and newly hatched fry, and like other bubblenest-building anabantids provides excellent attention to the glass-like wrigglers for the few days until they become mature enough to escape from the bubblenest permanently. Even after the brood is independent of the father’s attention, they school together for some time

[edit] Notes

This is a peaceful and good community citizen that should be kept with similar mild-mannered fishes.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: GNU
Text credit: KW
Facts about Thick-Lipped GouramiRDF feed
Common name Thick-Lipped Gourami  +
Family Osphronemidae  +
Genus Colisa  +
Image credit GNU  +
Maximum length 4 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Burma  +, and India  +
Reference 101 Best Tropical Fishes  +
Specific name labiosus  +
Swimming level Midwater to top  +
Text credit KW  +
Water max temp 299 K (26 °C, 79 °F)  +
Water min temp 295 K (22 °C, 72 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +
Living Stamp: Starfish

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