Most Popular Types of Dwarf Gourami Fish

Description: types of dwarf gourami fish consist of varieties from a common dwarf hybrid. Here are four popular types.



Gourami is known as aggressive fish, but dwarf gourami fish are most peaceful. Many types of dwarf gourami fish are colorful and calm. They are perfect companions for less colorful, peaceful fish. With average four-year lifespan and “aquarium status” as top-to-mid dwellers, dwarf gourami fish are great options for regular fish owners.

Gourami breeders have developed several varieties of dwarf fish, with unique colors. Here are some of the most popular ones.

1.     Common Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lailus)

The most common dwarf gourami has translucent white and blue scales with red markings. Originally known as Colisa laila, common dwarf gourami needs a lot of vegetations in an aquarium. The females can grow to 3.5 inches (8.8 cm), but the biggest males only reach 3 inches (7.5 cm).

Male and female dwarf gourami should be separated in a tank. They are peaceful when separated, but the males will get aggressive when the females are introduced. Gourami also reacts aggressively when bigger and colorful fish are introduced. Accompany them in the tank with fish like neon tetra or dwarf cichlids.

2.     Flame Dwarf Gourami

The flame dwarf is a variation of common gourami. These fish have similar appearances, but they are different in the red markings. The flame dwarf has bolder, more solid red coloring instead of stripe-like markings. These fish are slightly smaller than common dwarf gourami. The males grow to 3 inches (7.5 cm), and the females 2.3 inches (6 cm).

Due to their small sizes, flame dwarf gourami tends to act aggressively toward larger or more colorful fish. They should be kept with small, less colorful, and calm fish.

3.     Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami

Also known as rainbow dwarf gourami, the neon blue has bluer coloring than red. The blue shades range from turquoise to neon blue, with metallic accents. The color combination makes the fish look very attractive in an aquarium. The fish have similar sizes to the flame dwarf, both the males and females.

The neon blue dwarf has similar behaviors and characteristics to the flame dwarf — the fish like an aquarium full of vegetations.

4.     Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami

Also known as coral blue dwarf gourami, the powder blue has more solid blue coloring than the neon blue. However, the blue tends to be on the “powdery” side. The red markings are very subtle, making these fish noticeable among the other three. The size and behaviors are similar to neon blue and flame dwarf.

Dwarf gourami is a beautiful hybrid with brilliant colors. Owning one of these types of dwarf gourami will lit up your aquarium, especially if you like to fish with calm behaviors.

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