Pearl Gourami

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Pearl Gourami -- trichogaster leeriSee more aquarium fish pictures.
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Scientific name: Trichogaster leeri

The Pearl Gourami grows to four inches. Its deep body is heavily peppered with shimmering silver spots that extend into the fins. The tank should be spacious, with lots of plants and subdued lighting; floating plants can help to provide areas where the light is diffused. This beautiful, peaceful fish does best when kept in pairs -- a male and a female. The Pearl Gourami should not be kept with aggressive tankmates.


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The water temperature should be between 72º and 82º Fahrenheit and the pH between 6.5 and 8.5. The water can range from relatively soft to quite hard. A variety of flake foods with high vegetable content and freeze-dried foods should be offered.

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