Moonlight Gourami – Trichogaster microlepis
The moonlight gourami comes from Thailand and other areas of Southeast Asia. In the wild they prefer slow moving or still water.
Maximum Size: The maximum length is 6.0 inches. The female tends to be plumper than the male.
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons or larger tank is appropriate.
Care Level: The moonlight gourami is a relatively easy fish to maintain. On a scale of 1 –10, (10 being easy) it would rate a “7”.
Tank Conditions: Temperature 76 - 83°F; pH: 5.5 – 9.5.
Color: The moonlight gourami is a rather simple fish. Is the classic gourami profile. Its coloration is simple, silver gray.
Temperament: The moonlight gourami is not aggressive and should be kept in a tank with fish species that have similar temperaments.
Diet: Omnivore: Will take a varied diet of flaked foods, and small live freshwater shrimp, larvae etc. They should be fed 1 time each day. High quality vitamin enriched foods should be fed several times each week.
Habitat: Provide with live plants rocks, roots etc. Keep water movement low since this is a species that prefer quiet water.
Compatibility: Moonlight gourami in general can be kept with most other species that can handle the ph and temperature requirements. It is generally a peaceful fish. It is best to keep in at least pairs and or small groups.
Remember that as you look to add more fish to a tank, you will need to increase the tank size. As with all aquarium setups, whether it is fresh or salt, consideration needs to be given to the maintenance of water quality. Too many fish can result in poor water quality that can stress and even kill our fish.