|Common name||Dwarf gourami
|Scientific name||Colisa lalia|
|Tank setup||Planted tank with gentle circulation and some floating plants|
|Compatibility||Normally peaceful, but may become territorial with other gouramies or similar fish.|
|Water chemistry||Good water quality required, soft to medium hard, pH 6.5-7.5|
|Feeding||Omnivorous, most foods accepted, include plenty of vegetable matter.|
|Sexing||Males are generally larger, and more colourful; females tend to be silvery.|
|Breeding||Bubble nest builder. Remove female after spawning.|
The male will guard the eggs and fry, and should be removed when they are free swimming.
Best kept in pairs in a peaceful, well planted aquarium. A variety of colour forms have been produced, including
'Blood red' (pictured), 'Neon blue', etc.