Parosphromenus deissneri

Common Names: Deissner's Licorice Gourami
Licorice Gourami
Synonyms: Osphromenus deissneri
Family: Osphronemidae
Category: Labyrinth_Fish
Distribution: Asia; Southeast Asia, in Malaysia and Singapore.
Main Ecosystem: Lake; Lives in blackwater in marshes, ponds, and lakes.
Temperament: Peaceful; Very peaceful gouramis. These fish can be timid, so they should be kept in tanks with other calm fish.
Diet: Ominvore; A good diet includes an algae-based flake food, with tubifex worms and bloodworms.
Care: The licorice gourami needs a well-planted tank with low current. Floating plants should be included for cover. They do best in species-only tanks, since they tend to be shy.
5.5 - 7
24°C - 28°C
75°F - 82°F
1 dH - 11 dH
Potential Size: Male: 4cm (1.6")
Female: 4cm (1.6")
Water Region: Middle; Rarely surfaces for air like other anabantoids.
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males are much more colorful than females, and are smaller.
Breeding: These fish will build a bubble-nest inside of a cave. The pair will lay from 40-100 eggs over the span of about two hours. The female is then chased away, and the male will watch the nest. The fry should be removed after hatching.
Comments: These fish need excellent water quality to display their beautiful coloring. They can be difficult to care for, and are not recommended for the beginning aquarist.
Main Colours: Black, Brown, Red
Markings: Striped Horizontal
Mouth: Upturned
Tail: Convex
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