Colisa lalia
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Colisa lalia

Common Names: Coral Blue Dwarf Gourami
Dwarf Gourami
Neon Dwarf Gourami
Powder Blue Gourami
Sunset Dwarf Gourami
Synonyms: Trichogaster lalius
Trichopodus lalius
Family: Osphronemidae
Category: Labyrinth_Fish
Distribution: Asia; Ganges Delta, India.
Main Ecosystem: Delta
Temperament: Peaceful; Normally peaceful, though this varies depending on the personality of each fish. Males will sometimes battle if not enough space is given them. Usually though, little to no harm results from these fights.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Feed with flakes. Keep many fine leaved and floating plants in the tank. Regular water changes are recommended.
6 - 8
25°C - 28°C
77°F - 82°F
5 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 9cm (3.5")
Female: 9cm (3.5")
Water Region: Middle, Surface; Middle-Surface
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males are brightly coloured, while females are a more greyish brown color. The male's dorsal fin is more pointed than the female's.
Breeding: Use a breeding tank: 25C, pH 6,5-7,0, dH 4-10, well-planted, lid closed, ideally with daphnia for natural filtering. Condition the breeding pair with (see FAQ) then raise temp. to 28C over a few days to trigger breeding. After nesting the female will be chased away and must be taken out. After the eggs have hatched (1-2 days), take out the male. Feed the fry with soluble baby fish food for 4 days, then use smallest size artemia twice a day. Dust food only works later on.
Variants: Three morphs of the Dwarf Gourami have been developed. The original variety, the Neon Dwarf Gourami, is light blue in color with vertical red stripes and red on the fins (pictured). The second variety, the Sunset Dwarf Gourami, is nearly completely red with blue only on the fins and back. A third variety, known as the Powder Blue Gourami (or sometimes the Coral Blue Gourami, and not to be confused with the true Blue Gourami) is a solid light blue in color with only minimal red coloration.
Comments: Best kept in male/female pairs.
Main Colours: Red, Blue, Grey
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Upturned
Tail: Concave
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Submitted By: Adam
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