Once seen, a large mature male Pearl Gourami in full breeding regalia is never forgotten. This is another of those “must-keep” fish. A golden form appeared in outdoor ponds in Florida in the early 1990s, but the colors faded and were replaced by normal wild-type coloration over a period of a few weeks once the fish were transferred to indoor aquaria.
Other common names
- Lace/Leeri/Mosaic Gourami
- Trichogasterinae (classified as Trichogastrinae by some authors)
- Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, (possibly) Java, and around Bangkok (Thailand).
- Up to 6in (15cm) reported, but usually considerably smaller.
- Generally peaceful, except at breeding time when males become territorial.
- Most foods accepted.
- Large, covered, well planted, with some surface vegetation and an open central area. Subdued illumination recommended. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 73-82°F (23-28°C).
- Substantial bubble nest may be built at water surface by male. The eggs and newly hatched fry are also guarded by male. Hatching takes about 1 day.