Dwarf Gourami

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Dwarf Gourami -- colisa lalia
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Scientific name: Colisa lalia

The Dwarf Gourami grows to two inches and is well-suited to a community tank inhabited by other small, calm fish. This peaceful Indian species is available in several different color varieties. Its colors are most intense in a tank with bright lighting but dark aquascaping and lots of plants.


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A water temperature of 72º to 82º Fahrenheit with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5 and moderately soft to somewhat hard water are good. The Dwarf Gourami eats all flake and freeze-dried foods. Vegetable flake foods and occasional feedings of live brine shrimp should be included in its diet.

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