When it comes to choosing dwarf gourami, there are many factors to consider. In this article, we’ll outline the different types of dwarf gouramis and help you decide which one is right for you.
So, whether you’re a breeder looking for a new bloodline, or a pet shop owner stocking up on fish, read on to learn more about these fascinating creatures.
Types of Dwarf Gourami
There are many different types of dwarf gouramis, or “dwarf bettas” as they are also known. Here’s a quick rundown on the most common ones:
Glass (or clear):
These fish have light pink, pale blue, gray or white bodies with transparent scales through which their internal organs can be seen. Their fins have a transparent appearance too, and they have light blue eyes. These fish are particularly sensitive to medications in the water, so it’s important to only use remedies that are specifically made for killing ich and fungus if you ever need them.
This has been one of the most popular dwarf gourami varieties for many years. Celestial Pearl has a dark blue body with a large, bright white spot on the belly, and a scarlet top fin – hence their other common name of “pearl” gourami.
These fish have a silvery gray body that is almost completely see-through. They have red eyes, and their scales are covered in a reddish film.
There are many other types of dwarf gourami including red flame, blue neon, cobra, chocolate (which is actually not a type of gourami but an albino rainbow fish), orange blossom, blueberry and marbled.
How to Choose Your Dwarf Gourami?
When choosing fish, it’s important to consider the size and personality of each individual before you make a purchase. Dwarf gouramis are generally easy to look after (although they need larger tanks than most other fish), but these tips will help to ensure that you choose the right type for your home.
When choosing a new fish, it’s important to consider its adult size in comparison with the size of your tank. Dwarf gouramis are generally 18 cm (7 inches) or longer when fully grown, so be sure that you have an aquarium large enough to house a fish of this size.
While dwarf gouramis are generally peaceful creatures, there are a few other things to consider before buying your new pet. Female gouramis, for example, may nip the fins of smaller fish because they’re protecting their fry. Dwarf gouramis can also be aggressive towards other gouramis, so it’s probably best not to keep more than one in a tank.
If you’re looking for a fish with an outgoing personality, dwarf gouramis are unlikely to fit the bill. They tend to stay in their own territory in the tank and ignore other fish – but if you do want to house them with other fish, they should only ever be kept with peaceful companions.
Look and feel
Although dwarf gouramis are very pretty fish, there’s more to consider than just their appearance. They’re sensitive to changes in water chemistry (although this is true of most bettas), so you’ll need to do some research before deciding which type is best for you.
Finally, take a look at your fish in person before buying them so that you can get an idea of what they’re like before committing to a purchase. Only buy from reputable stores with healthy stock, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if necessary.