This is by far the most frequently available of all the licorice gourami species. It has a long history in the hobby, having first been imported in 1914, but its rather demanding requirements mean that it is often not seen at its best in aquatic stores—a factor that has undoubtedly contributed to its somewhat limited occurrence in home aquaria.
Other common names
- Liquorice/Splendid Dwarf Gourami
- Banka and Sumatra (Indonesia) and peninsular Malaysia.
- Around 1 1/2in (4cm), although 3in (7.5cm) reported.
- Gentle, slow moving; must not be kept with boisterous tankmates.
- Small livefoods preferred, but some commercial diets may also be accepted.
- Quiet, well covered, well planted, with surface plants, a number of shelters, subdued lighting, and dark substratum. Water soft and acid, although some deviation may be accepted. Temperature range: 75-82 F (24-28 C).
- Male builds bubble nest (usually in a cave), often after egg release. Hatching can take 3 days. Male guards the eggs and newly hatched fry.