Sphaerichthys vaillanti
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Sphaerichthys vaillanti

Common Names: Samurai Gourami
Special Chocolate Gourami
Family: Osphronemidae
Category: Labyrinth_Fish
Distribution: Asia; Borneo
Main Ecosystem: Flooding
Temperament: Peaceful; Timid with other species,territorial with its own kind. One couple is dominant. Recomended to keep them in a small group. Also a species tank is recommended
Diet: Carnivore; Black mosquito larvae, artemia.Basically all kind of live and frozen foods if they are small enough to fit their mouth. Ocasionally,can take even high quality flakes.
4 - 6.5
25°C - 28°C
77°F - 82°F
Potential Size: Male: 8cm (3.1")
Female: 8cm (3.1")
Water Region: Middle, Surface
Activity: Diurnal
Gender: The female has vertical red and green stripes, while the male is grey/brown, with a wine red hint. The colours of the female become very intense while breeding.
Breeding: Difficult. The PH must be very low and hardness (almost) O. Mouthbrooder. The male will carry the eggs, and during this period he won't eat.
Comments: Use dimmed light, peat filtration and mix the water with RO water, the proportion depending on the parameters of your tap water. They need floating plants and woods to feel secure. Not recommended for beginners. Very susceptible to disease, especially parasites
Main Colours: Brown, Red, Green
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Upturned
Tail: Convex
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