- Scientific name: Trichopodus leerii
- Common name: Pearl gourami, Lace gourami
- Group: Labyrinth fishes
- Habitat: Southeast-Asia
- Size: 12 cm
- Biotope: Found near the shore in areas with vegetation or underneath floating plants in standing or slow moving water
- Social behavior: The Pearl Gourami will be harassed, stop eating, and loose color if combined with aggressive species (cichlids). Otherwise an excellent community fish. Males may harass females during the spawning season. If this occurs, separate the pair because the male may injure or kill the female. Males are territorial towards one another.
- Diet: Live, Tubifex , insects, insect larvae, crustaceans, flakes, pellets, chopped spinach and lettuce
- Breeding: Quite easy
- Tank: Minimum 100 litres
- Population: 1 male and 2 females for 120 litres
- Decoration: Arrange the tank in dark colors with a cover of floating plants. The tank should be well-planted along the edges, and an open swimming area should be left in the center. Provide a retreat for each fish. Like all Labyrinth fish, the Pearl Gourami prefers shallow tanks.
- Temperature: 25-26°C
- pH: 6,5-7,5.
- Hardness: 5,6-8,4 NK°
- Lifespan: 5-6 years
Description: Male: The base color is a Reddish Brown that is almost completely covered by a mixture of White Pearly dots that give the look of an Opalescent sheen. An intermittent dark Brown line extends down the body sides from the nose through the eyes to the start of the tail fin where it blooms into a round blotch. Under this band there are a series of darker dots mixed in with the Pearly dots. The throat and belly area, including the base of the pectoral feelers and the stiff Anal rays turn a vivid Orange to Red. The female is less colorful with the base color being more brownish and the throat, belly area and Pectoral feelers a more Silver color.
A hardy fish that will adapt to many conditions. Keep them in pairs and the fish will display to each other and show off their best colors. Keep in a planted community aquarium with many plants including floating varieties. Provide hiding places for the female. Tank mates should be slower moving peaceful species. Provide good filtration with a slow water flow (like from a spraybar) so as not to disturb any Bubblenest. Pearls are Omnivorous and will take live, flake, frozen as well as vegetable based food.
Typical Bubble nest builder, where a large nest is constructed below floating or among plants. The nest and fry are maintained and guarded by the male. Feed on newly hatched Brine shrimp and transfer a rearing tank.