Sphaerichthys osphromenoides
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Sphaerichthys osphromenoides

Common Names: Chocolate Gourami
Synonyms: Sphaerichthys osphromenoides osphromenoides
Family: Osphronemidae
Category: Labyrinth_Fish
Distribution: Asia; Sumatra, Borneo, Malay Peninsula.
Main Ecosystem: Flooding; Flooding
Temperament: Peaceful; Timid. Should not be kept with very active or agressive species.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Feed with live bloodworms and brine shrimp. The Chocolate gourami will accept frozen food in an ideal tank, but flakes will be ignored. This is a very difficult fish to keep,  e to diseases and poor water quality. You must maintain perfect water conditions in a mature, planted tank to prevent bacterial infections and skin diseases. Keep these fish only if you can provide the right conditions, and keep them steady. The Chocolate Gourami requires consistent parameters to remain healthy. Soft water is essential for the long-term health of these fish.
6 - 7
25°C - 27°C
77°F - 81°F
1 dH - 4 dH
Potential Size: Male: 5cm (2")
Female: 5cm (2")
Water Region: Middle, Surface; Middle-Surface
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: The male has a yellow border along the edge of it's fins.
Breeding: To initiate breeding, use peat extract and a pH 0f 6.2. Reduce the water level and raise the water temperature gradually over two days by 2°C. Then add some cooler water to the tank. When spawning, the female will hold the eggs in her mouth for 14 days, during which she does not eat, therefore she must be in prime condition.
Comments: Rare in Australia. The Chocolate Gourami is a species recommended for the advanced aquarist looking for a rewarding challenge. This profile contains contributions from Tim.
Main Colours: Brown, White
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Upturned
Tail: Concave
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Submitted By: Adam
Contributors: sirbooks, Joe Potato, zachf92
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