The Dwarf Gourami



Dwarf Gouramis are a popular fish for aquariums and ponds. They’re hardy, colorful, and relatively easy to care for. The only thing you need to watch out for is making sure they have enough room to swim around!

Tank Requirements

Dwarf gouramis generally grow up to 3 inches long and live 10 years or more in captivity. Their minimum tank size should be at least 20 gallons, with at least 5 gallons per gourami when they are full grown. A larger tank is always better, as it will allow them more room to swim and make it easier on the eyes.

The tank should be well-planted with dense vegetation that gives them places to hide if they feel threatened. Some good plants include Java ferns (Microsorum pteropus), Anubias barteri var nana, Cryptocoryne wendtii “red,” Cryptocoryne parva, Cryptocoryne beckettii “Green,” Amazon sword plant (Echinodorus bleheri) and Java moss (Vesicularia dubyana). Some people also use plastic plants like those made by Aquatic Arts; these are easy to clean but won’t last as long as real plants would.

Dwarf Gouramis are a popular aquarium fish, and for good reason. They’re colorful and active, but they’re also very small—and that makes them a great choice for a community tank.

But what kind of tank do dwarf gouramis need? How much space do they need to be happy? What should you feed them? And what other fish can you keep with them?

Let’s dive in!

The Size of the Tank

Dwarf gouramis don’t need all that much space, but they do need enough room to move around and explore. The minimum size for a tank with one dwarf gourami is 30 gallons (120 liters). If you plan on having more than one fish in your tank, double that number! That way they have room to swim around and interact with one another.

The Water Parameters

Gouramis are freshwater fish so their water should be kept at room temperature (65-75°F or 18-24°C). The pH level should be about 6-8 and the hardness should be near soft (0-25 dGH). You can get these levels when you add some peat moss or gravel from an established tank into a new one.

Dwarf Gouramis are one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish. They can be kept in community aquariums, but they are best suited to a planted tank with taller plants and lower light levels.

Dwarf Gouramis are native to India and Sri Lanka and typically live in shallow water with thick vegetation. They prefer water that is soft, acidic and low in dissolved minerals. The minimum tank size should be 20 gallons with a pH of 6.5-7.0 and a temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, although larger tanks are preferable for this species. Dwarf Gouramis do not need an airstone in their tank as long as there is sufficient oxygen exchange from surface agitation or movement from other fish.

Dwarf Gouramis are omnivores that feed on algae and small crustaceans such as brine shrimp nauplii or daphnia. In the wild, they are also known to eat plant matter such as algae growing on driftwood or rocks. They will eat commercially prepared flake food as well as freeze-dried bloodworms but should not be fed any type of meaty food such as beef heart or beef liver because it could cause digestive issues later on down the line when their teeth start.

Dwarf gouramis are a hardy fish that can live in almost any tank. They do best in an aquarium with plenty of hiding places, as well as plants and rocks. Dwarf gouramis should be kept in groups of at least six, but can be kept in larger groups as well—the more fish you have, the more food will be eaten.

Dwarf gouramis need to eat small amounts of food several times a day to stay healthy. They prefer live foods such as worms and brine shrimp but will also eat flakes, pellets and freeze-dried foods. They will also eat flake food that has been soaked in water overnight so that it becomes soft enough for them to eat easily.

Dwarf gouramis should be kept at room temperature or slightly higher than room temperature (between 72°F – 82°F). The best way to maintain this temperature is with an aquarium heater set between 76°F – 80°F, though if your room temperature is lower than 72°F then you may need multiple heaters.

Dwarf gouramis are compatible with many other types of fish including bettas, guppies and tetras.

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