Native to South-East Asia, these freshwater fish are a popular choice for home aquarium owners. These beautiful fish typically reach about 12 centimetres in length and have a distinct brown-silver colour which is covered in a pearl pattern – hence the name Pearl Gourami. Interestingly enough, the fish is also known as lace gourami and mosaic gourami due to various interpretations of the appearance.
How to Set-Up Your Tank for a Pearl Gourami
Firstly, it is important to note that a pair of Pearl Gourami’s need a tank with a volume of at least 120L. This is because these fish have been known to demonstrate signs of stress, aggression and illness when confined to smaller volumes of water. The optimum tank temperature range for this species is between 22°C and 28°C. It is also recommended that the tank has exposed air as this fish needs fresh air for one of their organs – labyrinth organ – to function correctly.
If you have a refugium, it can be highly beneficial to use the Freshwater Refugium Packs available at Aquatic Live Food. These packs contain everything you need to set-up a self-sufficient tank for your Pearl Gourami and any other freshwater fish you may have.
Ensure usual tropical tank care is maintained, including; filtration, lighting, substrate, decorations and plant maintenance. Please keep in mind that this fish is known to be very shy and reserved and will demonstrate these behaviours predominantly in the first few weeks of being in the tank. However, if the tank has healthy living conditions, the Pearl Gourami will outgrow these behaviours and start to shine and enjoy their living situation.
What to Feed Pearl Gourami’s
Pearl Gourami’s eat a range of algae and aquarium plankton. The first step to ensure they have adequate algae needs is to add phytoplankton to the tank. This can be purchased either by itself in the Freshwater MicroMagic product or it is also included in the Freshwater Refugium Packs.
These species are also known to enjoy Blackworms and Brine Shrimp. To feed Blackworms, ensure you have the Blackworm Feeder Cone on hand for easy transfer. You can buy Blackworms here and Brine Shrimp Eggs here on the Aquatic Live Food website.